Have you registered for The Online Single’s Conference yet?

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Despite how you feel, your single season is the most important season of your LIFE.

Some of you know, that I know the above statement to be true. If you’ve read my book “When God Said Yes”, you know my story. I WISH I wouldn’t have wasted most of my singleness wondering when my husband would find me, instead of getting prepared. Nope, I had to learn the hard way. But you don’t! Read More…

I’ve Partnered With AT&T for “28 Days” Campaign & Here’s Why You Should Care

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Forget what Stacey Dash says, or in the words of Gabrielle Union “Who is Stacey Dash?”, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s Black History Month! My family and friends know I absolutely LOVE Black History Month. Maybe it’s because I attended a grammar school that made us sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” EVERY morning. Or maybe it’s because we would have Black History competitions every February, forcing us to “level up” and learn our Black History facts. Of course I won, like every year 🙂 OR, maybe it’s the fact that my father would take me to the DuSable Museum here in Chicago, purchase me books written and illustrated by African Americans, and consistently remind me that I was a Black princess (I love you Daddy). Whatever it may be, here I am at the age of 31, and Black History Month is a time of celebration, educating, and thriving in my blackness. #BlackByChoice #BlackLivesMatter #BlackGirlMagic #BlackBlackBlack *twirls* Read More…

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

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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

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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…

#BlogHer15 in NYC with McDonald’s #McDBlogHer

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As I write this post, I’m sitting in bed with my swollen feet propped all the way up. Yes, these feets are legit swollen after the madness that took place last weekend. If you follow me on Instagram & Twitter, you already know I was in NYC at the #BlogHer15 conference with McDonald’s. You read right, McDonald’s asked me to cover the conference, and of course I said HECKS-TO-THE-YES! Read More…

“When God Said Yes” Book Launch: Chicago Recap

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Whewwwwwwwwwwww! Hey guys! Okay, I think I’m finally recouping from the Chicago launch of my first book “When God Said Yes”. What. A. Night. It was everything I dreamed of, and MORE. I want to thank my sponsors for making this day possible: EDEN BodyWorks, Black & Married With Kids, Sweet Blooms Cupcakes, Photos By Chaci, The Stork Bag, and Fashion Fair. Thank you for believing in me, and for saying… YES. Read More…

Why I Unfollowed Her

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I try not to be petty when it comes to social media, but who am I kidding, we all have gotten our “social media feelings” hurt a time or two. However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who’s “following” us back or not, because I’ve come to the conclusion that real fellowship occurs offline. Even still, I HAD to unfollow her. Read More…

Sometimes It’s Hard Being Black & Christian

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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…