10 Affirmations for 2017

You only two times a year to start over, January 1st and your birthday. Take advantage of those new chapters in your life, if your start wasn’t amazing, you have another opportunity to end it with a bang. In 2016 I was definitely winning, of course I took some L’s but I charged it to the game. Nothing could take away my excitement that I graduated last year, started my career a week later, I experienced love for the first time and as per usual I partied the whole year away. All the set backs were outweighed by all the blessings I received last year. In 2017 I’m only getting better. I set 10 goals for myself, not giving them a time limit…they’re more so where I want to be by the end of 2017.

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Not Your Nigga

I'd be lying if I said that was the first time I heard my non-black friends say the word "nigga", it probably won't be the last either; however, I am not the same Johnelle from high school. I've learned a lot and grown a lot, my perspective of things have changed and to me, in my opinion, the word "nigga" should not be an everyday vocabulary word to anyone who is not African American.

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Playing The Dating Game

The problem these days is we give boyfriend benefits to people we are just dating/entertaining and husband privileges to a whole bunch of half ass boyfriends. We've gotten to comfortable with the dating/talking stage, that we make excuses as to why we don't want to be in an actual relationship. If someone is treating you like you're already their boyfriend, why would you need to be extra and put a title on it? That is how people think these days, but being in a relationship has more value to it than just dating someone. Relationships give you a sense of security, it takes things to another level, it shows that you are committed and willing to be with someone through whatever. 

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Doing It For The Gram

It is 2016 and almost everything you want to know about someone is available via social media. If they're in school, got a new job, got a new car, got in a relationship; people are constantly bragging about all the good things going on in their lives...and also venting about the bad. That is the purpose of social media, to network and to showcase our lives (as if we all have fans dying to know the scoop on us). It would be foolish to say social media does not have an impact on relationships. If couples aren't "doing it for the gram" they're definitely throwing subs on Twitter about their latest disagreement. It is for sure not hard to keep up with the Jones's these days. But what about the dudes/females in relationships that feel the need to keep it a secret.

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Why HBCU's Will Always Be Relevant

As America was dealing with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Wendy Williams addresses these events, along with the petition circulating to fire Jesse Jackson from Grey's Anatomy, because of his pro-Black speech on the BET Awards. While stating her opinion on the matter, she made comments about the purpose of historical black colleges and universities (HBCU's) which did not sit to well, not only with her audience, but with many African Americans across the nation, including myself.

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