The issue of body image

    Now, I like shopping Target for really cute and affordable swimsuits. When I wear them, people usually ask where I get them from, and they’re usually surprised when I tell them. They’re colorful, well made (for the price), and overall attractive. So browsing their website, and seeing how they butchered one of their […]


Nice people hate too

“I hate white people.” He looked at me straight in the eyes and said it without the slightest smile. He said it as if he walks around thinking it all the time. He didn’t flinch nor looked angry. His toned never changed, but the room got a bit chiller. I wasn’t sure how to respond […]

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My dream tea party

My friends know how much I love tea parties. They’ve made fun of me for that, but my favorite women planned a surprise, elaborate tea party last year for me, and that was one of my favorite times ever. I don’t love tea parties because I love tea. Actually, I don’t care much for it. […]


Some life changes

      There are some great changes ahead. I’ve decided to make them, and I’m going for them full force.  I had to lay low for a little bit to put everything into perspective. I’ve been working very hard, but I’m about to start working harder. This time, it won’t be for other people’s […]


Christmas Tree in Harlem

Fiance and I already have a tradition. We get our Christmas Tree in Harlem, right on Frederick Douglas and 121st. Adam is the name of our Christmas Tree guy, and this is his third year selling trees in Harlem. He’s originally from VT, where Fiance is also from. This time around, we decided to spend […]


Being a black woman

Being a black woman is: Beautiful because that’s what all of our varying shades of brown are. Lively because hard-work was instilled in us. Amazing because that’s what our mothers are. Complicated  beyond measure because we deal with so much hardship. Kindly accepting that we are strong. Wonderfully rewarding. Outstanding because we refuse to lower […]


Fanm Vanyan

I was speaking to my mother on the phone the other day, and in the middle of our conversation, she told me, “Paola, se yon fanm vanyan ou ye. Mwen pa pè pou ou non. Mwen pa pè pou pitit fi’m nan paske se yon fanm vanyan ou ye.” Translation: Paola you’re a strong woman. […]

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