Friday, June 5, 2020

How It Feels to Be Black in America Right Now



I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to practice activism. I’m encouraged to see white people posting on social media even if they get it wrong. I don’t want to villianize people for saying the wrong thing when it’s important to just say something and to signal “I’m with you!” I oscillate between feeling like Black people don’t owe anyone anything right now besides preserving our mental health and living to fight another day because it’s exhausting and overwhelming and also confusing when what so many people are articulating is how we have felt for years. But I do think that it’s important that our voices are part of the conversation, so I plan to continue to share content about how I’m feeling and processing what’s going on, people/accounts that I follow that may be instructive or entertaining and how I’m coping (#happyhouroclock) because it seems to either resonate with people who are trying to articulate the same thoughts and feelings or enlightening for those who are starting at square one. But, just because this is my manner of coping doesn’t mean it’s your place to ask for more than what I or other black people are prepared to give.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Black Culture 101

I’m cautiously optimistic about the sustained fervor of social media posts in favor of #blacklivesmatter and anti racism.  We’re seeing influencers and companies who historically shy away from politics because they fear isolating a consumer base that does not agree with them post to affirm that black lives matter. Granted, this is the bare f*cking minimum, and I can’t help but wonder what took so long.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

My Evolution to Becoming an Intuitive Eater

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been self-conscious about my body.  As women, we’ve been programmed from an early age to see ourselves as a canvas for self-improvement.  It’s reinforced by headlines on women’s magazines that characterize fat as something that needs to be torched and shedding for the wedding hashtags that suggest our slimmest self is our best self.  There’s always a subtle reminder that you’re only ten pounds away from the perfect life. Just ask Jennifer Hudson who revealed to Self Magazine that the most important accomplishment in her life was weight loss, rather than her Oscar.  I cringe at the pervasiveness of the pursuit of conventional beauty standards.

Image from Vogue

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Why I Didn’t March in the Women’s March

Inspired by a high school classmate who encourages regular “Twitter purges,” the releasing of tweets in draft status to one’s timeline to reveal our true selves, often dissociated from the Internet avatars we feel compelled to keep up, I’ve decided to release of a series of articles that I wrote several years ago, but never pushed publish on.  My hope is to live up to the name of the blog “Otis Unfiltered” by publishing more unfiltered content.


When my mom asked if I participated in the Women’s March, I hesitantly said no.  I felt a sense of guilt for not partaking in one of the largest single-day protests in United States history, one in which many of my close friends participated, one in which hundreds of thousands of women traveled to Washington D.C. to demonstrate their civil rights.  While I struggled to articulate why at that moment, time has provided clarity.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Weekly Web Roundup

Inspired by the Man Repeller's "the best of the Internet" and Cupcake and Cashmere's "Links I Love," I'm bringing you six of my favorite articles, gifs and videos from the week.  I hope you find the links as equally inspiring and thought provoking as I have.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

6 Podcasts That Hooked Me on Podcasts

Podcasts are the undeniable breakout star of 2017.   Once upon a time, podcasts belonged to a specific subset of the Internet with a niche cult following like subreddits and the black Twittersphere.  Sure, there was the breakout hit Serial that permeated the earwaves for a few weeks in 2014, but it certainly wasn’t standard dinner party conversation to talk about what podcasts, plural, that you’re listening to.



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The 5 Fall Trends I Want Now


Recently, clickbait headlines like "How to Dress Like Gigi Hadid" and "The It Bag You Need Now" have not resonated with me.  I want to look like myself and not a carbon copy of what a Vogue editor deems worthy.  If that were the case, I'd tell you to run to the nearest department store, or wherever people are shopping these days, and scoop up head to toe red, the Cult Gaia bag that's probably flooding your Instagram and sock boots (looks I do like with full disclosure).
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