Love During Lockdown: A story about Sex, Love, and COVID-19

I want to give in to the Love Spell that was influenced by this deadly disease, and thinking of it like that even makes me want him even more. We have grown closer and became a constant support to each other during this hard time. And it makes me wonder if true love can blossom during a pandemic? Continue reading Love During Lockdown: A story about Sex, Love, and COVID-19

NOLA Book Review: Jason Lee ~ God Must Have Forgotten About Me

Written by Guest Blogger Trechelle Tranese I am a firm believer that nothing in our lives happens by chance or mere coincidences. We all are placed on these divinely guided paths that transform us all into who we are truly meant to be on this journey I call life. I had the opportunity to meet Jason at his book signing in Harvey, LA. As I … Continue reading NOLA Book Review: Jason Lee ~ God Must Have Forgotten About Me

Jason Lee of Hollywood UnLocked racially profiled at MSY Airport-New Orleans day after inspiring and motivating fans at his book signing

Media mogul, entrepreneur, personality, and iHeart Radio’s Jason Lee was in Harvey, LA (a suburb of Jefferson Parish and a 20-minute drive from New Orleans) on Wednesday night for the release of his inspirational new book titled, GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME was racially profiled or as some call it traveling while black as he waited for his plane at the MSY Airport-New Orleans … Continue reading Jason Lee of Hollywood UnLocked racially profiled at MSY Airport-New Orleans day after inspiring and motivating fans at his book signing

Jason Lee Bears It All in His New Unapologetic Memoir “GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” Book Tour in New Orleans

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been granted the opportunity to interview media mogul, entrepreneur, personality and iHeart Radio’s, Jason Lee about the release of his newly inspirational book titled, ”GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” at his book signing on January 21st, 2020 at Barnes and Noble on New Orleans West Bank. His book hit the bookstores and on all digital platforms on … Continue reading Jason Lee Bears It All in His New Unapologetic Memoir “GOD MUST HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME” Book Tour in New Orleans

Thanksgiving Cooking & Girl Talk with NOLA Chic & DaTwist Mastr: New Orleans Stuffed Bell Peppers & The No’s of Potato Salad

I know some of yall Old School Cooks have your tables set🍽, pies and cakes 🥮🥧in the oven, seasonings chopped, turkey 🦃soaking in a brine or injected with some flavorful concoction and praying So-So doesn’t realize his “Lil Taste” in his/her cup has been watered down🥃😂🤣 Last year Jelahn and I went LIVE as I cooked a small meal for us and all of you … Continue reading Thanksgiving Cooking & Girl Talk with NOLA Chic & DaTwist Mastr: New Orleans Stuffed Bell Peppers & The No’s of Potato Salad

My NOLA Life: Teen Mom to Successful Entrepreneur

I never looked back over my life and said “I made it from being a teen mom, pregnant at 16, then again at 17 and my road to entrepreneurship. I just kept getting up after every time some situation or someone pushed me down. Some times it was harder to get myself up out of my pit of despair. when I hit rock bottom it was actually my children who were my light, they help dig me out. And since feeling the cold hard ground upon my skin it’s my kids whose words of encouragement keep me from falling back in.  There’s nothing like having a tiny human being cheering you on and I owe so much to them. Continue reading My NOLA Life: Teen Mom to Successful Entrepreneur

Naturally Growing Freedom: A Hair Story

Guest Blogger: Tamara Prosper https://buildbalance.home.blog/ My mother has been wearing her hair short and natural for as long as I can remember. As a child she had long, curly hair – enviable to some, but a source of pain and frustration to her. As an adult she found it much easier to style and detangle when she wore it short. She allowed it to grow … Continue reading Naturally Growing Freedom: A Hair Story

My Nola Life: Growing up Tall, Dark-Skinned with Nappy Hair

The issues I had with being defined as “Dark and Ugly” came from people outside our family in the beginning. I was darker one in my family and if subconsciously and if possible in the womb I knew the prettiest girls were lighter with so-called good hair and not girls who looked like me. I wouldn’t truly understand that being dark-skinned with nappy hair meant something bad and ugly until I started school. My short afro puff ponytails were mocked and ridiculed along with my chocolate-colored skin. This would be the beginning of a long journey of questioning who I was, searching for validation, depression all because I was trained to believe that the color of my skin and texture of my hair wasn’t good enough or acceptable, which in turn made me worthless to the world so I thought.

Being the tallest, darkest and nappiest girl was difficult, but it got better, much better. It was like one day I went to the mirror on the wall and she responded, “Girl, the dark-skinned, nappy-headed tall girls are IN! You made it Sista, you are now included in the most beautiful of them all!” I am a Swan now and I have been basking in my lil pond celebrating Me without splashing water on my haters. I actually let them swim with me!

Seriously though, I believe it’s because we became aware of what we were doing to each other. We realized that we fell for the hype of European beauty standards that we allowed it to divide us for years.  Continue reading My Nola Life: Growing up Tall, Dark-Skinned with Nappy Hair

Nola Chic in Chicago: Big & little’s Restaurant Review

As you all know I have been craving New Orleans cuisine, well let’s just say I been wanting some good food with lots of flavors here in Chicago. My sister and I decided to go into the city for an early dinner and in a Google search, we found an urban restaurant with Nola inspired offerings, Big & little’s located in what was the Cabrini … Continue reading Nola Chic in Chicago: Big & little’s Restaurant Review