The Power of the Adolescent Girl

Recently I was rereading Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and discussing it with a group of college Freshmen.  For those unfamiliar, “Girl” is a powerful prose where the protagonist is listing a series of duties and responsibilities to her daughter, with the understanding that should she be able to do those things adequately, only then she would be considered a woman. The essay was published in The … Continue reading The Power of the Adolescent Girl

Making Your Mark

  Change is constant and this summer in Brooklyn has forced me to reflect on the innumerable changes this borough has undertaken in recent years, much like myself.  As one of the most recognized places in the world, Brooklyn has created a strong imprint culminating from the savory mix of cultures you can find here. Its growth from the crime ridden cautionary tale to the … Continue reading Making Your Mark

xo Learning to Love

  “Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” Author Nicholas Sparks really captured the essence of this emotion in a few shorts words. No surprise there, after all he wrote “The Notebook,” one of the greatest contemporary love stories of our generation. It took me a little while to gather my thoughts on this subject, not wanting to … Continue reading xo Learning to Love

The Definition of a Power Couple

  Fresh out of Black History month and right into Women’s History Month, we find many ways to celebrate unity and love in the purest sense of the words. In this high political climate no one can deny that there has been an added layer of pressure to become our best selves lately and show ‘the man’ what we are made of. And what are … Continue reading The Definition of a Power Couple

When Your Leaders Help Create Monsters

Over the past two weeks, one thing has been made clear: the authority figures of Trinidad and Tobago add fuel to the fire that is burning down the country. With the steady, almost daily, increase of violence against women, citizens find themselves consistently questioning the direction of the country and what measures can and should be taking place for the safety of women. There has been … Continue reading When Your Leaders Help Create Monsters

The Sexist and Misogynist Dark Side of T&T Carnival

“Women have the responsibility to ensure they are not abused.” – Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, 2016  Trinidad & Tobago After a hectic two days of music and revelry in the streets of Port-of-Spain, Ash Wednesday 2016 was a sobering jolt back to reality for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) as the Mayor’s words echoed throughout the country. It took me awhile to gather my thoughts before I … Continue reading The Sexist and Misogynist Dark Side of T&T Carnival

2017 Year Of Healing

  It is no secret that 2016 was a struggle for me – and seemingly many others. It was the first year that I can  vividly recall seeing so many people publicly expressing hurt and pain in their lives. So many personal losses and so many professional disappointments occurred, so it was truly a celebration for most to find themselves ready to reset in a … Continue reading 2017 Year Of Healing

World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

December 1st is not only the first day of the last month in the year, but it is also a very important day: World AIDS Day.  We’ve all heard the saying: Prevention is better than cure. This year, UNAIDS is looking at more preventative strategies and identifying key groups vulnerable to HIV, which at the present moment are adolescent girls and young women. This year’s theme … Continue reading World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

International Day of the Girl: Let’s keep fighting!

  With 1.1 billion girls and counting, we do need to strongly keep fighting to address prominent issues young girls are facing daily, which truly stands in the way of their progress and the progress of the world.  Every year on October 11, we celebrate our young girls and shine a light on the importance of providing opportunities for young women all over the world … Continue reading International Day of the Girl: Let’s keep fighting!