“Specialized in foreign & domestic” – this sign for Joe’s Auto Repair in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is what first sparked the idea for this blog post in my mind. “Am I foreign or domestic?”, I thought. What defines me to be foreign or domestic? Is it because I wasn’t born here the reason I’m foreign, or […]
“You’re a man”, I thought, and then I let it go. “You’re so strong, so powerful”, I thought, and then I let it go. “You’re supposed to act with vigor and virility, you’re a man”, I thought, and then I let it go. “You’re supposed to lead, and I follow, you’re a man”, I thought, […]
“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me” – William Shakespeare This quote captioning a well orchastrated picture would be the exact thing that would earn me some Instagram clout. Now my life is valid, now it has value, now that it has been seen… This thought has been haunting me […]
Being a misfit had always been a feeling way too familiar to me. And over the years I’d had more than my fair share of emotional battles attempting to conquer it, to fit in. At first I would ask myself why – why am I so different, so ambiguous, so confused. Then I began accepting […]
Do We Have No Choice?
This week’s New Yorker hosts a compelling read by journalist, Ben Taub, titled We Have No Choice. It is a story of young Nigerian girl, Blessing, and her journey from Benin City to Europe. The article covers so many topics. or should I say inhuman situations – human trafficking, prostitution, refugee conditions, smuggling, violence, blackmail […]
What’s Better than The New York Times?
A blog maybe? Better yet – an authentic blog. Something you’ll hear me say often is, “We live in an era of inauthentic authenticity.” I truly believe this – Everyone knows how to be politically correct, to say the ‘right’ things, to get the ‘right’ attention, or rather saying things that tap into the buzz […]