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World Slow Down: What Happened to the Weekend?

Weekends are supposed to be a time of relaxation.  I can remember when I was a young girl, living on the dirt roads of South Carolina, and how we so enjoyed the weekend.  Waking up around 6am, tip-toeing into the kitchen to fix a bowl of cereal.  Then making our way into the living room…

My first run in with campus racism

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I was raised in an area filled with African Americans. My parents’ home is located in an area where hard working blacks thrive. The high school I graduated from was almost 100% African American and had a 100% graduation rate in 2015. I never attended a predominantly white school because the area I lived in…

Save Your Coins with Kroger Click List

If you can save your coins, it is the number one way to build wealth.  I am looking for ways to build wealth as I close out 2016 and enter 2017.  I think so many people have gotten caught up in the idea of making money, but have totally forgotten the importance of saving.  I tried…

Election 2016: I’m in a glass case of emotion!

Election 2016

Today, November 8th, 2016, is a day of many emotions.  I’m conflicted, irritated, numb, and happy all at the same time.  It’s election day and although I’ve voted early, this date signals the end of Election 2016.  Whew!  I know I’m not the only one who just breathed a sigh of relief at the end…

College Is Supposed To Be Scary

Graduating high school a few months ago had to be one of my greatest moments of 2016. I reached a milestone, but I never really spoke about my unease with going to college during the first few weeks of the summer. I’m a person that absolutely hates change. It scares me to know that I…

Positive Outlook Challenge… Join Me!

PositiveOutlookChallenge

Mondays.  Well…you know it can be a sad realization when we realize it’s time to get back to work and our weekends are over.  Today, when my alarm clock went off at 6:30am, I had the same thought most people have, “I want to sleep just a couple more hours.”  Instantly, something switched in me….

Why I’m Loving The Phrase, “Sorry Not Sorry”

sorry-not-sorry

I’ve adopted the phrase, ‘sorry.  not sorry.’ as a personal mantra.  I mean, I feel like this phrase has been something people have been wanting to say for years but just couldn’t due to all those pesky PC (politically correct) people out there.   Seriously, if you’ve ever heard or said something like… “I ain’t…

What Every Woman Damn Near 40 Should Understand

Sooo…I recently celebrated my 37th birthday and I tell you, it is the first one in which I felt 100% at ease with.  Yes!  I’m damn near 40, and I’m happy!  My thirties have definitely been a journey of endless revelations.  I got divorced at 32, which in and of itself was an opportunity to…

A Fallen Love Story

In honor of National Learn How to Swim Day, I thought it’d be great to share a personal story in regards to how important it is to learn how to swim. Back in high school, going to the lake was one of the things you just had to do at least twice in the summer…

The Case of Symone Marshall & Why YOU Need to Know

Brace yourself.  I am about to tell you a story that is all too familiar.  However, it is one of many that we NEED to know.  We don’t need to become desensitized to the commonality of our fallen sisters.  I demand acknowledgement of the failure to protect these women….OUR women. The 22-year-old was involved in…

A New Perspective on the Paranormal

Yesterday, I was invited to a private media screening of the all-new series, “Ghost Brothers”.  I’m a huge fan of the horror genre and the paranormal.  I’m geeky like that.  Yes, I’m the girl that rushed to literature class whenever we were covering Edgar Allen Poe.  I LOVE it! So you can imagine my delight…

Road Trippin’ in the New 2016 Kia Sedona

I’ve been really busy since February with the STRONGER Empowerment Tour.  We’ve been hitting the road every week to various college campuses in SC, GA, NC, and TN.  It’s been an enjoyable tour and I hate to see it come to an end.  Now that spring has sprung, we welcome the road trips with me…

An Empowering Tea With The Tankards

Bravo hosted “Tea With The Tankards”, a private press luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead featuring Thicker than Water cast, Jewel Tankard, Brooklyn Tankard, Latisha Tankard and Shanira Tankard. Guests participated in intimate conversations with the cast and enjoyed a classic tea party experience. Yours truly was one of the invited guests and I enjoyed every bit of…

Southern Charm Comes Naturally!

You’ve heard the saying, “Smiling faces, beautiful places,” right?  If not, this is the state slogan for my home state, South Carolina.  I currently reside in Atlanta, GA, and southern hospitality can be found here as well.  There is just something about Carolinians though.  Many of my friends here in Atlanta have often said the…

Help Young Black Women Escape Stereotypes

I am black. A black girl, more specifically. I go to a predominantly white high school. I live with the pressures of rising above the stereotype of the typical black woman. The definition of a stereotype is any commonly known public belief about a certain social group or a type of individual. Stereotypes are often confused with prejudices because, like prejudices,…

Room to Roam in the Mazda CX-5

I like road trips.  There are always some hilarious stories that come from a long ride with my co-host, Alton, and I.  With the hustle and bustle of living in the city, you don’t always feel you have the time to relax and enjoy life.  That’s why I love road trips.  The open road gives…

Foodie Review: Giant Ribeye at Smokey Bones!

There is nothing like a juicy steak.  Medium rare, seasoned to perfection, with various side items…that’s heaven to me.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to dine at Smokey Bones, a barbecue restaurant, and try out their latest offering, the Giant Ribeye special.  I brought my radio show co-host along with me to help me…

Stock Up On Scott & Save at Dollar General

In my home, I have 3 roommates.  And they’re men…yep, men.  That automatically makes me the mama or big sister of the house.  And when it comes to keeping house, I know that every now and then I’ll get that knock on the door or hear a yell from downstairs, “Can I borrow a roll?”…

J. LO TAKES ON RISKY ROLE IN “SHADES OF BLUE!”

courtesy of OnGiselleAve Jenny from the Block is serving up sexy tomboy with a side of kick-ass in her latest role on NBC!  There are good cops, there are bad cops; then there is Jennifer Lopez playing a bad ass cop in her latest show, “Shades of Blue,” coming to NBC this Thursday at 10/9 Central! I…

Slay of the Day

We love fashion don’t we ladies?  Every day via the gift of social media, I find tons of sisters that SLAY on a daily basis.  With that in mind, I decided to share with you all, the “SLAY OF THE DAY!”  Yasss, these beautiful sisters are giving us life with their impeccable and unique style….

5 Reasons FYI’s ‘#BlackLove’ Gives Me Life!!

The FYI channel has recently premiered it’s latest series, #BlackLove, which follows five black women in the city as they try to find their happy endings love.  We posted about the launch of this series and were hoping it would bring a refreshing perspective of the romantic and loving side of black women.  My fear,…

5 Things ‘Scandal’ Can Teach the Side Chick

This season of Scandal has been up in the air for me.  I’ve missed the live airings of some of the episodes, but thanks to my DVR, I’ve always been able to catch up the following day…or weekend.  Anyway, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the premise of this show is…

Let’s Get Married!: Part One- Popping The Question

Love is such a beautiful thing and so are best friends.  It’s even more special when you can combine the two.  I’ve been married before, for 6 years.  And although my marriage didn’t last, I still have the utmost respect for what marriage is really all about. My best friend, has been with me since…

The Family Dollar Fabulous Event {Giveaway}

Last week, I was honored to be amongst 40 of the best African-American style/beauty and lifestyle bloggers in the country!  Family Dollar invited us to be a part of the Family Dollar Fabulous event.  In its third year, this event brings bloggers and brands together to discuss how they can work together to promote their…

Real Women Read ATL Meet-Up with Author R.L. Byrd

Saturday, the Atlanta area members of my social media book club, #RealWomenRead, had an opportunity to meet one another AND get to meet the author of our October Book of the Month, Black Coffee.  The meet-up was held at Cafe Intermezzo in Dunwoody.  The weather was perfect and the ladies in attendance were ready to…

Impressed with imPRESS Manicure Press On Nails

I’m a believer in the little things.  I have a list of “little” things, you know, the small luxuries of life.  I think it’s important to surround yourself with these small tokens of satisfaction as they can make an ordinary day far more than mundane.  One of my “little” things is a great manicure.  I…

10 Fav Fall Beauty Must-Haves

Fall is here…I’m not a fan.  However, change is inevitable and I’m a proponent of acceptance of change.  With that being said, this is the time of year in which sisters the world wide, retire their summer handbags and prepare their fall bags with all the things they’d rather not leave home without.  As you…

Friendship…Road Tested, Soul Approved

It’s good to have friends.  It’s great to have best friends, that are like sisters.  As we mature into adults we meet amazing people.  Some of those people will become acquaintances.  But sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you’ll gain a sister.  I’ve been blessed to experience these defining moments five times in the span of…

Show Girls You CARE About Their Education!

September is here and the kids are back in school.  For me, this is the time of year when I experience an influx of college interns contacting me for an opportunity to work for my site.  They honor the opportunity to learn via hands-on experience in their major.  For girls here in the US, our ability…

Snack Attack: Savings at Publix

I try my best to be healthy…er.  Well, I’m sure I fail miserably most days.  As a blogger, the days can be pretty darn hectic sometimes and I end up eating out a lot.  Eating out almost nightly can be costly, to not only my bank account but my waistline too.  My mom tells me…

Jetting Around Town…Affordably with Mitsubishi Mirage

One of the many perks of being a blogger, is that you get to try out amazing products and services to share with your followers.  Out of the tons of things that are sent my way, there are a few things that I actually rave about or feel you guys would even utilize.  Recently, I…

And Then I Remembered…Sandra Bland

While out running errands, I made the U-turn to head back home after picking up everything I needed.  I was ready to get home and relax.  Coming down Memorial Drive at 55 mph was typical and well within the speed limit (or so I think).  I was preparing to switch lanes when I saw a…

My Beauty Full Weekend

In my last post, I told you guys that I am going to be proactive about my skincare.  I’ve been using my black soap nightly and it is making a marked change.  I’m noticing that my skin is a lot clearer and that makes me super happy.  Over the weekend, I had the chance to…

Taking Comfort In Me…and U By Kotex Liners!

This weekend, I will be speaking to a group of women about the importance of accepting themselves.  I am one of the three keynote speakers for the I Am Enough Empowerment Brunch.  I’ll be telling the ladies all about my book, I Hear That Girl:  Life Advice For Every Sista, in which I discuss moments from…

Black Don’t Crack! Time To Get Serious About Our Skin!

Black don’t crack!  If you’re a black woman, you’ve heard that statement time and time again.  And guess what…it’s almost damn sure a fact!  Black women have the blessing of melanin and other great genes that seem to preserve the sexy, the tautness of the skin, even the glow.  Most of you can look at…

Sooo…Apparently, BET Punk’d Me!

So, apparently, I got punk’d.  BET Uncut is not returning to the television airwaves (thank God).  However, I meant every single word that was said in my blog rant.  Even with the revival of a light-hearted prank show, I still have many questions for the programming team at BET.  There are many other television shows…

Foodie Review: Cheeseburger Bobby’s

Thursday evening I went to the Fantastic 4 screening in Brookhaven.  I had the opportunity to catch the cast on the red carpet and even a special pic of Ludacris and the cast as well.  I’m a huge Marvel fan so I was really excited to be a part of the red carpet festivities. After…

Drop 5 Movement: SlimQuick’s Extra Strength Drink Mix

If you’ve been following me on social media, you’d know that I have had my struggles with weight loss and changed my lifestyle to fix it.  About two years ago, I started my low-carb lifestyle.  I found out through my attempt at the Atkins Diet, that bad carbs were my Achilles heel.  I’m not going…

Tap the Future: 5 Tips for a Winning Pitch

Last night I attended the Miller Lite Tap the Future Pitch Contest with one of my blogger friends, Kyla.  The event featured Daymond John, entrepreneur and star of Shark Tank.  There were many different entrepreneurs in attendance to watch, participate, and cheer on the selected pitchers.  Each company was given 5 minutes to pitch their…

Design Essentials Gives Me a Moisture Makeover!

While enjoying the Essence Festival activities this year, I was invited to participate in Design Essential’s “Moisture Makeover”!  As a naturalista, keeping my hair moisturized is always a main concern and issue.  I’ve used several products to alleviate dry issues, but had yet to find one that ended the moisture loss.  So, of course you…

Essence Festival 2015 Fun on the Floor

With all the events and happenings during Essence Festival Weekend, I finally made my way to the Convention Center Floor to visit all the major sponsors and chat with festival attendees.  Essence truly did #BringTheLove and it was apparent in everyone I met!  It was really like a family reunion.  I truly enjoyed meeting and…

Celebrity Selfies During Essence Festival 2015

This weekend, I attended my first Essence Festival.  It was a stunning display of Black Communal Pride.  I loved seeing so many black people gathered together and having so much good fun!  One person tweeted that the Essence Festival is like one huge Family Reunion!  I concur.  With so much to do, I started off…

Let’s hope I win a Ford during Essence Fest!!

I’ll be celebrating my birthday this week at Essence Fest!  I’m super excited because it will be my first time in New Orleans as well as the first time I attend Essence Festival.  Well, now Ford has decided to possibly make my weekend even more exciting!  Ford will give away a chance to win keys…

3 Reasons Why Men Can’t Tickle You Anymore

Blogger mom pens understandable fears for her young daughter which leads to “the talk”, and the importance of discussion about sex in the black community. *EDITORS NOTE* My blogger buddy, Bernetta has an awesome way of sharing glimpses of her life and family.  I enjoy reading her blogs and this post in particular, I felt…

Daddy’s Girl- Celebration of a Man

Today is a day for us to celebrate the great men in our lives who have been a consistent prime example of manhood.  My father has been all of that and more.  Every year that I grow older, I am increasingly confident that my father has been the best example to me of what I…

Weightloss: Keep Pushing

Ok, so last week, me and my big mouth decided to post on social media my goal for losing FIVE pounds in a week.  Well…in all honesty, when I posted it, I really had all intentions of seriously putting in work (exercise) to get it off.  I’ve been following the low-carb lifestyle for a while…

5 Things Helping Me Maintain My Low Carb Lifestyle

When it comes to dieting, women have pretty much done it and/or tried it all!  I’m not a tall girl, I’m only five feet tall.  So when I put on weight, you can tell.  About three years ago, I had ballooned to 166 pounds.  That is a lot for me!  My health was pretty bad,…

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