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 […]

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 […]

7 Things I’ve Learned In 7 Years of Blogging

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Seven years ago this week, I did something whimsical. After an evening of casual brainstorming, with the encouragement and advice of my husband and a dear friend, I bought a domain name and started this blog. I didn’t go into it thinking “OMG I’m going to create a brand and quit my day job and […]

Say Something Nice To Yourself. Today And Every Day

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“OMG I’m such an idiot.” “Oh no! I’m the worst!” “I’m no good when it comes to **insert task here**” “I’m sorry!” “I SUCK at **insert thing here**” Does this kind of thing sound familiar to you? Do you say things like this? Do you have friends who say things like this? How often do […]