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Reflections on Hidden Figures: Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Magic


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Though I’ve been a waste of space lately (saving up my energy for all the panels and book events on my calendar), I decided to venture outside today and check out Hidden Figures with my friends. The touching film, based on a True Story, tells of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), three extremely brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and engineers who worked at NASA in the 60’s.…

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The Bomb Life 101: Happiness is a Matter of Persective


As I stared out from the 36th floor at the Waldorf Towers yesterday, celebrating my birthday, I thought back to my first January in New York many many moons ago. As I wrote in my book, “My first day in New York was three days before my 23rd birthday. The weekend I arrived, I remember feeling so overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to do in Time Out New York and so intimidated by all the many, many people walking…

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Roll the Dice: New Year’s Eve in Vegas with Golden Barbie, Terrence J, Miss Diddy, and More


Happy New Year!!!!! I, like many of you, have spent most of today sitting in bed, drifting in and out of sleep, getting up only to eat! The past couple of days have been SUPER intense! Basically what had happened was, I was in Guatemala when I received an email asking me to be the red carpet correspondent for a high wattage New Year’s Eve party in Vegas. Though I was (and still am) sick as a dog, I looked…

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RIP Franca Sozzani: Thank You For Giving a Black Girl Like Me A Shot in the Fashion Industry


I was stunned to hear that Italian Vogue Editor Franca Sozzani passed away today at the age of 66. Though I didn’t know her personally, her impact on my career as a journalist was significant. After finishing my internship at Paris Vogue, I contacted an editor at Vogue Italia regarding their new Vogue Black site, created after Sozzani’s blockbuster Black Issue. Not only was I offered a position writing for Vogue Black, but I was also assigned to cover Fashion…

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The Bomb Life 101: The Art of Letting Go; If It Causes you Pain, Say GOODBYE!


Yesterday, I declared that I was going to leave the hurt behind in 2016. This year has been all about growth, evolution, and also recognizing what things and people cause me stress or pain. And instead of hold onto them because of residual benefits, I looked at the overall picture. I thought: does this person or situation stress me out? Bring negativity? Cause me to grimace or roll my eyes? If the answer was yes, I told myself, “You know…

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