In May of 2019, I was given the opportunity to speak at The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce about discrimination in tech. I spoke on how culture fit is used as a reason to not hire people of other races and genders. I had a wonderful time and I am happy that we were able to have a good conversation about a crucial topic. Check it out.
I was a guest on Erin Sanchez‘s “Just Say The Word,” a story telling podcast. She and I talked about the word “confidence”, my backpacking trip through Central America, and how to keep your confidence. I liked this conversation because Erin is easy to talk to and we always a good time. Check it out here –
I am seeing on Facebook and other social media platforms the sharing of the migrant father and daughter, laying in a pool of water reportedly dead. This photo getting a lot of attention, and whenever I see something like this, I have to ask myself, “Why are we sharing dead bodies of Black and Brown folks? I wrote a piece called “Stop Sharing Black Pain” in which I talked about the repeated trauma and mental terror that Black people receive when videos of Black men and women being killed by…
I returned to Conversations Live to talk with Cyrus Webb about my writings, TEDx, modeling, and future plans. I had a great time with Cyrus, I hadn’t realized that it was six years since my first appearance. Wow. Good stuff. Check out the interview here:
Eating the proper foods, drinking plenty of water, and taking the correct vitamins are incredibly important to survival. These take on greater importance when children are involved. Having access to healthy foods is a very important component to developing minds and bodies. Grocery stores that sell vegetables and fruits are necessary to aid kids and teenagers as they grow up
Thinking of the death of Nigel Shelby, the 15 year old Black kid who committed suicide due to being bullied for being Gay, I used to think that kids needed to be tough. I thought that we “babied” young people and that being bullied was a right of passage. I cannot tell you how wrong I was. In the age of social media, we often don’t understand how bulling has taken a more sinister turn. Instead of whispers in the hallway, cracking jokes, and notes passed around about people, there…
Here is my appearance on Dr. Vibe’s show talking about my piece for Media Diversity “The Minimizing of Sexual Assault of Black Boys.” Please listen.
I was recently a guest on my friend Simma Lieberman’s podcast “Race Convo” to talk about everything race in 2018! I had a great time with Simma and look forward to coming on her show again. Check it out below and subscribe to Raceconvo
I was talking with a young man yesterday about the importance of travel. In the midst of loud music and sips (or in my case, gulps and stutters) of our drinks, I advised him to leave the country, see different sites. I remember a conversation like this years ago; an older man who I looked to for guidance had implored me to see the world. I liked this guy; he was always in a good mood and loved people. He had a sense of gravitas that I always admired and…
Growing up, I would hear stories from my male friends about how their baby sitters would kiss them or touch them in inappropriate ways. My friends would talk about making out with a “play aunt” or having sex with a family friend. It was not looked upon as a bad thing; in fact, it was something they bragged about. This was a rite of passage to many of us.