Sip, Chat & Chew with Art "Chat Daddy" Sims: A new South Side brunch experience

Where can you go for a really good brunch on the SOUTH SIDE? Don’t worry, I’ll wait. If you were hard pressed for an answer like me or want to try something different from the hidden gems you know of, here’s something you can get excited about. Throughout the month of February, Art “Chat Daddy”... Read more »

Impulse buy alert! "A Different World" Hillman College tees and hoodies

Before there was an Olivia Pope or Mary Jane, there was Whitley Gilbert. Freddie Brooks. Kimberly Reese. Jaleesa Vinson.                 I long for the leading ladies of NBC’s iconic sitcom, “A Different World” when I think about what’s on TV these days. Sure, we can all sit around... Read more »

Yoga and training my cats to stay off my yoga mat

TWOOOOO CAAAAAATS!!! *in my 2 Chainz voice* That’s how many cats I have, which means I have two bodies to fling off my mat every time I lay it down. Each time it’s the same routine:  I unroll my mat. The cats proceed to lay on it and sometimes bathe themselves. I pick them up... Read more »

The Bride Didn't Toss Her Bouquet and I Loved It

I haven’t been to many weddings in my life, but anytime I’m invited to one I get excited because I (1) love celebrating other people’s happy occassions (2) LIVE for a great reception, particularly the free food and (3) get to put on a dress and be all dressed up with some place to go. On Saturday,... Read more »

Do You Know Your Joy Jumpstarts? Figure Them Out and Use Often to Maintain Your Sanity

It’s autumn and my favorite hashtag of the moment is #AllPumpkinEverything. I want pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin candles, pumpkin nails, and my absolute pumpkin favorite – – pumpkin chai with almond milk from Argo Tea! I’m overdosing on pumpkin right now, but it’s little things like these that make me smile; make me do... Read more »

The #1 Thing I Told Myself to Keep From Losing My Mind at Work and Snapping On Folks

  It goes without saying but I’m about to say it right after the comma, people will inevitably say and do crazy –ish to you at work. It might be a team member that talks down to you like you’re a three year old; the super micro-managing supervisor that low-key tries to sabotage your work;... Read more »

Post-Apartheid Property Struggle: Film "Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours)"

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To be honest, most of what I learned about South African apartheid and the ending of apartheid in the early-90s was from watching the classic sitcom, “A Different World.” I had no clue what it really meant to “divest from South Africa”, but I knew what was happening in the motherland was bad. Fast forward some 20... Read more »

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings
Chicago is back in the news. For gun violence. Again. This morning, I woke up to an NBC Chicago news article in my Facebook timeline, “Boy, 3, Among 13  People Shot in Chicago Park“. The overnight shooting quickly grew legs outside of Chicago and popped up in’s top headlines. Not a good look for “The... Read more »

What I learned throwing rocks in the pond: A photo story

I learned  a lot this morning while throwing rocks in the pond and watching the ripples tell a story.   I like to hold things. I like to throw things. My rocks this morning were really intentions. Choices. Decisions. Prayers.   I threw my prayers in the water, aiming for the sun’s reflection as my bullseye. It’s such a... Read more »

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce
Thank you Crystal Fleming for creating the petition requesting the removal of the “Harriet Tubman Sextape” skit and an apology from Russell Simmons whose company All Def Digital (ADD) created and distributed it. I was up early into the morning re-posting updates on the petition and writing to All Def Digital’s director of communications. It... Read more »