"I know they say the first love is the sweetest but that first cut is the deepest" I sung these Drake lyrics so carelessly in high school. Matter fact, Drake stayed in heavy rotation growing up. His words didn't really hit me back in the day. I just reduced his music to something I could … Continue reading What My First Heartbreak Has Taught Me
Hey Frank, I honestly don't even know where to begin... Well, I guess I could start this out with an intro. I'm Candace. I'm a senior in college and I study mass media but my love is film and writing. I hope to one day own my own independent film company, win a ton of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Frank Ocean
Most people have a hard time imagining me as anything other than an opinionated, strong-minded, strong-willed, feisty ass Womanista. It's funny to me because me, 10 years ago, would've never imagined that I would be such the firecracker I am today. Growing up I was shy, quiet, and wildly insecure. So... how did I get … Continue reading Journey to Self-Love with Self-Care Along the Way
Alright... So where do I even begin? So much to unpack. Ugh, get a snack, a blanket, and get comfortable for this one. So... If you're unfamiliar with what's going on, Beyonce dropped a visual for her new single "Formation" this past weekend, a day before her Superbowl halftime performance. Her music video, in particular, … Continue reading Getting in Formation: Track Review & Social Commentary
Bajan beauty Rihanna dropped her long awaiting album "ANTI" last week and social media went into a frenzy. Naturally, I, as well, was excited to listen to Rih's new album. I've been loving Rihanna's music since her "Pon de Replay" days. What I noticed about this album is that Rihanna took risks. I'm a fan … Continue reading Album Review | ANTI by Rihanna
"Nice guys always finish last." "Girls don't like gentlemen anymore. All they want is douche bags." "You gotta treat girls like trash in order for them to like you." Do these lines sound familiar? These retorts are known to come out of the mouths of what I like to call "fake nice guys" or "self-entitled … Continue reading No, You Are Not a “Nice” Guy.
Earlier this month, former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was, to my surprise, convicted of raping several black women. Following this trial via twitter has been tumultuous for me. Tumultuous, rocky, but nonetheless, draining. Daniel Holtzclaw targeted these black women strategically. He targeted poor black women in particular--mostly sex workers and drug addicts because he knew that they … Continue reading Rape Culture in the Black Community & How it Affects Black Women and Girls