breeThe awesome activist and community organizer Bree Newsome has been all over social media today for her valiant act of climbing the flag pole in front of the South Carolina State Capitol and taking down the historically racist confederate flag. Of course my sister was arrested for making it crystal clear that will no longer tolerate a symbol of hate flying high and proud in any state. Check out the video below of Newsome pulling down that flag with absolutely no remorse. It is a beautiful sight to see!

Anyone who knows me well knows I have a weakness for all things chocolate; the darker, the better, and there is no visual blessing quite like a fine chocolate man. Black men are some of

frontlineOn June 19, 2015, Soul Reflectionz photographer LaTanya and I had the pleasure of attending an extremely dope art exhibition at the City Bird Gallery this past Friday. During a time of non-stop turmoil and millions of people being completely sick of the race issues in which we face every day, it was truly humbling to view amazing pieces of art that all depicted what is going on in our world. Each artist had their own unique way of portraying what people of color see.

pauleanna reid 1One of the things I’m most passionate about is seeing young, driven black women who are determined to succeed; particularly those with Caribbean roots, like the young lady featured in this post. When I read Pauleanna Reid’s bio and found out she has never consumed alcohol and only sleeps 4-5 hours a night, I knew instantly that this young lady doesn’t play; she is serious about her grind.

Reid, whose first name means “excessively optimistic,” has certainly lived up to her name, since she managed to see a silver lining even in the darkest moments of her life. At just 27 years young, she possesses a resume that trumps that of some media professionals twice her age; at 19, she co-founded the company “La’Brown Styles” with business partner and friend Bianca Brown. At age 26, she published her first fictional novel “Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother,” which quickly became an Amazon best seller.

photo credit: atlantablackstar

photo credit: atlantablackstar

One June 16, the Dominican Republic decided to start “cleansing” their country of all Haitian Dominicans by forcing them to move back to Haiti for what seems to be no other reason than racist bigotry. Not surprisingly, this disgusting decree hasn’t been discussed all over the news as it should. The lives of these beautiful people must not be important enough to thoroughly report on, but Soul Reflectionz wants you to know that Haitians don’t deserve this atrocity to be done to them. This is apartheid. It must be stopped.

this-has-to-be-one-of-the-best-bEven though I’ve been natural for almost two years, I remember my Big Chop like it was yesterday. The fear, the excitement, the shock. It was such a big change for me, and it was without a doubt the best decision I’ve ever made. Here are some of the things I noticed during, leading up to, and after my big chop. For anyone who’s considering the Big Chop and is still hesitant, this post is for you!

rachel-dolezal-spl_3339330bBy now most of you would have heard of the strange and disturbing case of Rachel Dolezal, the woman who chose to be black though she was born white. Major news channels, newspapers and social media have been beside themselves over this story, with many curious as to why a white woman attempted to pass as a black woman.

Dolezal, a professor of African American Studies at Eastern Washington University, was also very recently the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Spokane, Washington, a position from which she resigned after being outed about her true ethnicity.

ariannaHighlighting news like this is a joy because it puts a smile on my face and shows that Black girls are indeed magic. Chicago student Arianna Alexander was overwhelmed when she received acceptance letters from 26 universities, 6 of them ivy-league, and $3 million in scholarship money. Her 5.1 GPA (WOW!) and guidance from her father opened up doors that many only dream about. She is the real MVP.

not-pregnant Taneesha is a 29-year-old petite, mahogany-skinned beauty, who has been happily married for the past three years. Since January 2014, her husband, Tyrell, has been trying to impregnate her. The couple’s attempts at becoming pregnant have been futile.

“We did every possible thing we could,” said an exasperated Taneesha. “We consulted my OB/GYN and doctor; I paid closer attention to my overall health and nutrition; tests were run. There’s no reason at all why we shouldn’t be able to become pregnant. But it’s been over a year; plenty of effort with no progress. It’s disheartening.”

officer-on-leave-after-seen-handcuffing-teen-and-pulling-gun-on-others-1433708364On the morning of Monday, June 8, 2015, I saw something that made anger rise like bile in my throat. Someone had posted a video on a popular social network of a young black female being wrestled to the ground by a white police officer, after which the said police officer kept her down, face sideways in the dirt, using his knees to restrain her.

The video originated in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, where a group of African American teenagers having a pool party were reported by residents to be “rowdy” and “disturbing the peace.” I should mention here that the Craig Ranch, McKinney neighborhood, in which this incident took place, is preponderantly white, and that all three police officers who responded to the call were also white. That video has been permanently etched on my mind.