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I’ve been a busy, busy Bee :)

8 Oct

I’ve been away from blogging for a bit trying to stay on top of work, grad school and most importantly: I’ve been working in roles  that will help further my dreams of being in the writing, editing and publishing world full-time. It’s definitely a journey, ya’ll. A give and take. Sometimes with more sacrifices than immediate rewards- but the feeling of doing what you love is priceless. There’s no feeling that can compare to living out your purpose and realizing your dreams.

More on that later.

But with that being said, please check out the latest production piece from Luce Inspiration Enterprises, where I’ve worked as the social media manager for the last 6 months. Lucy Coutinho is a journalist, radio personality and formerly worked at BET until she decided to pursue her dreams of becoming an author and owner of her own production company. Her Crown and Glory is an interview with two young woman immersed in their natural hair journeys who discuss the challenges women of color face when embarking on a mission to embrace their full selves, without the influence of mainstream standards of beauty. Check it out below!

location: evolving.

6 Sep

It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before
You look surprised, your words don’t burn me anymore
Been meaning to tell you, but I guess it’s clear to see
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of me
Can’t be bad, I found a brand new kind of free

Careful with your ego, he’s the one that we should blame
Had to grab my heart back
God know something had to change
I thought that you’d be happy
I found the one thing I need, why you mad
It’s just the brand new kind of me

It took a long long time to get here
It took a brave, brave girl to try
It took one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, don’t be surprised

if i talk a little louder
If I speak up when you’re wrong
If I walk a little taller
I’d be known to you too long
If you noticed that I’m different
Don’t take it personally
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of me
And it ain’t bad, I found a brand new kind of free

Oh, it took a long long road to get here
It took a brave brave girl to try
I’ve taken one too many excuses, one too many lies
Don’t be surprised, oh see you look surprised

Hey, if you were a friend, you want to get know me again
If you were worth a while
You’d be happy to see me smile
I’m not expecting sorry
I’m too busy finding myself
I got this
I found me, I found me, yeah

I don’t need your opinion
I’m not waiting for your okay
I’ll never be perfect, but at least now I’m brave
Now, my heart is open
And I can finally breathe
Don’t be mad, it’s just the brand new kind of free
That ain’t bad, I found a brand new kind of me
Don’t be mad, it’s just a brand new time for me

-Alicia Keys

On embracing the “Hell No”:

16 Jun

Mama Melanie

1 Jun


Melanie Fiona had me feeling all the feels and this time it’s not due to a love song. In what may be one of  the most candid and touching 21 minutes of footage I’ve ever seen, The “4 AM” singer recently posted a cathartic video via her YouTube channel reflecting on her birth experience. Fiona gave birth to son, Cameron, on March 14th after having an unexpected and particularly difficult labor which included developing a dangerously high blood pressure and a rare case of preeclampsia.

“I was disconnected from the whole process because it just happened. Until I sat down and really had to process what happened. And I had to deal with feelings of disappointment and feeling like a failure…That sounds so crazy because, how could I even look at this beautiful child and feel like I failed?”

In echoing what other celeb moms have said about the pressures to “snap back” post-baby, Fiona discusses her staunch rejection of comparing and rushing her journey or her body as she eases into motherhood. She goes onto to discuss an unanticipated journey of re-discovering herself through new motherhood, body changes, the necessary lifestyle adjustments, and confronting questions of what these changes mean as she moves forward.

“I’m looking at myself with completely new eyes, trying to understand who I am. What is this new body? Who is this new woman? Who is this new mother? And everyday I just try to be honest with myself and I try to forgive myself and be patient. And I look at my beautiful son and I don’t regret any of it….I would do it all over again.”

It’s nearly impossible to get through this confession without shedding a tear or two whether you’re a mother or not, but it’s well-worth the emotions and, per usual, she drops some real gems of wisdom throughout.

“Live in your truth. Be patient with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Be forgiving of yourself. And love yourself. Love yourself at every stage…”

Lessons on lessons on lessons.

Check out the clip below:

Be Shameless.

21 May


“Life if like a sling shot. It pulls you back to shoot you forward.” -Shameless Maya

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From the goddess, Warsan Shire:

‘For women who are difficult to love’

you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.


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