Directionless Without My GPS
I’ve been a fan of podcasts for a minute now, but sitting up in the house all day, I’m listening more and more. I love the inspiration to break up the monotony of being bored in the house while I’m in the house bored. At this point, I find that with few exceptions, I noContinue reading “My Top Social Distancing Podcast Picks”
I’ve never before felt the loss of a public figure. Yet over the last couple days, I’ve noticed an intermittent heaviness in my chest. I know the streets will mourn Jay-Z when he’s gone, but I remember my confusion after Nipsey Hussle’s passing. I wondered how a rapper I’d never heard of could have hadContinue reading “A Cultural Loss”
As I’ve been reading academic literature on second-generation immigrant identity, I’ve been thinking about how others have interpreted my race and ethnicity, especially within educational spaces. As I do this, I’m grappling with the reality that being the daughter of Nigerian immigrants has afforded me certain privileges relative to my Black American siblings. With theContinue reading “On Self-Advocacy”
Whew! This has been a week, a month and a year. I’ve experienced a lot of loss within my greater community (most notably, two close friends lost their moms within five months of each other) in addition to the collective grief created by the pandemic and the continuous retraumatization of the Black community amidst currentContinue reading “6 Self-Care Rituals”
It very well could be from my contrarian cultivation at the liberal arts college I attended. And there’s probably quite a bit to unpack about toxicity within white liberal culture but that’s for another day. In any case, it really bothers me that there’s been a mad dash for the same ten books on everyContinue reading “Peak White Fragility”
Sometimes people (irrespective of race, but especially white) feel like “small” things don’t matter. That’s not true. Such beliefs mean that donating to bail funds or standing on the frontlines at a protest are “important” while sending flowers to a Black friend or stranger is not. And that’s simply not true. Black people nationwide areContinue reading “Supporting Your Black Friends: A Gift Guide”
I tried to keep spoilers to a minimum, but there are still some here. Proceed at your own risk. I loved Celeste Ng’s novel, Everything I Never Told You, and always meant to read Little Fires Everywhere but the Hulu miniseries got to me first. When I started watching Little Fires Everywhere, it left meContinue reading “Musings on Mia Warren”
Little known fact, but I absolutely love commencement addresses. Each one is a beautiful distillation of years worth of experience into digestible tidbits for the graduating class to keep in mind as they begin a new stage in their journeys. (As I write this, it has just occurred to me that I should add deliveringContinue reading “The Revolution is Also at Home”
Do your favorite influencers ever just disappoint you? For me, sometimes it’s partnerships with useless brands or content that misses the mark on substance e.g. makeup palette advertisements and selfies without ever acknowledging we are in the midst of a pandemic. In any case, I have been scoring the internet for last month wondering whenContinue reading “Mother’s Day 2020: A Gift Guide”
In my post last week, I reflected on my attempts to not feel overwhelmed by the scarcity around me. With further thought, I think scarcity may not have actually been the largest factor I was observing and experiencing. There is real scarcity now I acknowledge that is absolutely true. But I also think that whatContinue reading “On Convenience”
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