Life Category

Empathy is the answer for police shootings

Growing up biracial, with a black father and a white mother, made me something of an outsider. I held allegiances to two groups, but never completely felt part of either one. Racist comments from the Italian side of my family and slurs from my white peers at school were a constant reminder that I was […]

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Messy moments make a masterpiece

I recently subscribed to the Tidal music service, which has given me access to virtually every song and album in existence. Naturally, I started diving deep into Fleetwood Mac’s collection (if you don’t know about my obsession with the Mac, that’s for another column altogether) and found the “Rumours” super deluxe edition, which includes loads […]

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It’s better to experience life than tweet about it

Call me old-fashioned, but I get annoyed when people stay glued to their phones at social events — taking selfies for Snapchat, posting status updates, recording video, documenting what they’re doing instead of actually doing it. And I have to wonder what the point of it all is. To “connect” with people who aren’t there? […]

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The Ghosts In Our Society

During my career as a journalist, I interviewed dozens of firefighters and cops. I went to the scene of fires that were still burning and talked to deputy captains after the fires were extinguished. I wrote about fatal accidents. I got information and quotes for my stories. I always thought about the victims. Their stories […]

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Surviving Valentine’s Day: Tips and tricks for the romantically challenged

 Yes, assigning love a specific day is a bizarre and insidious corporate tactic, but just know that you can take The Man’s attempt to oppress you/force you to buy chocolate and use it to your advantage. Valentine’s Day. Some call it a holiday. Others call it a nightmare. it’s that time of year when we […]

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After a fight with a boyfriend, I picture soccer fields

It’s after midnight and my boyfriend and I are having a fight, and it reminds me of a fight I had with an ex-boyfriend. It’s a fight that makes me feel bad about myself, and for some reason I picture the soccer fields in Wilmington, my hometown. This is where I spent afternoons and weekends […]

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My philosophy of life courtesy of Damon Dash

“My win is to never in life have a boss. To always be free to say what I want. To be able to empower the people I love. That’s my dream. My dream is to make the money without selling out. Anything else is a loss to me. Somebody might say ‘If somebody pays me $100 […]

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5 questions I still have about the Jay Z-Solange elevator brawl

I know, I know. Elevatorgate has already been discussed to death. There are more important things to focus on and more constructive things I could be doing with my time than writing about the family strife between Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange. Just because I share the last name Carter with two-thirds of the clan does […]

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The 5 types of Facebook likes

So you’re on Facebook. Welcome to Earth. The social media giant has become the central hub for posting pictures, stalking acquaintances, ignoring event invites and boosting the self-esteem of members of our social circle by “liking” their posts. “Likes” are Facebook’s social currency, and there’s plenty of them circulating. The only problem is that most […]

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