Category: Zondra Hughes

My Sad Life as the Side Chick

My Sad Life as the Side Chick
By Zondra Hughes Once you’ve been a Side Chick, you can’t shake that experience–especially if it didn’t end well. I should know, I was a Side Chick. Iowa State University can be a sad place when you’re the only brown girl for miles, and yes, I do mean miles. The few black guys on campus... Read more »

Watch: Man Cries After Volunteers Decorate His Home

Watch: Man Cries After Volunteers Decorate His Home
For four muggy, muddy days we trekked across several states (from Georgia to Ohio) to find good deals to do a good deed. In the end, a grown man cried tears of joy. GMC’s Hidden Treasure Adventure dispatched two teams of bloggers and DIYers on the World’s Longest Yard Sale. The mission? To find items... Read more »

Beware: Con ARTIST in NYC

Beware: Con ARTIST in NYC
Chalk this one up as a lesson learned, folks.  Over the weekend I strolled Times Square and happened upon a caricature artist. His stand was decorated with STUNNING depictions of celebrities and everyday folks and for a mere $5, he offered to sketch me as well. “$5, and you pay now,” he said politely, and... Read more »
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Now Filming: Christopher Nolen's "72 Hours"

Now Filming: Christopher Nolen's "72 Hours"
By Zondra Hughes Christopher Nolen’s star studded romantic comedy 72 Hours will start filming locally in June. In 72 Hours, a reformed womanizer, Cleavon “Von” Burkett (Timon Kyle Durrett) was living the good life with a beautiful wife and dream job- until one day he wasn’t. With his health taking the back burner in his... Read more »

Video: Maya Angelou and Common

Video: Maya Angelou and Common
By Zondra Hughes In my former life, when I was the national deputy editor for Rolling Out, my boss Munson Steed and I met with Maya Angelou and Common to discuss the state of Black men and family. This was one of the most memorable moments in my career as a journalist.  Watch the video,... Read more »

Ladies Beware: Are You the Hot Chick or The Help?

Ladies Beware: Are You the Hot Chick or The Help?
by Zondra Hughes Think about the relationship you’re in right now. How would you describe your role? Are you the hot chick–or the help? Here’s what I know: when you showcase your talents, someone will want to use them.  And some of us tend to showcase our talents early in the dating process, and this... Read more »
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Hell No! The 9 NOs for Friends & Lovers

Hell No! The 9 NOs for Friends & Lovers
By Zondra Hughes No is a powerful little word that is sometimes hard to say when a so-called friend or lover is staring you in the face, and asking you to cross a line. If you don’t say no when the favor asked will put you at risk personally, professionally, and, um, financially, you may... Read more »

Our First Film Short: A New Look at Leadership

Our First Film Short: A New Look at Leadership
Dr. Dawj and I convinced (okay, begged) Jocelyn K. Allen, Director – Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications at General Motors, to allow us to shadow her during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), her 21st year working that event. We wanted to know what women in the auto industry did during arguably the most... Read more »

What Do You Think of Those Black Chicks with Blonde Hair?

What Do You Think of Those Black Chicks with Blonde Hair?
By Zondra Hughes In college I wore my hair jet black. I guess I looked good enough; I did get a wedding ring. Fast forward to a decade ago, when at work, I shared a short elevator ride with a stylish senior editor that I admired; sometimes she spoke to me, most times she didn’t.... Read more »
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Got a minute? 7 Tips to Recharge Your Career

Got a minute? 7 Tips to Recharge Your Career
The future is now—so, are you prepared for it? Ven K. Lai, Lead Creative Designer, Buick, Creative Design, has seven rules for rebooting your career and these rules apply if you’re a Millennial just starting out, and/or if you’re a mid-level executive starting over. Video: Meet Ven K. Lai Ven K. Lai, Lead Creative Buick,... Read more »