How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

first published on MEDIUM, October 3, 2017, LINK The Facts of Life, similar to a lot of 1980s television, conjures warm-hearted memories of adolescent shenanigans and those same characters learning life lessons after an impassioned sit-down with an elder. Unlike a lot of sitcoms of the decade, The Facts of Life’s cast was pre-teen and teen girls, who were guided by affable matriarch Mrs. Edna Garrett (played … Continue reading How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

I Was Eclipsin’ Like It Was 1979!

I could’ve sworn there was a solar eclipse sometime in the 1990s. To make sure my memory wasn’t completely failing me, I went to Google to expedite confirmation. A bunch of recognizable sources was listed on the results page and I chose Wikipedia (I know, I KNOW) because I needed some plain English explanation for my reasoning. Four years in the decade experienced celestial beauty in … Continue reading I Was Eclipsin’ Like It Was 1979!

THE GLAM DOWN: A Throwback to Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”

My first two years in New York, there was only one nail polish color that mattered and it was Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple.” When I finally got my hands on a bottle of it, I was still working at Topshop in Soho and I recall so well how a coworker (her name was Margeaux) stopped me after I dropped off clothes for the second floor … Continue reading THE GLAM DOWN: A Throwback to Essie’s “Mint Candy Apple”