Lil’ Brown Girl Presents: Who Am I?

I am black– unfortunately.   I am black and it is unfortunate because I am so much more than a melanin painted applique.   I am black and it is unfortunate because the world has bound me in a binary relationship with beauty.   I am black and it is unfortunate because my blackness precedes me– ...

Holy Crap, I’m moving to INDIA!

  In less than 10 days I’m moving to India and I can hardly believe it! I mean… of course I’ve been aware. For the past 4 months I’ve been requesting transcripts, submitting forms, applying for scholarships, and making packing lists. But for whatever hyper-displaced reason I never really acknowledged the pending reality of my decision. That all ...

Oh Istanbul, Oh Istanbul

Words can’t fully encompass the amount of pain I am feeling regarding this evening’s bombings at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Ode to those Precious Lives Lost, You magnificent residents of Istanbul– I’m numb with you. There is a sort of disbelief that hits me every time my phone buzzes with a new notification about a Turkish tragedy. ...


If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you might have seen a peculiar hashtag in my bio. #Pray4MarginalizedPain This phrase is representative of a massive social and political void which became stunningly clear in the midst of the attacks on Paris and Belgium. Marginalize verb, mar·gin·al·ize \ˈmärj-nə-ˌlīz, ˈmär-jə-nəl-ˌīz\ i. to put ...

An Open Letter to my Friends Voting for Donald Trump,

In May of 2016, with Trump standing as the sole nominee of the Republican party, it has dawned on me that I may potentially know people who have the inclination to vote for Donald Trump. This both frightens and astounds me.

My 2016 Summer Suitcase Mission

My 2016 Summer Suitcase Mission was devastatingly simple: find a way to pack enough clothes to cover 4 months, 3 states, and 3 climates -- all in 1 single suitcase.

Back @ it Again: Navigating White Space

I've come to a place where no one splashes water over their head in prayer in the bathroom, where dashikis are referred to as tunics, and brown babies are carried on the chest instead of the back. White space.

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