The Existential Problem of Coonery

The Existential Problem of Coonery

Let's start by defining what a "coon" is. A "coon" is a black person who values what white people think of them more than they care to honor their culture and the suffrage of the racial group they identify with. A "coon" seeks to be accepted and praised by white people while seemingly enjoying any and all humiliation, marginalization, bias, prejudice or mistreatment expressed towards them by white … [Read more...]

The State of the Union on Wokeness

The State of the Union on Wokeness

This week's theme for #BlackBlogsMatter is "The Tao of Woke". As a result, I decided to speak about the state of "wokeness" and what it should mean for you as we continue to navigate difficult themes around race relations and society. The word: "Awake" is defined as: "to stop sleeping or wake from sleep". "Woke" being a derivative of "awake" must then be related to that definition. You are not … [Read more...]

Living in Color: Why I Stopped Caring About What White People Think

#BlackBlogsMatter Living in Color_ Why I Stopped Caring What White People Think

  It must be a hell of a feeling when your skin, ideas, and presence become a golden ticket of Willy Wonka proportions in life. It must be nice to not only create the rules, systems, and standards but to actually be “the standard”. It is utterly astonishing when you can be given the space and grace to be both tone-deaf, ignorant, a disaster, and human all while stumbling towards what seems … [Read more...]

Black Blogs Still Matter Because We Can No Longer Afford Silence

Black Blogs Still Matter Because We Can No Longer Afford Silence

Today not only marks the first day of February, but it also marks my first official day back on the blog. It is also the beginning of Black History Month and the revered Black Blogs Matter Challenge. Today's theme is Black Blogs Still Matter. Black blogs still matter quite simply because our silence as black people can no longer stand. By now, many of us have built our respective brands and … [Read more...]

The Only Thing Leaders Should Have Top Of Mind For 2018 is Integrity


This is the time of year that predictions are made and data is shared about what the strategic and operational goals are for the upcoming year. Although management firms spend an inordinate amount of time and money collecting this data all year long for these much-coveted reports, there is rarely anything earth-shattering about what CEO's, business leaders or professionals have to say about where … [Read more...]

I Used To Love D&I: Why I’ve Fallen Out of Love With Diversity & Inclusion


  Diversity and Inclusion was not my intended path. It was something that I knew very well at the ground-level being most often the only black woman in the companies, departments, and teams I worked for. Nonetheless, it wasn't my focus to be a diversity and inclusion professional in the way that some may choose it as a field now. My work in HR brought us together. Whether it was the … [Read more...]

6 HR Epiphanies Learned Through 6 Years of Blogging

6 HR Epiphanies

Yesterday was my 6th year blogiversary for this here blog. I am eternally thankful for the ride I have had to date with this blog. After 10+years of living HR day-to-day (6 of which I have spent writing about it too) -- you have many a-ha moments. This blog has spawned a business, speaking engagements, brand partnerships and more.  I created this blog as a safe space for me to reconcile the … [Read more...]

The Underground Workforce: Immigrants

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  A little over a month ago, I traveled to Queens to go pick up my 10th wedding anniversary cake from a family friend. To give you some context, I live in Long Island, NY (the forgotten borough, unless you talk The Hamptons) so anytime I want food or goods related to my West-Indian culture (and this cake was a West-Indian cake) I go to Queens or Brooklyn usually. Since I am … [Read more...]

Three Steps to Finding Success Through Clarity

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I've been having a lot of conversations with friends, family and colleagues about where I am currently and where all my efforts are headed. Young adults everywhere are charged with deciding at the ripe age of 17 what they want to do with their lives. In my case, it was expressed in choose a college and degree field. Make sure it is something that "makes sense and cents".  I assume like most young … [Read more...]

A Business Curse Word For The Ages: Diversity

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  I've spent the better half of my career immersed in work environments that had to keep a watchful eye over things like diversity & inclusion. The work felt like something I should be proud of -- seeing as though it is predicated upon providing equal opportunity to people who have often been outcast based on everything from race to physical disability. At the same time that I was busy … [Read more...]