Hurricane Ida Reflections By YaYa

Ida no… It was the 3rd of September, a day I’ll always remember…cause that was the day, that Entergy finally turned my electricity back on. Sighs in humidity. Sixteen years to the date, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, along comes Hurricane Ida. Louisiana and its fans (coughs in *visitors*) know these three things to be annual truths: 1) Mardi Gras will have you liquored up and on ya’ ass, 2) during the week of the Bayou Classic rivalry between Jags and GramFam: “ain’t no friends bih” …and last but not…

A Tale Of Misclassification By Health Equity Jazz

Trigger Warning September is Suicide Prevention Month. In honor of that, I want to share a personal story that has been on my heart and has shaped my thoughts and understandings of addiction, death, and suicide. This blog post discusses the topic of suicide, suicidal ideation, addiction, and depression. If you are not in a state of positive mental health, please be cautious in reading this post. If you are actively in a state of anxiety, depression, passive or active suicidal ideation, please know that there are resources available for…

Uninformed by Nasir Salaam

If my hardship gets the best of you, please don’t go without saying a wordThat will be a devastating blow, a blow that will leave me hurtIf my burden overshadows you, just let me know how you’re feelingI’ve been guessing all this time, because you never wanted to reveal itIf my pain takes over, would you be there for my comfort?You’re not the same anymore, I’m not the man you once wantedIf my smile doesn’t bring you joy anymore, how else can I light up the room?You lost faith in…

Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of September 11th: What I recall at 19 and The Feelings I Have Today at 39

It was an ordinary Tuesday morning for me, as I finished preparing myself in the mirror before I walked to my first class of the day at Southern University and A & M College. It was muggy in Louisiana, and I remember taking my time with my barrel curling iron, ensuring every strand of hair was in place. It was 2001, and we were still mourning the loss of our beloved Aaliyah a few weeks prior, so it was pertinent that my bang swooped perfectly in her honor. I was…

ICYMI: I was cheated on in my marriage! (Spoiler Alert: I stayed!)

So it’s kinda funny how this post came about. I received an interesting email yesterday from someone whom I’ve never met but they felt it was important to let me know that I’m being dishonest with myself and you guys! The message read: Besides the phony “glad you found your peace girlie” opening and the shade of suggesting I should work on myself at the end…what bothered me the most about this email is the accusation of me not being 100 with my readers. I’m pretty transparent. Almost to a…