Women: the war on pubic hair

Today in society, women succumb to many societal pressures. Society expects women to be well-dressed, meaning women should always looks their best. Women are expected to act “proper” meaning they should have manners, always. Have you ever heard a man burp loudly and no one says a word, however as soon as a woman burps,…

Change

It’s strange, “nothing is so painful to the human mind than a great and sudden change.” The Earth’s axis is slightly tilted in relation to its orbit around the sun. Meaning, whether we are ready or not, change has won. Change is like falling in love with a rosette sunset, yet our attachment will disappoint…

The war on Islam

If you do not know anything about me, understand these 2 things that set my soul on fire. I am Muslim I am a human rights advocate In this moment, It is very hard times for Muslims worldwide. On March 15, 2019, 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch,…

My date from hell

Most  people who face negative experiences/ trauma, choose not to disclose their experience or they do not speak about it for a very long time. Why?  Negative experiences aren’t necessarily easy to recount. The reasons for this are multi-fold and likely include perceived stigma of being a “victim”, shame, past negative disclosure experiences, and fears…

Are you worth it or are you entitled?

I hate long lines at the supermarket. I hate bad customer service. I hate it when I don’t receive cellular reception on the New York Metro system… but what do I hate more than any of these inconveniences?…I hate ENTITLEMENT Entitlement: noun. the fact of having a right to something|The belief that one is inherently…

Energy, why protect it?

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamot. We are constantly in motion. Like the rest of your body, your brain changes with each passing year. As a twenty something year old, the regions in the frontal lobe that are responsible for judgment, planning, weighing…

Loneliness matters

I have found my peace. My relationships are thriving and I am constantly striving to  complete each goal that I have set for myself. It’s safe to say that I am “happy.” However, one major challenge within happiness is loneliness. The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to realize that loneliness is a…

Black woman claims she’s white

16-year old, black teen, Treasure, believes she is Caucasian. How can a black person deny their race when they are visibly black one may ask? According to this teen, she is Caucasian because everything about her differs from African Americans. This distinction stems from her “not nappy” hair texture, her nose, which she says is “not…

What that mouth do?

Damn! Excuse me, because I don’t even like to curse. I was telling my friend the other day to correct my French if she overheard me cursing. I’m not perfect but I made a commitment to myself to only let what is beautiful flow from my mouth. My posture, my facial expression, the space I take up—profoundly,…

Balance check

Every once in a while… or perhaps very often, i find myself overwhelmed with all of the tasks that I have to fulfill. Taking care of patients full time, competing to be the best in my graduate program, blogging, writing, maintaining family ties, making time for my romantic interest, exercising, practicing Islam, checking my emails,…

Forgetful

Sometimes, I forget. I forget that my eyes are always honest. The “windows to your soul” some call it and mine are pianist. The songs they play are pleasurable like warm sand sliding between your toes from a quiet wave. Sometimes, I forget. That my smile is the trusty key that fits in your back…

Are you beautiful?

As a child, I‘ve always felt “beautiful.” I am the baby of my family and growing up my family friends and relatives referred to me as “la plus belle.” Meaning, the most beautiful in french. These things never made me infatuated with myself or with my looks but they did do one thing.. make me…

Does religious compatibility matter in relationships?

I live for warm summer nights. They are filled with memorable times, beautiful weather, and picturesque scenery that embodies the allure of some of God’s finest creations in nature. Reminiscing on a previous summer night, I was running errands with my boyfriend at the time. After a successful night of productivity we got into his…

How you lovin’?

I’ve had love. I’ve lost love, I’ve regretted giving love, but most of all I love… love.  What’s amazing to me is how everyone interprets the act of love differently and shows love differently. When I think of true love, the first person that comes to mind is my mother. How can someone endure so…

6 weeks too long.

I’ve heard many times before, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Well, I’ve been proudly wandering the streets of France these past 6 weeks. Traveling has left me speechless and simultaneously turned me into a great story-teller. Reconnecting. My intentions of going to France was to earn university credit from a prestigious business school…

Black. No sugar, no cream.

• Black •  Adjective  of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white  of any human group having dark-colored skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry My first understanding of blackness came from the Ivory Coast. There, I was taught that my black skin is radiance…

She.

From the summery warmth of the African sun, the cracked hands and feet of a thousand ancestors, endless hours of prayer and physical labor, innumerable preeminent sacrifices, patience surmounting prolonged droughts, from deeply rooted guidance like planted millet in alluvial soil, and invigorating bravery from lions to hunt dangerous prey… she was born. Listen, my skin…

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Miracles happen all the time. We’re here, aren’t we?”-Marilyn NelsonSomehow, miraculously, or intentionally we are here. We all have a unique story to tell because each of us accumulate an endless number of experiences. The majority of our experiences we cannot recall but the ones we preserve are meaningful, impactful, and…