The JOY Is Mine: We Need This Brandy Monica Verzuz

Ever since the release of “The Boy Is Mine” on May 19,1998, we have established our allegiances to one of the two vocalists. The acrimonious duet, wherein two acquaintances discover they are vying for the affection of the same gentleman, firmly and indelibly cemented the two young artists within the cultural consciousness of an entire generation. For many of us, this Verzuz is a culmination of a 22 year battle between two formidable R&B divas. We have waited for this moment. Whether you are sittin’ up in your room having…

Black Women CAN Save The United States But It’s Not Their Responsibility

As the 2020 Democratic National Convention kicked off on the evening of August 17 and as former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama gave remarks, a tweet was posted by Mexican politician and diplomat, Jorge Guajardo and the world stood still. The tweet quickly went viral as people, many of whom were Black women clapped back at Ambassador Guajardo for his incredibly tone deaf position. While I “think” I get the point he was trying to make, it wasn’t expressed in the best way. It definitely made me…

Judge Latrice Westbrooks could make history as Mississippi’s First Woman Elected and First Black Woman ever on Supreme Court

Judge Latrice Westbrooks has the opportunity to become the FIRST woman in Mississippi History to be elected to the Supreme Court & the First Black woman to ever sit as a Supreme Court Justice for the state. Westbrooks was a current Judge for the Court of Appeals. She has served as both a municipal court judge & appellate court judge. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CDcwSKeju2M/?igshid=6zbshkdmp8v Her opponent is an appointee of the previous governor. Never in Mississippi’s history has there been a better opportunity than right now to have a voice like hers on…

Get Familiar: JustLiv

The LA Sunflower Songstress When you press play on “The One” video by Just Liv, you experience a taste of LA and its gives you all the feels. What kinda feels? Let me break it down. Since I’ve never had the opportunity to experience being in LA, after I watched the video, I felt like I was in that bihhhh I felt like I knew all the spots to be and all the folks to seek. That video looked like a melting pot of love full of melanin. YES GAWD!…

#BlackMentalHealthMatters: Coping With Race-based Traumatic Stress

By now we’ve probably all heard about the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the international protests that followed. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are hurt but not surprised. Their stories are only recent additions to America’s long history of violence against African Americans.  The first viral case of police brutality that I was old enough to actually process was Trayvon Martin in 2012. The news reports paralyzed me. I walked around with this heavy feeling in my chest, I couldn’t control…