“Do you consider yourself a ‘conscious’ person?”

A couple of weeks ago, I had to conduct interviews for leadership positions in a service program I’m a part of called Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Warning, begins shameless plug: It’s a nationally recognized, student-led program run through Howard University’s Office of the Dean of Chapel that provides students with a service learning experience while positively impacting communities across the country. As the Site Coordinator for ASB’s Chicago site, I interviewed students who wanted to become team leaders in Chicago as well as other cities we will be serving in the spring. While I was in one interview with another site coordinator–who was particularly quiet throughout the interview–he looked up from his evaluation form and ask the nervous freshman, “Do you consider yourself to be a conscious person?” Now we were given a list of questions by our director to ask the students so that we could evaluate them effectively, and whether someone was ‘conscious’ or not definitely wasn’t on that list. Granted we all veered off and occasionally asked site specific questions. But when he asked the girl about her consciousness–who by the way looked like she’d pass out at any moment–I looked at him suspiciously wondering why he’d ask her something like that. (more…)


Thoughts on Mike Brown and Ferguson

A murder was committed this past weekend. The victim was 17 years old and unarmed. He pled for his life with hands in the air, only to be shot down execution style and left lying on the ground for 4 hours. His name was Michael Brown and his killer was an officer of the law.

Normally, I don’t like to publicly comment on these things. But this time is different. (more…)

7 Reasons Why Kanye West Is One Big Walking Contradiction

Kanye West may not have a cutely-called cult like Rih or Bey, but his fans are just as loyal as a hardcore Hive or Army-member. We’ve stood by him through the platinum albums sales and violent run-ins with radio hosts and teen pop stars. But there’s only so much a fan can take.

In the last few years, Kanye has been giving us one contradiction after the other—through his actions and his bars. And well, enough is enough. Call it tough love, but maybe airing out the proverbial dirty laundry will help.

So Kanye, I hope (albeit, in vain) that you’re reading this, because no one wants another verse like your feature on “I Won.”  —A Devout Yet Concerned ‘Ye Fan (more…)

Tomboy Fashion Blogs to Follow for Inspiration

Sometimes a lady just wants to ditch the body-con dress and Louboutins for an oversized tee and a pair of loose-fitting jeans. We may even throw a hat on instead of battling our unruly tresses. And for those of us who feel like this on a  regular basis, there are a slew of fashion blogs to check out for inspiration. Bookmark these sites that feature some of the cutest tomboy style around. (more…)

Jewelry Boutiques to Check Out on Etsy

Ladies, you know that the right accessories can turn a plain tee and jeans into runway style. But those statement pieces either cost way too much or are a dime a dozen at a franchised retail store. And while some of you may live in big cities with neighborhoods boasting boutiques on every corner, others aren’t so lucky.

For those less fortunate ladies wishing they could have those unique pieces hanging in their jewelry boxes, Etsy is the site for you. Whether it’s a statement piece or an every day look, these 16 jewelry boutiques are stocked with exactly what you’re looking for. (more…)

12 End-of-the-Summer Getaway Ideas

Summer 2014 is quickly coming to an end and colorful leaves will be painting the pavement before you know it. And while barbeques and bon fires are nice, everyone deserves a little vacation. Whether you’re ditching work to take a road trip with your girlfriends or escaping the monotony of dinner-and-a-movie with a romantic weekend of relaxation, it’s time you got out and enjoy the season of sun. Check out these 12 summer getaways across the country that are sure to show you a good time for a low price.  (more…)

11 Inexpensive Ways to Redecorate Your Home

Your home should be your sanctuary—a place where you can seek solace whenever the outside world is becoming too much to bear. But how can it live up to it’s purpose if you can’t stand to look at your décor anymore? That couch you recycled from your college apartment is worn-down and the walls look like they’ve been through hell and back. But there’s plenty of cheap ways to redecorate any room in your home. Check em out…