So, the candidates for the 2020 presidential election are out, and the mudslinging and excessively intrusive background investigating has begun with a vengeance. What struck me this week? The narrative on Kamala D. Harris as a gold digger because she dated a married man – get this – 20 years ago. Now, for the record, … Continue reading Kamala D. Harris and the Powerful Black Woman’s Dilemma
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
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many considerations to bind a woman – or a man, for that matter – to conventions often established so long ago, they’re no longer valid.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?
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 was all about the 2018 Golden Globes. The black dresses, the political messages, the speeches and presentation zingers. But who remembers the winners – except for James Franco for all the worst reasons – when Oprah gave the acceptance speech heard ’round the world? Winfrey was the first African-American woman to ever … Continue reading Seal, Did You Really Think You Could Come for Oprah?
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