Disconnect and reflect: take a break from the internet after the 2016 Presidential Election

On the night of Nov. 8, the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election gave rise to a title that is sure to stir mixed emotions for people of color across the nation: President-Elect Donald Trump. It still amazes me that I am currently witnessing history unfold. Beyond shocking millions of people across the nation, the … Continue reading Disconnect and reflect: take a break from the internet after the 2016 Presidential Election

Queens own your crown: Hair is for glory, not global acceptance

For some reason whenever the topic of a black females personal hair preferences or the controversy behind the "how to's" of surviving (with natural hair) in the work place is revisited, the lyrics to India.Arie's "I Am Not My Hair" rings triumphantly in my mind. We have come upon a time in society where rise … Continue reading Queens own your crown: Hair is for glory, not global acceptance

Oprah Winfrey is #WithHer

There is no denying that the 2016 United States Presidential Election has prompted national controversy and (over) heated debate. The race has largely boiled down to debate between the Democratic presidential bid Hilary Clinton and the Republican presidential bid Donald Trump for the lucrative responsibility of becoming the leader of the free world. With election … Continue reading Oprah Winfrey is #WithHer

Black women combat stereotypes with hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Find the problem: You are on a flight and you, or a loved one, need medical assistance and it just so happens that a (perfectly) qualified female doctor of color offers her assistance and expertise. Hurray! Not so fast. A flight attendant denies the female physicians services, because she simply doesn't have the "look" of a … Continue reading Black women combat stereotypes with hashtag #WhatADoctorLooksLike

Ben & Jerrys Serves Ice Cream and Social justice

Ben & Jerry's believe Black Lives Matter. Yes, you read that correctly. The ever popular Vermont-based creamery decided to declare their support for the movement that has ignited international conversation. On Thursday, Ben & Jerry's posted its support for the movement on its Facebook and Twitter. https://twitter.com/benandjerrys/status/784062366577225728 The company decided to take things one step … Continue reading Ben & Jerrys Serves Ice Cream and Social justice

5 Self Care Tips for POC in the wake of tragedy

Racial Trauma is real.  In today's society, social media has evolved into much more than just means to stay in touch with friends and family. More often than not, news outlets and citizen journalists are sharing bits of breaking news on public platforms that reach the masses with just one click. Sadly, it seems as … Continue reading 5 Self Care Tips for POC in the wake of tragedy

A Bit About Me: Shakayla Lee

Hello! I’m Shakayla Lee. As a college student, at the University of Florida, I am in the beginning stages of my journey. Naturally, during this stage of my life I have noticed that I am on a path of constant self discovery. Although it did not take long for me to realize that my ability to binge-watch hours of Chopped has indirectly upped my food-IQ and coined me a self proclaimed expert chef, my other talents were slowly discovered. For many years I was the girl who always had her nose in a book, and-frankly- nothing has changed. However, over time my fascination by the ability to be transported into another world through intricately crafted wording evolved into a personal interest in not only expressing myself, but also being heard. Thus, I began to write.