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5115 Wissahickon Ave.

Times like this my mom would say the devil is busy..

I think he has too much time on his hands

He’s taking a break while I’m filling my head

with silly things that aren’t true

In the back of my mind and in the front of my mind is you

You, telling me, reminding me of our sacred ritual

I’m head over heels, heels over heads

always indulging in a mess, stuck, never moving all the way through

Loving the lust, the lies

Comforting hellos, harsh goodbyes,

you know I love me… some you

But you, and I, this back and forth, aint nothing new

In time itll all be gone, the ending of a song, but just wait for part 2


5115 Wissahickon Avenue

“Does Mr. Eric spend the night with your mom often? Is he living in the house with you?”

At the time I didn’t know that my mom’s best friend was questioning me only to stab her in the back. After all, I was only seven…who uses a child as a vehicle for evil and gossip?

When my mom went to work the next morning, her best friend, Mrs. Miami, handed her a copy of an email she drafted to the Philadelphia school district asking for her immediate removal as Principal from Bethune elementary.

The email contained personal information (information she squeezed from a 7 year old) about my mom’s relationship with an accused rapist.

I was only a child so of course I didn’t know what was going on.

I carried the burden of my mom losing her job which left us homeless for 4 years.

I carried that burden all by myself until I was old enough to realize that it was all bullshit and I forgave myself I told myself that I was only a child and I didn’t know what I was saying.

I didn’t know she was pressing me because she was jealous of my mom and her relationship.

I didn’t know at the time that Mr. Eric’s daughter, Rachelle, moved from Haiti to live with him and he was touching her.

I don’t know if everything was happening for a reason or if I was the worst erson in the world.

Mrs. Miami setting my mom up saved us in the long run.

Maybe if her business wasn’t put on blast, we wouldn’t have found out about his past, and his present.

Maybe my mom would’ve gotten married to the rapist.

But at the time all I know is that my mom lost her job and we didn’t have a place to live and it was all my fault.

“Why would you tell her those things?”

What did I tell?

I was only being honest.

The real question was…why is your friend questioning me about your panties?

It’s crazy how things work.

Devils are tricky.

They come to you sincere, as a friend, trusting, promissing, really beautiful lies…


Black Utopia

You’re going to the black utopia? Can I go too?

Where the sky isn’t a typical blue

but a reddish, orangy, golden-sparkly hue.

Everyone there is just like you.

Selfless, patient, loving, intelligent, enlightening too.

Honey pours from the trees and blessings, not death, comes in threes.

You and I are the same, of course, you’d believe,

there aren’t any status symbols symbolizing or separating us because of what we believe.

There’s only one religion and that’s the belief of a longing love.

Everyone would raise their heads and never bow them again to talk to the “one above.”

We’d float down to heaven, then up to our super earth again, and then, wherever our wings would have us travelin…

Maybe we’d stop pass the old mars or visit the first stars and see everything we generalized into being just “space.”

We’ll spin and twirl and twirl and spin, until finally we pick up the pace.

We’d name everything we touch bc it would be ours to do just so, there be enough to go around no need for fighting never anyone going toe to toe.

I heard of this place called the “black uptopia” I heard it’s a place you’ve been to…

I only have one question for you.

If this place the “black utopia” exists, can I go with you?

Suppressed Deity & Young Loud Proud’s presents: Sick, Lit & LOUD

“We have been on a journey from the age of 7, creating our own stories and characters. Being underrepresented as young girls of color, we began designing our own worlds where we were able to exist freely. Presently, we are still creating platforms for disenfranchised groups, proclaiming self-acceptance. Our most recent project, Sick & Lit, is an empowering series that pokes holes in the stereotypes surrounding race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Please join the movement by sharing & following the link in our bio to donate to our cause.” —Suppressed Deity, LLC.

“Suppressed Deity, LLC” is an organization based in Philly that produces media content for entertainment and educational purposes.

SuppressedDeity is looking to fund their first project: “Sick & Lit” a project based on the struggles of Millennials. (please follow this link to help support their project

✨✨Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!!!✨✨

Founders, Gabbi (@november_drums) & Mishea (@diva_sass), are special guests on #YoungLoudProud’s #SpeakUpPodcast (Episode 4 titled “Sick, Lit & Loud” with #MayaDanielle @mystik.y) where they’re discussing the series Sick & Lit as well as Race, Hair, Gender, Sexuality SocialMedia, MentalHealth & so much more 🖤✨

・・・THANK YOU for a very exciting collaboration 🙏🏽💕Catch the episodes 1-4 of @YoungLoudProud’s Podcast Speak Up: An Invincible Girl’s Podcast (clickable link in bio)

Make sure you’re following @suppressed_deity (on Twitter& IG) so you don’t miss any of their upcoming projects! Stay Tuned!

Please email: for all inquiries.


(#34ExcusesForWhyWeFailedAtWork) inspired by the social media hashtag #34ExcusesForWhyWeFailedAtLove

1. We were from two different generations

2. I don’t really know what a real manager looks like

3. I couldn’t accept the way you talked to me

4. I always swore I was too good for you

5. I wanted to grow and learn more

6. You wanted to box me in

7. I wanted to be free from you

8. I don’t want to take direction from someone lazy

9. I vented too much to other people

10. HR never helped me

11. I laughed too hard and cried often

12. I was too stressed and got high blood pressure

13. Y’all talked about my hair

14. The Que divided us

15. I made a huge mistake in Charlotte

16. My letters were only well written

17. My light shines too bright for you

18. I can write a mean email (no pun intended)

19. I used too much color ink

20. I got high every morning; the cookie did it

21. I took exclusion for granted

22. I made a huge mistake in Miami

23. I got too comfortable and you can’t control your temper

24. I let scenarios rule

25. I called you too much, I called out too much

26. I stopped communicating

27. I was late when it counted most

28. You used a black cushion

29. You think you’re better than me

30. “I’ve never had a day” like any of you

31. I don’t have authority

32. You don’t believe in confidentiality

33. You’re a liar, You’re retiring

34. I’m a believer, I’m just getting started

#PHILLY 🗣 the #UrbanLeagueofPhiladelphia is hosting a job/networking event that you don’t want to miss! #YLPtalk

PHILLY 🗣 the Urban League of Philadelphia is hosting a job/networking event on August 23, 2018 from 6-8pm at the North American Building on Broad St. Check it out: “Guru has partnered with Urban League Philly to host a networking event for Urban League job seekers, Urban Tech students and NExT young professionals. This event will allow attendees to learn about the opportunities available at Guru, as well as hear from current employees that have transitioned from non-traditional backgrounds into technical roles.

Refreshments will be provided. The dress code is casual so please come as you are!

This is an invite only opportunity to learn more about one of Philadelphia’s fastest growing companies! At Guru we are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment committed to diversity and equity. We are hiring in the areas of Sales, Engineering, Customer Success and Marketing.

The event will offer attendees the unique access to meet employees and learn more about why Guru is a great place to work. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. Learn more,” you can also search & register for this free event on ✨

An ode to the girls whose future(s) didn’t pan out as expected: How many times can a person reinvent themselves? #YLPtalk

“I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I mean, I don’t know who I want to be exactly.” –Me, almost a year ago.

First I wanted to be a Veterinarian, then I settled for a position as a Vet Tech, then I was destined to work in forensic, I declared Biology as my major, I was going to be a midwife, no, a prenatal nurse, No! A social worker, that’s it!! Then I thought, let me work according to my strengths, so, I’m good at writing so I might as well become a journalist. How’s the pay? Anyone can be an entrepreneur and own their own business…that’s what I’ll do to make up for the slow trickling pay! Matter of fact, I’ll travel the world and show off the “Young Loud Proud!!” So there we have it, I’ll become a writer and publish my own magazine “YLP.” (This is where I am right now. I am content with this, promise, but I’ll elaborate more on this piece.)

This is an ode to the young girls whose future(s) didn’t pan out as expected.

Get ready for a roller-coaster ride:

I’ve changed my major in college, my goals, and my ideas (of what success and happiness will look like in my life) so many times. I think it’s safe to assume that after 26 years on this earth (almost ten years (since age 16) of planning my life out) I’ve finally found what/who I want to be as a “grown up.”

It seemed to be so easy for some people. Some people dream of being a doctor and just like that they begin their journey, but for me, it’s never been that simple, and now I understand why.

I’m multi-talented, and I’m capable of creating my very own avenue to feel accomplished and fulfilled by combining my interests and strengths. It just took a while to figure out what they were and how to make myself work for me. If only I were able to identify my true passion early on instead of trying to be what everyone suggested or thought was good for me. I’m finally finding myself, recognizing my strengths and finding what makes me happy.

I realized at a young age that I had a strong passion for animals and I desired to be a part of the Veterinary care system.

I fell in love with a German Shepard named Smokey when I was six years old. My grandparents rescued him from the SPCA, and as soon as I laid eyes on him, I claimed him as my own. Shortly after we adopted our dog, he was due for a few vaccines, so I decided to tag along to his Vet visits. The feeling of helplessness swept over me as we convened in the hospital; it was fast-paced and a bit overwhelming, but it was a feeling that I will never forget.

I demanded that the Veterinarian let me assist him to do whatever it was to keep my dog in a functional status. Once it was explained to me that it was only a routine visit and my nerves calmed a bit, I began to ask a ton of questions. I saw the collaborative help from the Veterinarian and Veterinarian technicians as they worked through Smokey’s visit and I wanted in! I admired the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians on their gentleness, kindness, efficiency, and practice.

I perused my interests in Veterinary care by attending Walter Biddle Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences, completing four years, and graduating with a diploma in animal science. While in High school I was a current member of the Horse club, the small animal science team, and also a member of the aquatics division. During high school, I had the opportunity to explore the Veterinary care field further by acquiring a part-time position at the Mount Airy Animal Hospital.

Working as a kennel assistant was my first real job when I was only 14 years old. I worked in the boarding facilities within the animal hospital, and in the three years that employed, I was able to gain an abundance of experience in caring for sick animals within the hospital and also learned a ton of lessons on the strength it takes to be young and professional at the same time.

I experienced monitoring the health status of various species such as cats, dogs, and birds. I also assisted the Veterinarian and Veterinary technicians with appointments, administration of oral medications and surgery. Also, I groomed animals, provided comfort for boarding pets and got the chance to interact with a diverse group of individuals. Attending to sick animals and giving them comfort was exactly what I envisioned myself doing in the future.

I got the first glance at what a Veterinary Technician entailed and the success of the practice within the field of Veterinary care. This was my first experience and a stepping stone to what I THOUGHT I ultimately wanted in a career.

(Honestly, after this experience I really just wanted to own my own hospital/business because working in some underdog positions, as young people, can be discouraging especially when working with people who think they’re better and may treat you like crap.) I always thought “as an employer, I want to hire young people and help them grow professionally instead of trying to tear them down.”

But anyway, after High school, I attended Widener University with a major in Biology. I wanted to major in Biology and incorporate that later into my career goal in Veterinary science but realized it was not suitable for my goals. I concluded that I enjoyed the hands-on aspect of my previous job and wanted to peruse a position closer to what I experienced. Even though I began to feel lost and like I was not on the right path, I excelled in my academics and had an overall great experience proven by my academic record and personal growth. After a year of completion, I moved on to acquire a position at the University of Pennsylvania in the hopes of gaining more experience and ultimately fulfilling my career goals.

Right now my official title is a Vet Tech Sr. -I am currently a Diagnostics Health Monitoring Technician at the University of Pennsylvania. I am responsible for the health surveillance and viral testing of sentinel animals through ULAR’S research program at the University of Penn’s campus. In my working career, I gained my LAT through AALAS and am now a certified Laboratory Animal Technologist. My interactions working alongside my successful peers at the University of Pennsylvania and Principal Investigators have had such a positive impact on me. This position has helped me develop personally and has helped my growth within Veterinary care.

I am working with animals, hanging around medical professionals, providing training and one on one support to individuals while writing my life away; I even have a hand in producing my department’s newsletter. So I have a chance to work with animals, which I am passionate about, animal care and I love to write so I should be content right? Wrong!

I once asked a question: How many times can a person reinvent themselves? I didn’t receive one response from the Twitter community so, I just assume that means as many times as you want (bish).

Perspective. It’s all about perspective. I called 2016-2017 my quarter life crisis year. For an entire year, I let so many terrible thoughts fill my head that I could never pick or stick to any one thing and the truth is that’s OK.

I realize changing your perspective and reinventing yourself is needed and growth is truly everything. I realized that although my young life hasn’t panned out exactly how I pictured it, it’s falling into place rather nicely.

I’m not saying I’m living the dream (yet) I’m only saying that I’m not as bad off as I tried to make it seem and guess what YOU’RE NOT EITHER!!! Everything takes time to fall into place but hold on girl, hold on.

How young were you when you got your first job? Where was it? How was the Interview process? What were the requirements? Were there generational differences? What was your first impression of the current staff? Are you skipping around trying to find what you’re truly passionate about? Are you like me??


Give me #BlackExcellence but make it #YLP

I can’t help but to SHOUT OUT the #YLP kings & queens and their incredible stories (below).

There were so many noteworthy #blackexcellence posts being shared all over my social media timelines/dashboards/feeds/etc. this week!!

Thank you all!!!

From the people who post/repost, to the people being shouted out- who are out here putting in the work, paving the way and grinding! You fuel this blog:.

(*for the past 30 years 🤔)

I found all of these to be so inspirational and motivating and at the end of the day that’s why this blog YOUNG LOUD PROUD even exists, so again, thank you all.

If you have a personal story or someone you want to SHOUT OUT for being #YLP don’t be afraid to email me:

I look forward to hearing from you. 💪🏾❤️🙌🏾💕✨

What does success mean to you? #YLPtalk

What does success mean to you? Comment below or email me!

Here’s a personal essay I wrote almost four years ago for my journalism course let me know what you think!

“Many students start their academic paths not knowing what to expect and without the complete understanding of what is required, the resources available to assist, or their true passion or ultimate goal. The understanding comes along the way with learned skills, gained knowledge, etc. Thus, many terms such as academic success are unclear as it is sought after. Becoming a master student is on the road to academic success is achievable when students become knowledgeable and gain intelligence, set and prioritize goals, are persistence, and utilize available resources. The circumstances students overcome, becoming knowledgeable and obtaining skills, along with academic achievement is the ultimate academic success, etc.

Academic Success is a term that consists of a varying goal that many students strive toward. “The definition of academic success is necessarily complex and broad; however, it is often misused within educational research to encapsulate all generally accepted desired outcomes.” (York.T.Gibson) Academic success is a difficult term to define as it covers a wide range of topics and it is personalized according to an individual’s perception of what success truly means. In educational research, this term is commonly misinterpreted to equate to academic achievement singly. Many students seek after an academic goal that may be generalized when these goals should be determined and personalized by the individual along their academic road. “We encourage future practitioners and researchers to expand their definition of academic success beyond that of academic achievement.” (York, 2015) The ultimate definition is up to the student.

“Individual scholars recognized the importance of obtaining a degree, whether undergraduate or graduate, through the effect on an individual student’s life both economically and personally.” Obtaining a degree after the completion of a program is very important for a student who initially enroll in school it is a set goal. My educational and career goals consist of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in communications, continuing education in business/marketing, ultimately becoming a writer/magazine publisher. Goal setting is essential when striving toward success. It is imperative to organize, prioritize and get a clear understanding of interests and true passion. Time management and organization skills have developed in my path toward academic success. Writers are consistently held to deadlines and are expected to manage their time accordingly. Time management and prioritizing/goal setting are two obstacles I have learned how to overcome. I am ready and committed to complete the necessary college coursework on the road to my success. While examining my ethical lens, I found that personal biases have formed in various ways, however, through education, I recognize these biases. I believe that every action results in consequences; the individual has a right to their belief system. The individual should utilize critical thinking, set aside biases, and analyze information from another point of view for understanding.

“We found that academic performance in the form of academic achievement, an accomplishment of learning objectives, and acquisition of skills and competencies were the most frequently measured aspects of academic success.” Academic success is measured in many ways. In this study, it was found that the student’s academic performance is commonly determined through examining academic achievements and also learned objectives and skills. Learning styles vary among students. Success is achievable when students understand how they learn best. Knowing my learning style helps with my success because I am aware of how I can retain information and can help people who are similar to me. I learn using a combination of styles including visual and auditory and critical thinking. Thinking critically/Visual/verbal &Tactical/kinesthetic learning preferences include viewing images/ learning by seeing/ viewing written work. Learning by physically doing (hands-on) Diverse learning styles allow more in dept learning. These learning styles help me learn by association, implementation. Motive based justification is my blind spot. There are universal rules set by society, and there are expectations to follow the set rules. I depend on my reasoning skills and rationality to understand the duties and universal rules in society. I am inclined to protect the rights of individuals within society. I focus on the needs of individuals in society and support diverse belief systems compared to what is perceived as the social norm.

Academic readiness: The ability to handle the various demands and structures of the educational environment.

During this course, I have learned how to prepare academically for the unknown. Academic readiness is imperative; students should be able to handle the various demands of the education environment. A step to becoming academically ready includes properly utilizing critical thinking. It is essential and necessary in many circumstances; especially while setting educational and career goals. The process of critical thinking includes remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating. To become successful students should remember their intended purpose for continuing education and remain focused, persistent and determined. Students should gain understating while becoming educated in academics; students should utilize their resources and understand what is available. Apply education and experience to determine goals, analyze the requirements and personal strengths and evaluate what is important or necessary. Create a new outlook, set of goals, plan to achieve a mastery education, ensuring success. This method is intended to produce an objective result and produces a goal. Critical Thinking is a process of thinking and used to analyze information for a goal, a purpose and to produce an objective result. Critical thinking is imperative in both professional and personal interactions as well as personal planning. This method of thinking will execute in professional environments and personal lives when an individual becomes self-aware. During this thinking process, students will produce new ideas that are created based on the collection of information and experiences.”

Watch your mouth! Why verbal communication sucks for SOME young people entering the professional world #YLPtalk

I’m always thrown off with how unprofessional people can be in the workplace. When faced with disrespect or an unwelcome tone, it’s always a toss-up: reply with the same energy or to take the high road. One of my friends just lost his job because someone got physical with him and he turned it up a notch.

Anyway, since that happened to him, I thought how easily it could happen to anyone. To Use your words or use your hands? That is the question! Not really, here’s what I think:

Developing healthy communication strategies will help with social interactions (even if sometimes it’ll be one-sided), in the academic world, as well as during your professional development and in your workplace.

Keeping an open mind and understanding diversity (nobody is the same, and this mean mentally as well) will help an individual from harsh criticism. Communication is imperative, and this means listening when you’re on the giving and receiving side of getting information; listening to the speaker, allowing receipt of a message to your brain, then responding OR choosing to leave the conversation where it is and walking away.

With maturity and experience, I personally adapted listening strategies (a huge part of communication) that contribute to communicating with people; overcoming other barriers I face in working with a diverse group of people. Developing an understanding of interpersonal communication is crucial when strengthening communication skills to engage and focus in academics/ in the process world.

Learning to create an organized plan to help to cope with various “trouble” areas in communication is reasonably simple. Personally, organizing my thoughts and slowing down my thinking/ speaking rate, helps to give the speaker a chance to deliver their message; allowing a chance to receive fully, process, and respond to the message (I learned this over time). I developed strong verbal communication skills by focusing on when someone is delivering relevant information. By focusing, concentrating, and staying attentive.

So…yes, verbal communication sucks for SOME young people entering the workforce because we have trouble listening, this is some people’s first exposure to diversity in their environment, people aren’t communicating as they should because they aren’t willing to be open-minded, understanding or willing to walk away from some toxic conversations.

There are resources available to help young people.

Hey Philly listen up: Here are a couple of organizations that are devoted to uplifting young people and will help with developing life skills: Make the distinction (MTD) , I am Peace and Love.


How can better educate people in America?

We can better educate people by making the idea of striving toward higher education possible. We can make the idea of educating people on a higher level possible once we find a way to make higher education affordable. America’s higher education system is flawed in comparison to other countries due to the lack of resources, assistance, and diversity. It is a fact that the average American cannot afford to attend most institutions to continue their education. “The average yearly cost to attend a four-year public institution is 71% of the annual income of a family in the bottom economic fifth of Americans”. (Alvis, 2011) As more opportunity becomes available to students needing financial assistance, we can find a way to bring more diversity into the higher education system. We need more diversity in the culture of existing colleges and universities.

Tuition cost

Due to the continuous rise in tuition costs, the average American cannot afford to pay for a college education. To the average American, it is unaffordable and almost impossible to attend without taking out multiple loans; leading to early debt. If we can find a way to create new programs or increase the number of programs for assistance, along with creating more resources the idea of attending a four-year university would be more ideal.

Reducing tuition costs civically is an article committed to shining a light on the US Department of education’s bias in funding. The article suggests that the lack of financing to particular primary and secondary schools can snowball into other factors limiting potential college applicants’ opportunity. A combination of a lack of funding in schools and low-income families directly affects the pool for potential college applicants. “Only 1 in 17 adolescents whose families earn $35,377 a year can expect to graduate from a college or university.” (Bittermann, 2008). In comparison, “One out of every two students in families earning more than $85,000 graduate from a college or university.” ( Bittermann, 2008). The youth in America are very diverse, and it appears that the youth (under a particular demographic and status) lack resources and opportunities compared to young people of higher socioeconomic status. The lack of resources and opportunity has a direct relationship to the decision making in seeking higher education.

Diversity in Academia

Diversity is imperative in any academic environment as it opens the door to open-mindedness, creativity, and ultimately success through collaboration. We can better educate people first by allowing the opportunity, then expand the meaning of success; broaden its meaning and making it appeal to a diverse group.

The purpose of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity was to explain how essential diversity is in an academic setting. This article refers to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania in which professors found it evident that the present of diversity among gender and race contributed to a more successful workplace leading to a better academic environment. Results showed an increase in creative thinking, ideas, and ultimately improved performance whereas a lack of diversity displayed poor planning and problem-solving. “Many academics and intellectuals see their community as a major force for diversity and open-mindedness throughout American society and take justifiable pride in this image. Now they can be consistent and apply those values to their profession, by celebrating ideological diversity.” (Brooks, 2015)


Both articles are recent and relevant. Both support my claim that we can better educate people once we find a way to make education affordable and allow diverse populations the same opportunities. Once the opportunity is available, it is essential to create a diverse environment among students and staff.

A reliable person is trustworthy, has undoubted qualities, is consistent with providing quality work, and can be trusted. The source of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity is the New York Times, which has proven to be a reliable source for news. The article Reducing tuition costs civically came from a book with a noted author who through experience has gained credibility.

The reports are credible enough, believed, convincing, and capable of persuasion through conducted studies and collected evidence. Both articles referred to studies carried out at a professional level to determine their results. The University of Penn is a trusted source and a diverse academic institution. Both authors have successfully published articles and journals. Both articles are persuasive due to the supporting evidence.







Brooks, A. C. (2015). Academia’s rejection of diversity.

Bittermann, C. (2008). Reducing tuition costs, civically. Policy Studies Journal, 36(4), 669-670. Retrieved from

Bradbard, D. A., Robbins, D. K., & Alvis, C. (2011). BALANCING THE STATE COLLEGE BUDGET: WHY MUST TUITION INCREASE AND BY HOW MUCH? (). Arden: Jordan Whitney Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved from

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