All posts filed under: in betweens

PoC Book List

This list was created from suggestions from the people. It has not been altered to reflect any personal preferences. The authors will be ordered by last name. Please feel free to explore other works by the authors listed and/or suggest other authors and their works.   Chinua Achebe There Was a Country Things Fall Apart Arrow of God   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah Half of a Yellow Sun The Thing Around Your Neck Purple Hibiscus We Should All Be Feminists   Dr. Llaila Afrika African Holistic Health Nutricide: The Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race   Queen Afua Sacred Woman   Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow   James Allen As a Man Thinketh   Ra Un Nefer Amen Metu Neter   Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings The Heart of a Woman   Gloria Anzaldua   Christin Armstrong Wash Day Cut Day   M.K. Asante   Machado de Assis Dom Casmurro   James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk The Fire Next Time The Devil’s Work Native Son Another Country Go …

Dear All Lives Matter

Please before I go ALL the way in, let me state that this post is not directed at my lovely friends and followers who happen to be white and understand REAL history, know what racism is, want to help stop oppression, do not agree with white supremacy, and/or can sympathize/empathize with the plight(s) of people of color in this day and age. Also, let me disclaim that “I don’t see color” and “we are all one race, the human race” doesn’t apply here because in the real word, I am judged FIRST based off of my skin complexion and my afro hair. Also, if you “don’t see color” you also don’t see “my problems” there by deeming me inadvertently crazy or reducing my experience to an overactive imagination. As we proceed to give you what you need. Dear “all lives matter” let me break it down for you a little bit. I understand that a person born of a certain social construct and skin complexion are taught certain things from birth. You are taught that …

Limegreen: Product Review

I received these products a little over a month ago and I took my time to actually use them to accurately review them. Overall, these products are good to go in my book and I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to use products that are natural and “clean”. Now for the actual review. First thing’s first, Limegreen is a black owned business….more specifically it is owned by a black woman! Hello! Second of all, I can say that this is a truly natural, grass roots company which I can stand behind. Third of all, I am a big presentation person. If you took the time to pay attention to how you present something, then you really took your time and paid attention to detail when you were crafting your product. When I received my package, the presentation definitely impressed me! It was very simple, but I could tell that thought was put into it. My package contained 4 products which were organized in such a cute way! About the products…okay, so my mother took …

My 2017 Astrology Reading by Early Bird Astrology

So first let me say that my friend Chase of Early Bird Astrology is AMAZING!!!! He always comes through with a reading and this time it was no different. What I love about astrology, more specifically the reading of a birth chart, is that it is completely specific and unique to you! It is not your average zodiac, it is about seeing where each planet falls in what house, etc. The last time Chase did a full reading for me was right after I up and moved to Georgia, which was a little over a year ago. Before that I think it was maybe a year before that. In between my major readings, he has given me insights on my life as things came up. This reading was a little bit different because Chase did my chart reading for the whole year of 2017. I love that his translation of my chart provided confirmation in how I felt about this year while giving me insights about other things that I might not have known or thought …

Advice to the People Who Have Never Experienced Mental Health Issues, But Still Want to Help

One thing I have been hearing a lot lately is “I don’t know what to do” from those who have never dealt with depression or anxiety, but knows and/or cares about someone that does. I know it is tough seeing someone you love, or at least close to you, suffering, but you have no idea what to do in the situation. As my mother tried comforting me during an episode, I could sense that she felt helpless. I can only imagine what it feels like being in that position, a mother who is unable to help her child in that moment. I also talked to a friend who had the same sentiments in regards to one of her close memebers of her family. I am going to share what can work & what currently works for me. Of course this may not work for everyone, and you have to judge case by case, but hopefully this gives you a bit more insight. Here we go. Number one for me is to show that you genuinely …

Day 5 | 12/06/2016 | 9:30am

It is currently day 5. Yesterday made 4 days of me being in good spirits. I do not know if anyone else feels this way, but when dealing with depression, when feeling good….you feel bad for feeling good. It sounds crazy, but it is a very true statement. Your body gets so used to the “bad” that feeling anything other than what you are accustomed to feels like you are cheating on the very thing you consider the norm. Also, depression was a very valid & good reason not to do anything and to get out of everything. I still do not feel like talking to many people, but I don’t even feel right using “depression” as an excuse right now. Turn of events. (I had started writing this earlier, but life) Yesterday evening I had a chat with my boyfriend about having a serious fear of being cheated on (because no man to date has been faithful to me, whether in a committed relationship or a supposed “situationship” where we are not dating or …

I Get It Mr. West: Maybe Kanye Is Not As Crazy As People Think

I’ve only caught the gist of what this man has been doing lately because I am not the one to follow the lives of celebrities. But I’m reading a few recaps of Kanye’s behavior as of late, all I can think about is how this black man is hurting and all he needs is some love, someone to talk to, and for someone to really care. Now, I am not behavioral psychologist, but from what Kanye has been doing, it seems to me like these are all signs for help. I’ve seen people say “the anniversary of the death of his mother does not excuse him from his behavior.” No, it doesn’t, but when you look at the groans scheme of things, he is a BLACK man, #1. Every time he has expressed himself or his truth, he has been criticized, attacked, shut down, or labeled the crazy and/or aggressive black man. From jump. At first everyone was all “Oh, haha there goes Kanye again” then it went to “Ok stfu, you’re doing too much, …