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I’m endeavoring on the digital adventure of a lifetime as I learn to code thanks to People Space OC and School of Devs.

Coding isn’t as hard as people think, and I am guilty of being one of these women, who just assumed it was something other people did. Not me.

Yet, as a woman of color I am eagerly joining the family of unicorns in the form of a black girl who can code. Rock on.

Many, many thanks to @girlie_mac for providing visual explanation for todays lessons of error codes and HTTP protocols in the form of fluffy cats and kittens. Just Brilliant.





Are you a established or fledgling woman coder? Would love to connect. Especially if you’re using your skills on tumblr who’s code frightens the shit out of me.  For now. 

How I #Unplug

Finding balance this weekend in the new + unusual places.

Free Yoga Saturday: 10am, upper level next to Macy’s at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

What I loved about this class is not only does it dispel the myth “black folks don’t do yoga”, the hour long class is filled with yogis of all colors and ages. Get there early if you want a good spot. I wound up in the back this week and it was crazy loud and hard to focus

The workout is appropriate for all yoga levels, whether you prefer a more physical work out or a more spiritual one, you’ll enjoy getting your stretch on to the likes of Mos Def and Al Green. 

WOECC/Yoga @ Baldwin Hills checkin photo Screenshot_2014-07-28-00-18-16.png

Be Encouraged @ Word of Encouragement Community Church

Speaking of spiritual workout, my first weekend back in town I discovered Reverend Najuma Smith while visiting a West Adams church near my neighborhood. But driving the few extra miles to Word of Encouragement Community Church located in Pico Union, where she is Senior Pastor, has been beyond worth it. As Rev. Juju often notes in her welcoming remarks, each of us likely passed 5 or  6 other churches on the way to Word of Encouragement. But church is all about fit. I have to consider first, where will I get my spirit woman fed?

What I first loved about Word of Encouragement was that everyone in the pews wasn’t 100 years old. The choir was tantamount to a super rockin live band, and the sanctuary, a former synagogoue felt so esteemed and reverent you couldn’t help but know God was truly in the place.

Word of Encouragement is a social media driven church as well, which basically sealed the deal for me. Promoting a year long hashtag of #dynamiclife, the emphasis is on a spiritual practice that you can take into every area of your life. As I seek to build a new business, transition fully into Los Angeles living and buy a new house in 12 months, I have no reservations that I want to live a more dynamic life in every way possible. 

Lord willing.


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This is where we are. The CIA can join twitter and will be warmly received. People will be excited and ‘tee hee’ and giggle about it. The US Dept of Defense will tweet “jokingly” to the CIA and people will love it.

Now oblivious white people who aren’t the target of systemic oppression and violence loving this is one thing. They’re existing in a different reality, and I don’t expect them to get it by default, or to contextualize anything outside of their existence. Black and brown people joining in on the fun however is downright bizarre. These groups of mass murderers can make a cheeky tweet or two and people will get excited about it. The DoD tweet about running in the same circles is really gross, especially when you take the time to consider what they are actually “joking” about.

Now I’m not surprised by people finding these tweets funny, but I am disappointed by some who are joining in the celebration of this macabre exhibition of humor. Especially those who claim to be about social justice. I have seen people who a mere week ago were posting about black sites and drone bases, extrajudicial killings and even the CIA’s fake vaccination campaign in Pakistan join in on the celebration of the CIA’s first tweet.

Someone who fancies themselves to be about justice posted this on facebook - “The CIA made a big splash with their first tweet. Looking forward to more from them.” Looking forward to more from the CIA? They’re talking about the CIA making a splash like a rapper dropping a mixtape to critical acclaim. This person can apparently put aside their indignation for all the injustice and crimes perpetrated by the CIA and DoD to celebrate their tweets. The fact that they are organizations made up of criminals (that’s exactly what they are) who operate above the law, kill at will and are the proxy of US global imperialism is momentarily on hold because their tweets are funny. I found that really curious. How can you be disarmed by tweets? What would have to be going through your mind to find the humor in any of this if you know even just a tiny bit of what the CIA and DoD do everyday and if you know their history? What kind of detachment mentality do people like this have? I guess everything flies out the window when you make a silly tweet or two.

Social media can neuter even the most dastardly. That’s the real danger, and I fear a populace who warmly embraces organizations like the CIA. People like them are dangerous and they frighten me. Why? Because they can see evil and laugh with it, when the proper response should be them rebuking it. This is why the CIA and DoD can operate with impunity. Sure, the CIA just leased a blacksite in Djibouti for 20 years for their secret prison where they will torture and kill black and brown people without charging them with anything. The site also operates as hub for drone strikes, but wasn’t the CIA’s first tweet hilarious? The CIA is so funny!

I guess I don’t have a sense of humor.


the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.

thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.

please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities.

also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

#TBT last days of Vino Libro. Joe Jacksons up! @ab1namillion I can only assume you took picture.

#TBT Back at Casa Swathmore after I won the 1997 Miss DHS pageant. Me and the sibs @lace_face_ @justgolfu