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The Power of Celebrating Yourself: How I Learned How to Clap For Myself

When I was in college, I took a public speaking class to work on becoming more comfortable expressing myself through voice. On the final day,...
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Reclaiming My Time: And A Whole Lot of Other Things While I’m At It

Okay, be honest. You’ve chuckled at a Representative Maxine Waters meme. Right? You’ve seen them…the ones where she is peering over the rim of her...
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Why We Should All Ignore The Annoying “Worthy” Woman

Everyone has that one church member, homemade hair butter making aunt, or Facebook friend who constantly reminds herself and others publicly and boldly that...
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Phoenix Rising: How a Challenging Childhood Shaped My Destiny of Strength & Love

At six years old, my positions as a writer and loving parent were solidified when a note I'd scribbled on one side of a...
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I Loved Him But I Didn’t Like Him

The carport lights flashed on through the kitchen blinds and the engine of the light blue 1988 Cadillac Deville could be heard in the...
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The Misconception of the “Independent” Woman

I’m not quite sure when it happened. I’m sure that it wasn’t when Ne-Yo was crooning about “Ms. Independent” and why he loved her. But somewhere...

How Love Brought Me Back From The Brink of Suicide

How did I get here? My t-shirt pulsated in the rhythm of my heart’s pounding as if it was trying to beat its way...
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How I Learned to Own My Beautiful & Appreciate My Amazing

This is what I looked like in my teenage years: I had a thick, long mane of dark curls that cascaded down my back and...

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Elevation of a Woman

Rise up ladies! Heed the call women and girls all over the world. It's our time to gather and shine. Stand firm on common ground. Have a meeting...