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…