May 8th, 2019 – My 28th Birthday

In the days leading up to my birthday I feel like I finally realized I consciously wanted to slow-down. Lately it feels like I have been moving a mile a minute, and while that’s not a bad thing, the last thing I want is for any part of my life to feel like a blur.…

Read More

#JCarChats | Inspiration, Dreams + God

 

Read More

#JCarReads | Next Year in Havana

“To be in exile is to have the things you love most in the world – the air you breath, the earth you walk upon – taken from you. They exist on the other side of a wall – there and not – unaltered by time and circumstance, preserved in a perfect memory in a…

Read More

#JCarReads | Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community. I hope that my being real with you will help empower…

Read More

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this?

Perhaps you were born for such a time as this? In the story of Esther in the bible, this question is posed, and it’s truly one that captivates my soul. Perhaps you were born for such a time as this? Have you ever thought of that? What are the chances of you, one, even being…

Read More

#JCarReads | The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is a story about a young girl, Starr, experiencing and going through the death of her best friend Khalil. At the time of Khalil’s death, Starr found herself in his car with him bearing witness to police shooting him while unarmed. This story is a representation of the countless deaths that…

Read More

Unexplainable Pain – Origins, Effects, Outcomes

Does your heart ever hurt and you don’t even know why. You literally just, don’t know. Sometimes I feel that, a slight pain in my heart that I question every now and again. I wonder what it means, where it comes from, what its purpose is. I usually don’t get any real answers though. (Sigh).…

Read More

#JCarReads | Promise Me, Dad

Joe Biden, wow. I’m quite honestly not even sure where to start. The man he is, the character he’s built, the heart that he carries….I just get blown away, each and every time. I pre-ordered his book, Promise me, Dad, as soon as I saw it was getting released on audible because I couldn’t wait…

Read More

Hair Care Routine for Curly Hair

My hair care routine is something that is constantly evolving. I absolutely love hair care, if you haven’t noticed by now, so all of this is super fun for me. I don’t really view it as a chore. I love trying new products and switching up my processes and steps to see what works best…

Read More

#JCarReads | The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success

I just want to start by saying that I love DeVon Franklin. He’s a soulful inspiration to me, and after this book he is one of my aspirational mentors. This book is a great read and the best way I can try to share some of its glory is to give short snippets by chapter.…

Read More

#JCarReads | Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

This memoir, all about Taraji baby is such a delight. It’s honestly an awesome story about a strong black woman, who has risen to success, battled to stay true to herself and has come out on the other side. So many battles, so many desires to not be put in a box or labeled showed…

Read More

#JCarReads | The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

Y’all, this book was unique for sure! If you want a true account of what a man like Gucci Mane’s life was like, this is a must-read. Personally, I haven’t been one to follow Gucci’s career and I am not too familiar with his back-in-the-day music or story. That meant that for me, this book…

Read More

#JCarReads | We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories

I just want to say, when I saw that Gabrielle Union had released a book my heart got excited. I don’t know what it is about her, her fierceness, her latest portrayal of Mary Jane, or her Bring it On performance that made me excited to read what she had to say. After reading her…

Read More

A21 – Walk for Freedom

Beautiful People, I am so very excited that this year I will be participating in the 4th annual Walk For Freedom on October 14 for A21. The #WalkForFreedom is a global event to raise awareness and funds for the fight against human trafficking.  This means a lot to me because one, I really profoundly am…

Read More

Farewell Letter to NYC

New York, my dear New York. I fell in love with you when I was 13 years old and I can still remember my dreams of you unfolding with every passing year. We were always meant to be. I truly believe God put a yearning for you in my heart very early on, and that…

Read More