Loving Your Own Kind: Appreciation for Black Women and Black Beauty

Loving Your Own Kind: Appreciation for Black Women and Black Beauty

In the African American community today, a conversation is taking place about the idea of beauty and acceptance of black women by black men. Much has been made of African American male celebrities dating non-African American women, specifically white women. Growing up in New Hampshire, a predominantly white state, influenced my perspective on beauty and my definition of what was beautiful.

The Grind After College To Find A Career Path

The Grind After College To Find A Career Path

The secret sauce to landing a career you want is being resourceful and knowing what your personal brand is. What is your mission and what is your calling? Having your own framework is important because it gives you a point of reference to identify how it aligns with the work you are doing for someone else. The grind is even harder for minority groups in America who are trying to land a decent job after graduating from college with minimum connections.

Why Facebook Benefited More From The Hearing Than The American People

Why Facebook Benefited More From The Hearing Than The American People

What frustrated me about the Washington hearing is that Congress did not challenge Zuckerberg about his revenue stream methods, or his analysis and influence tactics regarding user data. The issue is not about Facebook selling our data. It’s about Facebook not informing users how their data is being used internally and about how outside vendors are using the data to influence prospects.

Faith: How my mother’s faith in God helped my family escape genocide in the Congo.

My mother’s faith in God gave us hope and allowed her to bring ideas into reality by following her heart and the creative thoughts on new ways to provide for us. The fact that we were still alive months after my father was assassinated and that my mother was earning enough money to sustain us was enough for me to start believing in God. It did not matter if God was real or not.

Is the conflict in the Congo too complex for Americans to care about—even though we’re connected to it?

Is the conflict in the Congo too complex for Americans to care about—even though we’re connected to it?

the more my life in America continued to prosper, the less often the atrocities I experienced and my lucky escape were top of mind. The reality of my present fogs the reality of the past, which is still a daily reality for millions of people all over the world. Nevertheless, I am reminded of this terrible reality every time I read or watch the news.

Men are Dogs - Let’s change the Reality

Men are Dogs - Let’s change the Reality

I celebrate the power and courage of women everywhere who are willing to step out, share and relive what has happened to them. In doing so, they have created an opportunity to disrupt how our society views women. Negative attitudes and behaviors toward women have been tolerated for centuries. And they have changed over time only when women have fought for their equality and autonomy. But clearly they have not changed nearly enough.

Forgiveness: When anger from pain and bitterness feels too strong to consider it

Forgiveness: When anger from pain and bitterness feels too strong to consider it

I realized at that moment that I had been carrying all of this pain and anger. I heard a voice saying to me that I needed to let go. I argued with myself and said, “But I’m not supposed to let go. My experiences justify my feelings.” The voice was insistent. “Let go!” it shouted.

My passion of learning indicated I was an A student but my report card said I was a C,D,F student. A second chance to redeem myself changed my education path.

My passion of learning indicated I was an A student but my report card said I was a C,D,F student. A second chance to redeem myself changed my education path.

I was an analytic and process learner. I had to place the context of the subject in real life in order to retain the material. Building alliances with my teachers was always the starting point. I wanted them to know that I cared about learning and not to count me out.

What is the right way to protest?

What is the right way to protest?

The arguments about how to protest cannot be understood without first examining the different factors that contribute to them. To begin with, moral judgment influences the arguments. It is important to dissect how personal morals and values shape everyday life. Look beyond the emotional impact of the situation.  Other factors, not usually in the forefront, come into play when people discuss effective protesting methods.