Category: Chicago

Getting Sexy with Rashida KhanBey and ERUPTIONS Dance

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I am laying. Flat on my back. In a darkened room, with the faintest bit of light tracing my body. My hips raise and lower counter-clockwise. Smooth, slow pelvic circles, keeping time with the haunting melody of Lil Wayne’s “She Will.” Indeed, I will. And I did. I am sexy. Free. Focused. It’s like me, dancing at... Read more »

Black Girls Are Detoxing!

Black Girls Are Detoxing!
I’d been thinking of doing a detox for awhile, but finally decided to officially put healthy foods where my mouth is on January 9, 2012. Today is Day 8 of a 21 day raw foods and fruit/veggie juicing detox under the facilitation of Tammye Mathews of Restored, Inc. After successfully completing a week–1/3 of the... Read more »

Hasana, Inc. Launch Party to Benefit the Aparecio Foundation

Hasana, Inc. Launch Party to Benefit the Aparecio Foundation
There’s no better way to party than to party with a purpose. On December 14, 2011, the Aparecio Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit utilizing mentoring programs to promote the personal and professional development of low-income, high-potential young women in Chicago high schools,  celebrates the launch of its embedded marketing arm, Hasana, Inc, with simultaneous events in Chicago and New... Read more »
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Urban Radio's War on Black Girls: My Black Princess and the Frog Theories

Urban Radio's War on Black Girls: My Black Princess and the Frog Theories
This morning I was skimming through Dave Ramey’s book, The Total Money Makeover, and came across this dope example he used about frogs to explain our habits and money. To paraphrase, if you throw a frog into hot boiling water, he’s going to fight and hop out. However, if you throw a frog into some... Read more »

Field Trip: Kundalini Yoga in the Loop

Field Trip: Kundalini Yoga in the Loop
It was almost as awesome as the kundalini yoga (KY) DVD I do at home. During my infamous “sabbatical of 2007/2008”–e.g., a seven-month period where I was unemployed–I stumbled upon a yoga DVD entitled “Kundalini Yoga with Gurmukh” and decided to give it a try. I dabbled in yoga prior to 2008, but had never... Read more »

Philanthropist NOW: Easy ways to start giving right where you are

Philanthropist NOW: Easy ways to start giving right where you are
On most days, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m certain that one of the things I want to be is a philanthropist. I like to call myself a philanthropist, but according to Wikipedia there is a great distinction between philanthropy and charitable giving and... Read more »
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A Mother's Day Poem: something especially for the kids

I was quite the scribe in my elementary school days. The Young Authors program in CPS was amazing (shout out to John D. Shoop Academy and my librarian Mrs. Scott; the YA facilitator Mrs. Ellison and Mrs. Jones, the computer teacher). This is a Mother’s Day-inspired poem in my first official collection of unpublished poetry. If... Read more »

I Eat Books for Dinner: no, really, I do

I Eat Books for Dinner: no, really, I do
I have yet to put bookshelves up in my new “penthouse loft,” which is kind of a problem since 90% of what I own is books. I finally had a light bulb moment the other night and realized my unused cabinet space is usable. Instant bookshelves!  Works out kinda nice since I converted the “breakfast... Read more »

A Green Line Ditty: poetry in motion

A Green Line Ditty: poetry in motion
  I wish the people knew they as elevated as the trains be, higher than that really. On the ground chasing green flippin green smoking green. Im on that Green moving toward sumthin better. I know im elevated.   Sunday at 8:59am via Mobile Web ·  · ·
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Yes, I'm 31-Years-Old and I Still Take Field Trips!: fun on the North Side

I have tons of Sandria-isms, but my two favorites that should be trademarked and quoted often by others are: “I don’t do parties, I do events!” “I’m funny as hell!” It’s the latter quote that caused me to put my money where my mouth is and drop 300 some-odd dollars for the Level 1 Comedy... Read more »