The Life

Jada, the Oscars, & The Artist’s Recognition

It's been less than a week since the Academy Awards announced its nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards last Thursday, January 14.  But it didn't take long for fans to notice the glaring lack of diversity: For the second year in a row, there were no people of color nominated for Academy Awards in any of… Continue reading Jada, the Oscars, & The Artist’s Recognition

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Hello 2016!

Self-control is the ability to control one's emotions, behavior, and desires in the face of external demands, to function in society. In psychology it is sometimes called self-regulation, although that is itself a somewhat broader concept. -A super-quick Google search I am now able to admit this publicly: I lack self-control. This finally hit home… Continue reading Hello 2016!

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C. Zellars-Shareef Creations

The Blaxican Chronicles

When one of my closest friends/cohort in Chicago was wanting to get back to her love of photography for Spring 2016- I was excited for two reasons. One I love to take pictures (if not obvious from how I choose to document/share my life), but enjoy being on the other side of the lens as well 2. I did not know this was a passion of a wonderful woman who I have come to grow and love living in this city. If anything it just proves to me there’s always hidden passion projects/facets to my friends I still have yet to learn.

My boyfriend who I have shared a long distance relationship with for the better part of 2015 was visiting for the holidays and I decided to combine Courtney’s need to practice her skill set with my desire of wanting to memorialize our 2015 in a cute way. So…

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The Life

Published: Spaces of Possibility

I co-authored an essay that was published on World Trust's website!  I'm not sure if that makes me an official freelancer now or...???  But an excerpt is below and the entire piece can be read at the link at the bottom!! Spaces of Possibility: Building Radically Open Classrooms Allows for Organic Dialogue about Race, Power,… Continue reading Published: Spaces of Possibility


Young Adults Mingle at 28 Days of Networking

On Saturday, Feb. 28, Chicago's young adults mixed and mingled at 28 Days of Networking, hosted by Taylor Robinson and Vickee Yang at Exact Publicity in downtown Chicago. The event was organized by The Social Club and DJ'd by DJ Kimani.  It included performances by R&B singer Chesley Krischelle, guitarist Ducky, poet Jasmine Cambry, soul… Continue reading Young Adults Mingle at 28 Days of Networking

The Books

Reaping the Rewards of Close Reading

The very first day of my Critical Reading and Writing: Short Story Writers class last semester, my teacher had us read "Close Reading," the first chapter from Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer, and "Good Readers and Good Writers" by Vladimir Nabokov.  My courses stressed the importance of "reading closely," -- like a writer, not a… Continue reading Reaping the Rewards of Close Reading

My Reading List

Where In the World Have I Been?

I don't believe I've written a post since last MAY!!! What an eventful span of time it's been.  My computer went on the fritz.  Geek Squad estimated it would cost $300+ to fix.  So  I stopped using it, relying solely on my phone for the internet.  Then, one day I decided to turn my laptop… Continue reading Where In the World Have I Been?