Let Em’ Talk Sis…

"While you sitting up here frustrated and spending your time talking about how they treated you, you should focus on yourself. Those folks are sleeping well at night." One thing I know for sure is my mother is the queen of shutting me down (in love) and re-positioning my focus on what matters. She had [...]

Introducing: The Black Women’s Studies (BWST) Booklist by Dr. Stephanie Evans

Dr. Stephanie Evans of Clark Atlanta University undertook a herculean effort: to compile a list of books by, for, and about Black women that are based within women's studies and/or those that fall within the women's studies knowledge tree. Read this post to learn how #CiteASista is connected to this project, and for a direct link to the Black Women's Studies Booklist she developed.

HPV: There’s a Vaccine For That

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. It is linked to cervical cancer and cancers of the vagina, penis, anus (anal), throat, tongue, and tonsils. These cancers can take years develop but begin when someone becomes infected with the virus. There is only a routine screening for [...]

On #NappilyEverAfter and embracing #NaturalHair: A Review-ish & Personal Reflection

My hometown’s public school system committed to having 3rd and 4th-grade students learn how to swim. I’m an ‘80s baby and the ‘90s raised me, so “protective styling” options and swimwear accessories during the school year were very limited. I’ve never chemically treated my hair, so water and I had a unique relationship. So unique [...]

I like you… I think

I am embracing a culture of transparency, which, to me, is different than honesty. I will delve into this in a later post, but a part of this culture of transparency is not hiding my feelings. This is especially true when it comes to people I am interested in. Most recently in a text thread, [...]

#B29: Birthday Reflections

Yesterday I turned 29. It is a birthday that can often be discarded. It is the last of your 20s, but it is not 30. I, however, was not going to let this be just a blah birthday. I planned a full weekend of activities that kicked off with a cooking class with my mom, [...]

YAY!!! Celebration!

It's true: When I'm at my best, I celebrate every possible occasion that I can. People who know me know that I LOVE (all caps) a celebration. I often find ways to do it, even if an occasion doesn't traditionally call for a celebration. Half birthday? Celebration. Took out the trash, washed dishes, laundered, folded, [...]