It’s been a year guys. Let’s try to get something out of it.

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Like anyone else who has been fortunate enough to live through 2020, I am still in shock of what the last year has brought. Hearing March gives me a bit of PTSD and I can’t help but wonder what my life would be like if a global pandemic didn’t take place. As much as it was a tough year, there are many things we can take away from our experience to have an easier time going forward. …

In addition to having our worlds suddenly turned upside down from a pandemic, black people in America and around the world are dying at double rates from coronavirus and reminded that racism doesn’t stop during a global health crisis.

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I was working on this piece at the peak of the coronavirus cases in the Northeast when a lot of stories started to really break my heart. I could not believe that during a global pandemic, when the world needs to come together, that people had so much hate in their heart to continue treating black people terribly even though black…

Its an odd time for all of us so here are some tips to help you make the best of your “new normal.”

If you are a goal planner like me, you usually start the year off listing what you want to accomplish and experience some level of excitement of what the new year has to bring. But as we were making New Year’s Resolutions and celebrating the end of 2019, little did we know that the new age Roaring Twenties was currently brewing a deadly virus that would transform our everyday lives overnight.

For me, today is day 42 of the “new normal.” In the beginning of the pandemic, like the rest of the world, it was hard for me to comprehend…

While majority of black Americans tend to disagree with Trump, I wanted to understand the part of the community that still supports the President.

*This article was meant to be published February 2018 when the pitch was picked up by VICE. Since VICE decided to ultimately not publish I decided to publish it here.*

Not too long ago Kanye West shocked fans, Republicans, the black community, and the entire pop culture world when he tweeted a and confessed his love for . I mostly paid attention to responses from black people who, for the most part, were stunned considering this is the same Kanye who had no shame is saying that President George…

Maybe this is a unique story or maybe it’s just another path of a girl learning things in her 20s.

This time last year I felt like I was on top of the world. I was traveling with my best friend in China, just got a raise and a good review at work, and the relationship between the guy I was seeing was growing stronger. But 365 days later, none of those things would be relevant or prepare me for what was to come.

In May 2018, things seemed to be changing, but not for the good. My managers had left the company leaving me to manage myself for the next 8 months and the major media company I worked…

From the NFL’s response to protests, to its army of sexual assaulters, here’s why you should skip this year’s Super Bowl.

Today marks one of the biggest days for sports fans and maybe even one of the biggest days in American culture. Growing up, I always enjoyed watching football with my dad and had even more excitement when Super Sunday finally arrived. I truly enjoyed everything about the big game whether it be scarfing down nachos with my family, shushing others to hear the commercials or rooting for the Steelers to get their fifth ring. Like many Americans I enjoy the entertainment of the NFL, but this year was definitely an unusual year for the league.

For starters, this was the…

Spotlighting the Senate’s rising stars Kamala Harris and Cory Booker who also happen to be showing their #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy

During Black History Month its seems that we tend to recognize the same individuals from the past (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Fredrick Douglass and you know the rest.) Not throwing any shade at these groundbreaking leaders, but lets change it up a bit for the first black history month during the Trump era. …

What Do We Do When Congress Won’t Pick Up Our Calls?

Like many other Americans I find myself wanting to be more active in our government after this very long election that was filled with more hate and divide than usual. I have always been interested in the government and as much as people like to claim they “do not like politics,” the government obviously has an impact on our day-to-day decisions. Whether its the meat we choose for our bodega sandwich or how much money we pay for our contraceptives, the government can easily influence everything we do and…

Kia Swinton

Jersey girl in her 20s incorporating her love of politics, culture and media to citizens worldwide.

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