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December is supposed to be a happy time. Families reunite under generations-old traditions. Lovers exchange material tokens of their affection. Children bask under the freedom of winter break. Companies gather to drink excessive amounts of Bailey’s over Secret Santa gifts.

Famed tunes immortalize the ways in which we long after those loved ones we are separated from, but what’s not advertised in 1080p on flat screens amid buzzing consumerism are the tears we don’t bother wiping away because the person we love is no longer living. Sure, these moments might earn a brief, heartfelt clip in a Hallmark ad that…

Taken at a protest in Raleigh, NC. Courtesy of Candace Howze

It’s been such a heavy few weeks. Across the country, all 50 states and over a dozen countries worldwide have engaged in daily protests against police brutality. Riots have ensued as ​​political unrest grows. The leader of the free world has exhibited increasingly agitated behavior. If one thing is clear, it’s this: the people are tired.

Yet in this case, emotional and mental fatigue are not synonymous with inaction. The people are in fact emboldened, more motivated than ever to demand their government become better. Their desire is so urgent, so vigorous, that they are literally risking their lives by…

The Coronavirus has forced many companies and governments to turn to telework in an effort to flatten the curve and desperately stop the rapidly spreading virus that leads to the currently uncurable COVID-19. Telework, also known as remote work, also known as working from home, has been around for many years and recently has grown exponentially in the private sector.

Remote work has been heralded and preferred by many, especially millennials, for its convenience, flexibility and efficiency. It allows employees to lead nomadic lives, balance raising a family with providing for them, gives time back to those who work multiple…

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Let’s talk about what happened with the Gayle King interview. Many of you, by now, have seen it. And you have an opinion.

I’ve heard people say Gayle was just doing her job. Some think she was wrong to even ask the question. Lots of people from your favorite Uncle to your favorite thinkpiece writer believes fans simply can’t handle “the truth.”

And even more so, we’re now fighting over reactions to her interview instead of addressing the interview itself. Let’s stick to the subject everyone. This isn’t about praising a star, this isn’t about a question. …

Last night I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new film about Mister Rogers. I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS. I sat glued to the television as he grabbed a new sweater from the closet, watched VHS tapes with Mr. McFeely and saw myself in the shy, quiet-spoken Daniel puppet. It’s crazy to think of it, but so much of who I am is probably owed to those afternoons spent watching Mister Rogers.

The film itself is aptly structured like an extended episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, opening with Tom Hanks delivering an…

T.I. and his oldest daughter Deyjah Harris

If you’ve been remotely near any social media platform or pop news website in the last 24 hours, you’ve already heard about the fiasco that was the Ladies Like Us podcast episode released yesterday, in which ATL rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris had the audacity to tell very personal information about his daughter’s sexual history (specifically the assumed lack thereof).

In the interview, T.I. shared that he has accompanied his oldest daughter Deyjah to the gynecologist since she was 16 (what minor who’s not sexually active goes to the gynecologist anyway) to check that her hymen was intact, thus deeming her…

This past week I stopped by the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice on my way to the Florida Panhandle and spent an hour or so at this new memorial that honors the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to racial violence throughout the US in terrorizing public lynchings. The memorial has a museum component located a few blocks away, both are self-guided and rich in both history and historical context. …

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on the KonMari Method published on Scribing Fingers.

Completing tidying marathons and "kondoing" your house, apartment, or room can be a huge adjustment, not only mentally but physically. Kondoers often speak about their heightened sense of confidence, awareness, purpose, and decision-making following this process. So many people have found their passions and purpose because they're now operating in an environment that is created for them to thrive–not to worry, despair or hide behind clutter.

Everything is much clearer when you've kondoed.

In my case, I am about two months out from my…

In many ways, I’m the typical millennial. I live at home. I work remote-based jobs. I travel and post pics on IG. And most importantly, I’m turning 26 and falling off my mom’s health insurance. The inevitable open enrollment looms and how is a self-employed young adult like myself going to afford the basic care it takes to stay healthy? I’m about to find out.

In 2010 when the ACA (Affordable Care Act) passed, I clapped from the small corner of my bedroom and continued with college applications because the marketplace was still years away from being relevant to me…

Last week, just in time for Halloween parties to begin commencing across the nation, Megyn Kelly stuck her foot in her mouth yet again, this time on the topic of blackface and Halloween costumes. During an [all white] panel discussion on blackface during Halloween, Megyn Kelly made the following (and very damning) statement:

“You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

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