Two weeks before I was supposed to start the Journalism master's program at Syracuse University, something traumatic happened to me. I had to defer for a year. I didn't think it would happen. I walked across the stage as my family watched this past weekend.Read More
The people are so kind and beautiful. And, not just "tourist kind." They are kind to each other. They have great public transportation (ferry and bus) including taxis. The island is known for it's pink sand beaches and blue skies. You can actually enjoy a private beach to yourself because there are so many small ones along the shore.Read More
I am a birthday person. I call my birthday: "my new year." I get excited about other people's birthdays, too. So, if you were ever important in my life (even slightly) I still remember your birthday. I plan my birthday months in advance. Making it to 30 is a milestone, so I wanted to do something major. I was planning a family dinner, but then decided almost last minute that I wanted to travel to a place I've never been alone. A writer I follow on Instagram was sharing her experience in Mexico City.Read More
I haven't been home in over a year. And, by "over a year" I mean a year times two for which I am ashamed. In the words of my niece, "how you can travel all over the world but not come home?" *insert confused face emoji here*Read More
I "rediscovered" something about myself: I love Halloween. Halloween was a favorite as a child. The dressing up and going out into the community with the other kids just to say "trick or treat" and be rewarded with candy. My favorite memory includes almost losing all of my favorite lollipops and candy corn running from a madman dressed like the serial killer in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".Read More
Aruba is known as "one happy island." And, that it is. The water surrounding the island is beautiful. The island is well taken care of and the people seem genuinely happy. There is no homelessness. It never rains. It sprinkled for less than 2 minutes once during my visit.Read More
This is not my first time visiting the museum and I still had a wonderful experience. You will be able to see where she lived and helped people until she died, the actual bed she slept in, her bible, pictures and so much more.Read More
I kicked off the last year in my 20s in Cuba. It seems like Cuba is frozen in time because of the beautiful and old cars. It is a beautiful place.Read More
Mexico is a beautiful country. It was my first time out of the country, and I instantly knew that it will be an annual trip every November. November was a perfect time because the weather is not as humid as the other months and it's not as "crowded".Read More
New Orleans has been on my wish list for years. So, when my sister next work assignment was there, I booked my tickets to invade her space the following week. The first night we were killing some time by the rooftop pool when we heard a band playing. We ran down to the street and a local high school band all the way down near Bourbon Street. That's what I love about New Orleans.Read More
Black girls and women empowerment has always been was have driven me personally and professionally. This year, I had the pleasure of speaking to a room full of young Black girls at Syracuse University during the Sisters Empowering Sisters Conference.Read More
H A R R I E T T U B M A N is my hero.
Last April, I finally visited T H E H A R R I E T H O M E in Auburn, NY.
The tour guide told us stories about Tubman's life from start until her death. (Some facts I didn't know. I don't want to spill here because I strongly suggest you go for yourself.) After that, we went into the nursing home, which she had built for the elderly. We saw photographs of her and her family members, the actual bed she slept in, her bible and everyday household things she used. Her house, which is at the front of the property is still being renovating.Read More