#ybnQueenMe: An Instagram Campaign Celebrating Black Queendom

#ybnQueenMe: An Instagram Campaign Celebrating Black Queendom

Because all Black women deserve to be treated like queens.
All Black women should be treated like queens.

QUEEN | /kwēn/ | noun

1. the female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.
synonyms: monarch, sovereign, ruler, head of state

2. a woman regarded as excellent or outstanding
synonyms: superstar, leading light, goddess

Most of us are familiar with the layperson’s definition of a queen, right? A queen is a member of the royal family. She rules. She wears a crown that signifies her status and her glory. If you saw a queen, you’d know it. And you’d show reverence.

Or would you? Read more

Shanghai Noon (or 9pm Yesterday)

Shanghai Noon (or 9pm Yesterday)

A collage from my Instagram pictures of Shanghai.
A collage from my Instagram pictures of Shanghai.

If any of what I’m about to write doesn’t make sense, you can blame it on the fact that my brain and body think it’s already 4:30am tomorrow. I really can’t be held accountable if I’m not even in the present tense, right? Last week, my work took me 5000+ miles away from my new home in Berkeley, California to the Land of the Red Dragon – Shanghai, China, to be specific. After 15 hours of flying and one unexpected night in Beijing (

Last week, my work took me 5000+ miles away from my new home in Berkeley, California to the Land of the Red Dragon – Shanghai, China, to be specific. After 15 hours of flying and one unexpected night in Beijing (Thanks, Delta!) I finally arrived at my destination (although my luggage did not – two points for Delta)! I was weary, jet-lagged, and headed right into a grueling workweek, so it’s taken me up until now to unpack all of the things I felt and saw while in China as a Black woman; which isn’t bad considering it will likely take me two more weeks to unpack my suitcase.

In an effort to organize all the things still swirling around in my brain from being overseas, I would like to share with you Five Things I Learned While Being Black in China. 

And they go a little something like this: Read more

#ybnThirstyThirty: Putting My Favorite Natural Hair Care Brands to the Ultimate Test

#ybnThirstyThirty: Putting My Favorite Natural Hair Care Brands to the Ultimate Test

As a card-carrying member of Team Natural, I consider myself a proper product junkie. Even after giving myself a “strict budget,” I have easily spent money other ladies might have used for shoes, purses, manicures or – ahem – savings accounts on the newest curl-loving creams, butters, gels, and sprays. My recent relocation from Ohio to the West Coast proved to me just how far my obsession with buying and trying the latest natural hair products had gone; I gave away TWO BOXES of hair product and still had tons of full bottles left to ship to my new home. My husband just shook his head in shame. Read more