The words of a confused and self-loathing black woman

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We all have freedom of choice and deciding who you want to date or marry is entirely up to the individual. However, ruling out the possibility of dating someone in your own community based on hatred is a despicable act of self-loathing and insecurity.

In high school, I had a friend, a beautiful dark skin, British born, Jamaican friend who would joke that she never wanted to date a black man and that black men are all “broke” and “ghetto.” Her constant belittling of black men would really irritate me. …


A few reasons why some black people refuse to go vegan

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Why Black People Avoid Going Vegan

When you think of the word “vegan,” what comes to your mind?

A wild guess would probably be a mental picture of an upper-middle-class, white hipster sipping a soy-latte or maybe a wealthy, tanned, super skinny, yoga-obsessed white woman.

For many years, veganism has predominantly been described as a lifestyle for the privileged white folks. To prove this, let’s do a little Google search for “vegan,” “vegan person,” “vegetarian.” The results will show you why mainstream veganism is mostly white.

You’re likely to see a handful of people of color. When Thrillist, an entertainment…


Nashlie Sephus wants to change the face of downtown Jackson, Mississippi

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Image from Amazon Science — Nashlie Sephus

Nashlie Sephus is a science manager, working for Amazon’s artificial intelligence division. She is currently on a mission to transform downtown Jackson, Mississippi into a national technology hub. She is currently investing more than $20m to transform 12 derelict acres of land and abandoned buildings into a tech district to train the next generation of technology innovators.

“My goal is to turn this space into a self-sustaining village where people can live, work, play and eat.”

The long-term plan is to renovate seven buildings over a five-year span. The development will consist of a makers space, a photography studio, electronics…


Is working for 14 hours per day like Jordan B. Peterson a good idea?

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Jordan B. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, he is also a clinical psychologist, author and public speaker. I first came into contact with Peterson’s work when I watched a video about his crazy work routine. I did a little research about him and discovered that aside from being very opinionated, he is extremely hard working and he has been working 14 hours per day since 1985. I decided to give it a try, as I am currently researching the power of hard work and looking into the work routines of the rich and successful.


I set myself a mini-challenge this week to make Medium my full-time job for one week, yesterday was day one. Here is how it went.

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I am currently doing a challenge to write 150 articles in 30 days and I am also doing a seven-day challenge where I work on Medium as a full-time writer for seven days. I am working seven hours a day, writing and interacting and sharing my content. Yesterday was day one, this a quick rundown of the work I did yesterday.

Articles Published

I published four articles yesterday, they didn’t gain much traction but I did spend some time sharing old articles and carrying out other tasks pertaining to Medium.

Day 1: What Did I Do?

-Published four articles

-Spent time responding to comments

-Read ten articles and…


Buy gifts for women from these black-owned cruelty-free brands

Colorful poster-style collage with black-owned cruelty-free beauty brands written in black on a baby oink background. Decorative brown flowers to the left on a white background. Three images of different make up and skincare brands. All brightly colored and minimal design.
Colorful poster-style collage with black-owned cruelty-free beauty brands written in black on a baby oink background. Decorative brown flowers to the left on a white background. Three images of different make up and skincare brands. All brightly colored and minimal design.
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The cruelty-free beauty space or “clean” beauty has grown rapidly in the past few years. With more high profile brands opting to go cruelty-free.

We want to focus on promoting black-owned, high-quality brands that offer cruelty-free options as well as non-toxic beauty products for women.

Here are seven black-owned cruelty-free beauty brands that are perfect for gift shopping for women.

1. SimplyFabilous

SimplyFabilous is owned and managed by skincare expert Fabiola Hinton. Her line of cruelty-free makeup and skincare products was launched in 2017 in Ontario, Canada. SimplyFabilous the brand retails high-quality makeup and skincare products as well as fashion accessories.

The…


This is how a lazy girl writes 100 articles in a single month

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Laziness is a disease, it eats away at your dreams, goals and future plans. I was born lazy, tidying my room and getting ready for school in the morning was like torture to the body and brain, I prefer to spend hours watching my favourite movies on Netflix or endless vlogs on YouTube. Naturally, I am a lazy person and I am not afraid to admit it. However, I get stuff done, how is this even possible if I am the laziest person on the planet? …


The LGBTQ community in Ghana continue to fight for their rights and celebrities are fighting with them.

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Image: Naomi Campbell Wikipedia

Recently social media has erupted with anger and disgust regarding the gay rights issues in Ghana, West Africa. I moved to Ghana from the UK in 2016, my parents were born and raised here. I have always been aware of the fact that same-sex sexual contact is illegal in Ghana however, I was blind to the fact that it is also a major issue for organizations such as the LGBT + Rights group in Ghana to have a safe space to express themselves without backlash.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Ghana security services shut down the recently launched LGBT +Rights…


I am going to be writing full-time on Medium for the next seven days.

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I am currently doing a 150 article challenge on Medium, in my previous article about the challenge, I stated that I supervise more than I write for my content writing business. Most of the work is outsourced and lately, I have been focusing on personal projects and personal goals. I set myself a challenge this month to write 150 articles in 30 days, previously, I completed 100 articles in 30 days. This time, I have stepped it up a gear and increased my article target to 150 instead of 100.

This morning, I decided to try seven days of full…


From $5 per month to $1,000 per month in two months

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In February I made just over $1,000 on Medium, this was my first $1000 month on the platform. Just two months ago, I was making between $4 and $5 per month. If you are reading this hoping for some magic bullet, fairy dust method of making money on Medium, you might as well click out now. I don’t have a special potion or perfectly laid out strategy, I just did a few things differently and I witnessed massive growth.

I earned just over $100 in January, and that was my first $100 month. February was my first $1000 month and…

Abena D

I write about Health, Wealth, Race and other things. Founder Pink Intrigue + Freshlight Media. Author of 'Delve'

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