Throwback Thursday. A Year Ago, I Gave a TEDx Talk in Trinidad

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I couldn’t sleep. The night before my TEDx Port of Spain appearance, I was nervous to the point of nauseousness. I remember tossing and turning in my old bed, trying to fall asleep in my old childhood bedroom. I had written a speech, but the point was to practice it over and over again until […]

How To Live A Life More Like Nelson Mandela’s

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  On December 5, 2013, the world lost Nelson Mandela. At age 95, he had lived an incredibly full life and news of his ailing dominated headlines this year, so hearing that Mandela had passed made me feel a strange mixture of sadness and acceptance. As Bishop Desmond Tutu expressed, “we are relieved that his […]

Iman! Gabrielle! Bethann! And…Me? My Essence Upfront Panel Experience

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  I’ve said this quite a bit when asked about what it’s like to be who I am and do what I do – my job is an ever evolving, always exciting exercise in perpetually rising to the occasion. That’s the most appropriate explanation for last Thursday’s experience. I was flown to New York City, […]

Join Me As I Co-Host The Happy Black Woman Chicago Happy Hour!

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  My bellas in Chicago – you may have noticed that I don’t host many events. I also don’t go to many events. I tend to be kind of a homebody, when I’m home. But next Tuesday I’m participating in something truly special and unique – and I’d love you to come and join me! […]

Things We Can Learn From Jenifer Lewis

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  Jenifer Lewis is a whole lotta woman. She’s a powerhouse actress, a groundbreaking performer of stage and screen, and a legend who has worked with the best in the business. And I can tell you from personal experience, she gives AMAZING quotes in interviews. I learned that from personal experience when I interviewed her […]

Inside My AT&T It Can Wait Polish Party + Blackberry GIVEAWAY

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  The whole reasoning and concept behind AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign is heavy. In case you haven’t yet seen the commercials directed by the brilliant Werner Herzog, make sure you’ve got some tissues nearby. They’ll break your heart and make you think long and hard before you dare text and drive again. That’s the […]

In Love With New Orleans! Where To Dine and Drink in The Big Easy

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  The first time I visited New Orleans was in the year 2001. My husband and I were on an epic road trip, driving from Miami to what ultimately wound up being San Francisco. We drove across the south, stopping in major cities along the way. Our first stop and our last stop before Miami, […]