04, 04, 2017

Why I Started Blogging

On April 1, 2015, I nervously hit the publish button on my blog on my blog and decided to just go for it.

Ever since I was in high school I’ve been obsessed with reading blogs. I discovered blogs right when I discovered that I could wear my hair in its natural state (different story for a different time but let me know in the comments if you want to hear it). I was watching a video and the YouTuber made a reference to a website, CurlyNikki.com to be exact, and I realized that people were sharing their life and experiences online. Now I don’t know why I gravitated towards the idea of reading someone experiences, but I did. Maybe because I always found it easier to communicate through writing than speaking. 

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08, 03, 2017

I Get Money | 5 Financial Tips for Millennials

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About a month ago, I got together with fellow blogger Naakie Nartey and we did a not so quick Facebook live video chatting about money. If you’re not sure who Naakie is, let me give you a brief rundown. She’s a finance and lifestyle blogger and YouTube content creator. At 25, she’s a first time home buyer and passionate about helping others build wealth. She shared so much good information on the broadcast and I realized that you guys never got a chance to see it. Now I couldn’t let ya’ll be out here without the money secrets. What type of friend would I be? So here are a few takeaways from the broadcast.

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20, 02, 2017

#BlackHistory: All About the 4 Bomb Women that Showed Me Being Myself Was Enough


As women I think we all have moments in our lives when we look at the images and people around us to frame who we want to be. Growing up as a young black woman in this country is especially interesting because we don’t see a lot of positive reinforcement of ourselves in mainstream media. It’s gotten better over the years thanks to wonderful black bloggers, actors, producers, directors and writers. I recently shared a video on my Facebook page of a new Sephora ad which features Khadija Shari. I was so excited because #RepresentationMatters and we don’t get a lot of that.

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20, 02, 2017

Tee’s Night Out: Cooking with Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson

One thing that people may not know about me is that I love to cook. I’ve been watching Food Network since I was a little girl, and I always practiced the recipes that I saw. So it’s no surprise that I’m also the weirdo who has a favorite chef. Yup! Regular people have favorite singers, actors, athletes; I on the other hand fan girl over people whose food I’ve never actually tasted but just know in my heart it’s the best thing ever.

When I saw my favorite chef, Marcus Samuelsson, post on Facebook that the Macy’s Culinary Council would be presenting a special cooking demo in Atlanta this past Friday, I knew I’d be in the building. I started packing my bag with my copy of his Yes, Chef memoir and Marcus Off Duty cookbook on Wednesday night (because autographs, duh).

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11, 01, 2017

Home for the First Time : My Journey to Liberia


I know I’m late but Happy New Year! It’s been a while but I’m back.


If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I spent the last two weeks of 2016 in Liberia. Let me tell you, it was the best!


Though I was born in the US (Hollis, Queens, New York to be exact), both of my parents were born and raised in Liberia. Any first or second generation child will tell you that it’s sort of a rite of passage to go “back home” and visit the country that holds your culture and heritage. It’s been 25 years, but my rite of passage came in December. And it wasn’t just a special moment for me, but for my mother also who hadn’t been home in over 20 years.

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06, 12, 2016

The Give Back Gift Guide: 6 Good Will Fashion Brands to Shop this Holiday



I don’t know about you, but as soon as Thanksgiving dinner has settled in my stomach, I’m already playing Christmas music.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

I absolutely love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday. And what I love most about Christmas is the opportunity to give. While you can (and should) give any time of the year, hearts seem to be more open during the holidays. People intentionally put themselves aside toseek opportunities to give to someone else or give back to their communities; even if it’s just for a moment. 

So if you’re doing your holiday shopping and want to share the love and wealth this season, I got you! I’ve gathered a few good will brands that you can shop this Christmas to help yourself and someone else.

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