Culture/Advocacy Writer, Comms Strategist, and On-Air Journalist with 20 years of industry experience.
Mariah Carey Joins Leslie D. Rose To Chat About Her Favorite Holiday
The Queen of Christmas joined Leslie D. Rose (Blavity) to discuss her McDonald's Partnership, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and ways to maintain the holiday spirit after a rough couple of years.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters On What You Need To Know About Equifax's Latest Infraction
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has been hard at work utilizing the tools at her disposal to hold credit bureau Equifax accountable for its recent infraction of inaccurately reporting scores for millions of customers from March 17 to April 6, which resulted in credit and loan denials and higher interest rates. Initial phases of her plan included sending letters to Equifax and the CEOs of the nation’s largest commercial banks in which she demanded a timely response to several questions mean...
Kérastase Symbiose Relieved My Dry Patchy Scalp, Leaving Me With Shiny, Moisturized Strands
We have all been guilty of trying to extend the life of a hairstyle we love—in some cases, much longer than we should. For me, it’s a bomb blowout. I struggle silk-pressing my own thick, butt-length hair, so whenever I get it professionally catered to, I make it las...
'Fibroid Slayer' Dr. Pierre Johnson Shares What Black Women Need To Know About Fibroids
Black women experience fibroids at a slightly higher rate than women of other races, with eight of every ten Black women being diagnosed with these generally-noncancerous uterine growths. More often than not, when experiencing severe symptoms of the gynecological issue, the aforementioned group of women faces healthcare disparities and poor recommendations for treatment options, even botched surgical procedures that leave them with unsightly and unnecessary scars.
Rap as Marketing, Advertising, and Branding
Rap and hip hop music became major tools for advertising, marketing, and branding in the mid-1980s. It is likely the perception of cool that works well for advertisers, coupled with the ever-growing popularity of the genre among younger audiences. Over the years rap has been used as a means of drawing in consumers not familiar with it but fascinated with its elements, as well as rap fans seeking to emulate popular artists. Since the mid-1980s, rap has been used to sell everything from clothing to cars, cell phone providers, computers, beverages, food, lint rollers, and dolls.
My HBCU Homecoming Is Where I Remembered My Authentic Self
Last year, I stood under the Maryland moonlight on the evening of a once-every-19-year eclipse in my zodiac. I was 19 years old the last time it had occurred. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I would remain in a complicated relationship with that grown teenager for the next two decades. It would take a full year to develop the gratitude and grace for my former self that would propel me to honor and appreciate the strong and successful woman I have become since then...
Erika Alexander Talks New Audible Original, Advocating For Black Women And Her Iconic 'Living Single' Role
Erika Alexander is not only an iconic veteran actress; she’s also an entrepreneur, creator, producer, director and activist who utilizes her work to benefit the well-being of Black women and other marginalized groups.
Kerry Washington Talks About Her New Show Unprisoned
Kerry Washington Talks About Her New Show Unprisoned
Inside The Rap On Trial Bill And Why It Matters
Using song lyrics against rappers on trial may soon become a thing of the past in New York, as the birthplace of rap music and hip-hop culture could potentially be the first state to protect the First Amendment rights of rappers who often face having their creative licenses disregarded in courtrooms. That’s all if Senate Bill S7527, also known as “Rap Music on Trial,” introduced by Senators Brad Hoylman (D/WFP-Manhattan) and Jamaal Bailey (D-The Bronx), successfully becomes law.
I Was Diagnosed With ALS as a Teen—I Never Lost Confidence Thanks to My Family
"Trying to remember life before my disability is challenging, laughable really. Before my ALS diagnosis, I have memories of being a typical teenage girl experiencing a dope upbringing with a bunch of friends, having fun. I went to a lot of dances. I had a good time. I was obsessed with B2K, and if it wasn't B2K, it didn't matter to me. Even now, thinking back,..."
Continued Colonization and Erasure: Here's Why Native Hawaiians Don't Celebrate Statehood
The history of Hawai’i is rarely discussed beyond the understanding that it became the 50th state of the union on Aug. 21, 1959, following 61 years as a territory of the U.S. But even though Statehood Day is a legal holiday in Hawai’i, the way the islands became a part of this country is not a celebrated story.
How writers explore homelessness is essential to effective advocacy
No matter what kind of storyteller you are, all writers are committed to telling effective stories.
This is especially important when it comes to exploring sensitive topics like homelessness and housing insecurity, where the language used can be the difference between an advocacy-based piece and one that further marginalizes an already impacted group of people.
A Sexologist Provides Tips For Soft Launching Your Boo On Social Media
Pop diva Lizzo recently joined The Breakfast Club for a morning chat about new music and even dished on her relationship with comedian Myke Wright, during which she jokingly referred to her social media posts with him as a soft launch.
4 Times I Found Myself At The Intersection Of Black And Latina
I was born a Black girl to a light-skinned Black American man and an Afro Puerto Rican woman. My entire being sits at the intersection of Black and Latina. My life oftentimes feels like a competition between multi-marginalization and some sort of privilege I don’t ever feel the benefit of experiencing. I am not a unicorn, but all too often I don’t know who understands me or if I even want to acknowledge the social constructs of my genetic makeup.