Black Girl, Grad School

an amalgamation of personal politics, and my life as a Ph.D. candidate

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Knock Down the House: A Review

Posted on 2019-03-15

Please note that my review may include some spoilers. In terms of my recommendations, I give this documentary a 10/10– thus a “must see.” On March 6th I attended a viewing of “Knock Down the House” as part of the Miami Film Festival (#MFF) at Spotlight Cinema in Downtown Miami. Knock Down the House is a documentary written and directed by Rachel Lears, which follows the 2018 primary campaigns of four working class women who present challenges to politicians benefiting from the unfair structure of money in politics within their districts/state. Those women are Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Paula Jean Swearengin, and Amy Vilela all three of whom were backed by progressive organizations like Justice Democrats. The documentary itself feels very authentic and raw.…

PlannerCon 2018, San Francisco Weekend: Day 3

Posted on 2018-03-05

Sunday, March 4 On Sunday, I got a lot of sightseeing done! …Yes, I did skip out on my workshop session #4: Digital Tricks and Planning –because I questioned the type of practical advice I would be given. It also did not help that this workshop leader gave a speech on Saturday afternoon, and again on Sunday morning.  I was getting an overload from him it seemed. I did support his non-profit for Foster Youth– called Evolve U– on Friday night, and had a nice conversation with one of the Foster Youth. I also stayed for Sunday’s opening by Louise and got to hear Nicole Rixon from Sweet Stamp Shop speak. Her talk was amazing! She emphasized mentorship and reaching out to others to…

Finally, A (Healthy) Brunch Shop in South Florida!

Posted on 2018-02-25

For those that know me, brunch is my favorite meal to have on the weekends. It most likely has to do with the fact that I sleep in a lot longer on the weekends— with my preferred wake-up time being after 11am… although I do sometimes settle for 10am. When I wake up around this time, I do not care how close it is to noon (or even if it is noon by the time I’m finished with my morning duties), but I want breakfast food as an option. Nothing heavy, just my fruits, juice, and a pancake or waffle. Now, I live in “Miami,” and one may think that it should not be too hard for me to find brunch options—but it is.…

Call Me By Your Name (CMBYN). A Review

Posted on 2017-12-27

This past Saturday, on December 23rd, I went to see the movie Call Me By Your Name, at The Paris Theatre on W 58th St. My friends– new and long acquainted–and I had originally intended to go ice skating, but it rained and was cold all day on Saturday. So my newly acquainted friend recommended we go see this new movie at the theatre, and I am glad that we received this recommendation. It is very rare to get me to go and see a romance film, a drama film, and even rom-coms. But I LOVE a good film. So, from time to time, I find myself only interested in watching the three aforementioned genres above, if I feel like the movie will be really…

The [not so] Automatic Millionaire. A review…

Posted on 2017-12-12

One of the things that I liked about this book was that I was already doing much of what it advocated– and I’m not a millionaire. Hence, the ‘not so’ automatic nod in the title of my posting.

However, I have learned quite a bit of new things that I can also do, to practically improve my financial standing…