Hi girls and guys,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a snippet of my life with ya’ll– well over six months. Yikes, I almost lost my domain. 2018 has been a wild ride (more on that, later). However, it’s never too late to find your voice, and use your platform to do what you love. So, here we are.

Last weekend, I checked out Refinery29’s trendy pop-up experience, 29Rooms here in Los Angeles. Dubbed an “Immersive World of Culture & Creativity” by the media brand that speaks to young women, the experience was overstimulating, yet enjoyable. Showing up fashionably, late, there was no way I could see all 29 installations– many of which were sponsored and overly promotional, so I had to prioritize. One in particular piqued my interest: “A Long Line of Queendom.” This installation was a tribute to black women, so naturally, it spoke to me, so much so that I felt all black girls should have been allowed to skip the line for this one.

The description read:

When Black assemblies are seen as threats, Black voices heard as noise, and Black culture something to be co-opted, here marks a space of tribute. Powerful and soft, queenly and human, an individual and a community; there are a spectrum of truths that make up Black women’s experience. Brought to life by Refinery29’s dedicated platform for Black millennial women, Unbothered, we invite you to “say her name” or take your place within a long legacy of Black excellence, beauty and achievement.

Luckily, right before the end of my session, I got a chance to grab some pictures by this important and timely installation. Through years of oppression and stigmas, black women have always found ways to rise in excellence, break down barriers, and create better futures for themselves and those around them. I am proud to be a part of this magical group of women. And, no, my hair is NOT up for debate.

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