Once Upon a Summer in Chicago When Everybody Was Alive #Summer17Writing


As a child the last day of school was always the best day of my life after Christmas.

It would begin in late spring when summer would tease us with the glory of what was to come. When bubble coats and wools hats no longer served their purpose. We’d shed off our extra layers and run out to recess. Spring fever was at an all time high as teachers and students struggled to finish the year strong. The last school bell on the last day of school signified that we’d made it. Grey skies, snowstorms, and freezing temperatures were officially a thing of the past. Our future was bright with summer camp, bussing open the fire hydrant, choke sandwiches, chasing ice cream truck, pickles & sunflower seeds, a family trip down South, and the grand finale would be the Bud Biliken Parade.

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A Double Date With The Obamas #SouthsideWithYou


“On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.” -Pres. Barack Obama

Last week I had a chance to check out “Southside With You” which hits theaters today and fell in love with my president, first lady, and sweet home Chicago all over again. Written and directed by Richard Tanne, the film tells the story of the Obama’s first date on the Southside of Chicago. Read More…

5 Lessons Spike Lee Can Learn from Barbershop: The Next Cut


Remember that time Spike Lee did a movie about Chicago that almost everyone IN and FROM Chicago hated? With the exception of Jennifer Hudson and Father Pfleger, because money talks, most Chicagoans and the rest of the world were perplexed about the actual purpose of Spike Lee’s film “Chiraq”. It’s always exciting when your city is being represented on the big screen, but disheartening when it’s just wrong. Dreadfully wrong.

My husband and I went to check out Barbershop: The Next Cut this weekend and was pleased. Like “I can’t wait for this to come out DVD” pleased. Like “Can we go see it again next week?” pleased. It was THAT good. It was so good, that it made us wonder again where a legend like Spike Lee went wrong with Chiraq. I’ve identified 5 lessons Spike Lee can learn from Barbershop: The Next Cut. Read More…

Alice Foy Presents “Tea + Floral” Pop Up Event: Chicago


You know spring has arrived in Chicago when you have sunshine, blue skies, snow, and thoughts of taking shelter, because you’re almost sure a tornado  is about to occur. Smh. Thank GOD for Alice Foy, founder of the Tea + Floral Pop Up Event, bringing much needed laughs, floral print, and tea to this gloomy and yet beautiful weekend in the city. While surrounded by pretty flowers, guests sample tasted tea from Yummy Love Tea, and enjoyed macaroons, networking, and plenty of pictures. Check them out below. Read More…

That Time I Had to Drop Out Of Columbia College #TBT


I wish I could remember what happened in the moments leading up to my breakdown. I can’t. All I know is I locked eyes with who had quickly become my favorite professor during my freshman year at Columbia College Chicago, and before I knew it I was in her arms crying uncontrollably. She escorted me to the bathroom, so we could speak in private, because my outcry had clearly interrupted Voice 1 (I was a theatre major). She kept quietly repeating “No, no”, as if I’d done something that disheartened her. I knew what she was thinking, so I quickly said “I’m not pregnant”. She seemed a little shocked, but replied “So what’s wrong?”. I informed her I wouldn’t be returning for the second semester, due to a lack of funds. She quickly gave me alternative options that could possibly prevent me from having to drop out, but I’d already been there, done that. I needed money to return. I didn’t have it, so I had to leave. Read More…

“Style With EDEN” Hits Chicago


Hey guys! If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you already know last week I was a hair model for EDEN BodyWorks “Style With EDEN” event here in Chicago. EDEN recently released their new Coconut Shea line and wanted to use Rachel O. and I as hair models to display the diversity of their product. One word describes my experience: EPIC. Read More…

Sometimes It’s Hard Being Black & Christian


She told me about the business her father owned and my mind automatically began to wonder. I wasn’t playing the victim or having a pity party, but as I listened to my White friend talk about her father’s endeavors as an entrepreneur, I couldn’t help but to think of the potential entrepreneur stories that my father and grandfather were robbed of. My grandaddy came to Chicago from Mississippi, during the Great Migration. He worked 3 jobs to provide a better life for my grandmother and their 4 boys. He worked until cancer claimed his life. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, because my father has the exact same work ethic. I’m proud to come from a family of hard working Black men. It’s who they naturally are, because they want to be. However, it’s who they HAVE to be as well. There’s no happy ending consisting of the playing fields being leveled, receiving 40 acres & a mule, or tokenism-free opportunities. Read More…