So, I have a new client, a tech startup, and this is the first time I’ve worked in the startup environment. It’s only been a week, but it’s data, analytics, and more data and more analytics. I’ve learned a lot, which is good. I’ve even started to think in start-up terminology. My client’s favorite words … Continue reading Ladies, Treat Yourself Like a Start-Up
It’s a big news week thanks to Michael Cohen and his testimony about the President on Capitol Hill, but that’s not what held my attention. No, this week, I’ve been mildly obsessed with this idea of reparations. And by mildly obsessed I mean it’s hard for me to hear it discussed as a viable idea. … Continue reading Reparations? You’re Joking, Right?
It’s a story I’ve heard more than once, more than twice even. In fact, my own sister has told me tales of #ridingwhileblack at least three different times over the years. Cabbies or Uber drivers would drive her to some completely foreign location, and then order her out of their car, threaten to call the … Continue reading You Could Be the Editor of Vogue and Still Become a Hashtag
I’d like to talk today about privilege. Specifically, how utterly and completely ridiculous it is when you don’t realize you have it, you behave irrationally, and the media retaliates by turning you into a living meme. In the past few months there have been a rash of video-based stories all over social and traditional media … Continue reading When Life Becomes a Meme – You May Be a Racist
My heart absolutely breaks for Chikesia Clemons, the 25-year-old woman who was brutally assaulted/arrested last weekend at a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama. It’s really hard for me to write my blog this week. I’ve wavered, I’ve teared up, I even debated not writing anything because I knew this had to be my topic, and … Continue reading Boycott Waffle House. Let Chikesia Know She Matters
So, yeah. Rachel Dolezal has a new documentary coming out on Netflix, “The Rachel Divide.” Cue gag reflex. My eyebrows legit met my hairline when I saw this story. I thought about it, but ultimately I can’t get my back into a blog denouncing Netflix as a heretic for airing this misguided pathetic-ness. At the end … Continue reading Why Won’t Rachel Dolezal Go Away?
I almost titled this blog, “What Not to Do When Someone Writes a Tell-All About You,” but the idea behind it is bigger than that. It’s something that I’ve been chewing over for weeks, and it’s something that can affect anyone whether you’re in the public eye or in a public-facing role. But the scuttlebutt … Continue reading Guard Your Image, or Else
Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa tweeted his support today of the idea that “mixing cultures” leads to a lower quality of life. The Internet backlash was immediate. But here’s my question. Should leaders be forced to be pro-diversity? He does represent a state in this union where diverse people reside. It stands to reason … Continue reading Should Leaders Be Forced to be Pro-Diversity?
So, thank God I lived to see another Thanksgiving. I spent it quietly with family. Celebrating the purchase of a cousin’s new home, seeing and being aggravating by my brother for the first time in months, and drinking wine with another cousin’s wife, who is now one of my favorite black women on the planet. … Continue reading When the Turkey’s Been Cut, and You’re Full and Sleepy…