It’s obvious; I’m not the typical girl. One who will strike a conversation with ease, charm the guys with the sway of my hips or even my style of dress, but hey -  that doesn’t make me any less of a girl does it? I have class, style, and I’m intelligent. However, there’s just one little problem.... No, it’s a major problem, and it lies somewhere between the real world and the place where most[...]
 
 
 
Sitting in a Salon on the 31st of August 2012, a day before Spring Day, yes pay-day and a day before winter is officially over, I felt really small in the big business of the ‘weave thing.’ One black woman after the next, came into the smoky, chemical infused haven that women call the salon, some even to my shock were children that looked like they were 7 or 8 years old- all wanting to either str[...]
 
 
 
“What are you guys?” Attempting to be as poised as ever at this black tie event, the question certainly did scare me. I was surrounded by several people of this huge NYC high-end accounting firm; if not, they were wives, girlfriends, or escorts. When we came in, I was quickly introduced as the friend. Yes, I was the date. Still, I was the friend. I made it clear too. Do not get the wrong idea. So[...]
 
 
 
Marriage. One of the biggest industries in the world, celebrated in a variety of cultures, faiths, promises, and rituals to symbolize your eternal (or momentary) commitment to the person who stands next to you at the time. Once upon a time, women were chained to this institution, her very status, self-worth, and prestige in her community being determined by her husband – which made sense I guess b[...]