I can’t get away from these hashtags, y’all. If you haven’t heard the story of #planebae, let what you read here serve as “a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent.” Here’s what happened. Earlier this month two women on a plane switched seats so that one could sit next to her boyfriend. … Continue reading Privacy Is No Longer a Thing. Ask #planebae
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
I’ve never been someone who believed that a woman had to follow extremely strict rules on how to dress. There are far too many considerations to bind a woman – or a man, for that matter – to conventions often established so long ago, they’re no longer valid. Your sartorial choices might be influenced by … Continue reading Melania, Did You Forget That You’re First Lady?
Nicki Minaj is one of those celebrities that makes headlines as a matter of course. She doesn’t have to do much. Thanks to her enhanced curves, racy rap lyrics and unsmiling, unapologetically sexual visage, just standing there in one of her over-the-top costumes is usually enough. Case in point, her recent shoot for Elle, which … Continue reading Nicki Minaj and the Power of an Image to Create Controversy
I was at the Javits Center working with a client last week when I noticed we were sharing the convention hall with the BookExpo. There was a huge banner advertising Bill Clinton’s new book with James Patterson. I thought, ‘Huh. That’s an interesting pairing. Marketable and attention grabbing, for sure.’ I’m not sure I’ve ever … Continue reading Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing
So, this week the NFL officially banned taking a knee on the field. Players who do will be fined. I thought, great. Here’s another way for you to pay for being black, or to pay for caring about issues that affect black people. Not that the players are entirely without options; they can choose to … Continue reading Being Defensive In an Argument Makes You Look Weak
For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a theme with which to resurrect my YouTube channel. I’ve literally been gone since November – the last time I posted a video – and it’s ridiculous. I’m in the content creation business, and video is huge. I’m seriously missing the boat. It’s likely I’m overthinking the … Continue reading When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse
I create a lot of content in my work. That content is used for different media, platforms and purposes, whether they’re written, spoken or visual. However, no matter what form that content ultimately takes, it’s successful reception usually comes down to two things: how I deliver a message and who I’m delivering it to, or, … Continue reading How Does Your Company Handle Reports of Employee Harassment?