After avoiding it for nearly two years, I finally watched the documentary Dark Girls. I’d been putting it off because I didn’t want to get upset. I didn’t want to watch something that would only remind me of the strong impact colorism has had in my world. Even now when I type my own name into a Google search, the option “Nikia Phoenix race” appears. Wow! That’s something people actually look up. I know who I am. I know where I come from. Sure, my complexion may have you confused. Those freckles probably throw you for a loop. But my super kinky hair is an obvious indicator of my African roots. The subject of Black hair is another conversation that we’ll save for later. Let’s get back to skin. READ MORE

A few months ago someone left mean comments about me on Instagram. That particular episode concerned my body. This new one concerns my face. Next thing I know, the photo was gone and the conversation was deleted. Guess what? It’s not over.
I've been searching for something that works as an anti-aging treatment and still allows my natural skin to shine without feeling weighed down. Did I mention you can use it on your body too? This Naked Skin stuff may just be the golden ticket.

It’s sandal weather. I hope you’ve got your pretty little feet ready for opened-toed shoes and jeweled sandals. Oh, you don’t! Let me guess, the last time you got a pedicure was Labor Day 2013. Shame on you. Aaaaaa! Just the sight of your feet would make a grown man scream. The layers of dead skin and calluses are probably so thick that you don’t even know what your feet look like anymore. Stop the insanity! We’ve got to do something about this fast. You can either go to a nail salon and watch the manicurist make weird faces while she’s working on your crusty toes, or you can take control and fix this at home. Save yourself the embarrassment and try a foot mask. READ MORE

Mondays can't possibly be bad for everyone, can they? Do billionaires and royalty dread this day too? From personal experience, the first step to tackling a Monday is actually having a weekend.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. To all the mean girls and boys who thought it was ok to talk sh*t about my body, this one's for you.
You have to be able to make fun of yourself. We are constantly being judged based on our appearances and it's difficult not to take that criticism to heart. To get through the hard times, sometimes, you've just got to laugh.

When I say “juice” what immediately comes to mind? Apple, orange, or even grape? That’s kid stuff. I’m talking about the healthy juice. No sugar added, not from concentrate and that definitely does not mean Juicy Juice — the original Juicy J before there ever was a rapping Juicy J. This is about sipping on that good stuff — kale, beets, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mint, and lime. READ MORE





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