The joys and pains of moving to a new city alone

Moving to a new city is stressful, even more so when you do it alone. I've heard people say "you can reinvent yourself" or "you get a clean slate" but for me, I want to be the same person wherever I go. To me, having a clean slate means having to start all over again…

How being black in Phoenix made me love my culture more

In a city full of 1,626,078 people only 108,846 are Black or African American. In the county, Maricopa, where all major cities including Phoenix settle in there's 4.24 million people and only 221,266 are Black or African American. I spent 30 years of my life growing up in Atlanta, a city that's full of 486,290…

Rain is rare in Phoenix, enjoy it while you can

I woke up this morning, sat on the wooden stool on the back porch of my house and just watched the rain fall. It rarely rains in Arizona, outside of monsoon season. The temperature has dropped to a perfect 57 degrees. Cold water filled my chest as I crunched on a piece of ice. No…

Best beauty supply stores in Phoenix for black hair care

The struggle to find hair care products for my hair in Phoenix has been stressful. When moving from the east coast to the west, there's A LOT to adjust to including the weather and the culture of the area. "It's a dry heat" EVERYONE and their mom told me. What they didn't tell me was…

10 tips for moving across the country

Originally from Atlanta I recently moved from "Tha A" to North Carolina, now I'm living in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some tips I have if you plan to move across the country.   1. Get your credit score up.   When I moved to North Carolina in 2015 it was similar to living in Georgia.…