Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Reflections

This year started off different from the previous five. In Jan of 2012 I had my goals written out and was determined to achieve them all. I spent the beginning half of this year preparing for my cross country move. Saving money, selling things in my apartment, and Closing A Chapter of my life that should have been closed years prior.

Monday, December 24, 2012

You Should Be Listening To: Charly and Margaux

Not much to say about Charly and Margaux as their skills
tell it all. They can be seen playing at various bus and 
train spots throughout NYC.  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How Do I Pray For The Families of Sandy Hook?

There are things mommies aren't ever supposed to find.
They aren't supposed to find themselves in a firehouse frantically looking for their child. They aren't supposed to find their child’s name on a list of those who won’t be coming home. They aren't supposed to find a dress to wear to their child’s funeral.
They aren't supposed to turn their calendar and find a date circled for the birthday party they were supposed to be planning next month. The one that won’t be.
Or walk to the mailbox and find their child’s dentist appointment reminder card. The receptionist forgot to pull that one out.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas, Not Xmas

Every time Christmas comes around I get annoyed when people use the abbreviation Xmas instead of spelling out CHRISTmas.

I did research on where this abbreviation came from and this is what I found:

The first letter of the word Xmas was not originally an X as we use it in the English language; what looks like an X is actually the English representation of the Greek letter Chi, χ, the first letter of the word Χριστός, meaning Christ. 

The letter Chi "χ" can also stand alone to represent the word Christ, so Xmas therefore literally translates as Christ-mas and that is how it should be pronounced, never as ex-mass. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Black or Latino?

This past Sunday CNN aired "Who Is Black In America," which I feel was very
necessary. As someone that can identify with this topic, I wanted to share a few
videos and articles that I saw this week. 

Including my personal essay on this topic: Soy Afro- Panameña.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Finally, A Good TV Show

If you haven't watched ABC's Thursday night series Scandal, you are definitely
missing out. The show is filled with twists and turns that you'd never think were coming. 
It's excellently written and really keeps your attention, week after week.
And Kerry Washington does a great job in her leading role as Olivia Pope.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Material Girl: Knuckle Rings

My new favorite thing is knuckle rings. I ordered some a while ago and forgot
all about wearing them. But the other day I discovered them in my jewelry box 
and have been wearing them ever since.

I love the look of these rings and the fact that they 
look good with regular rings too. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Where's The Compassion?

Compassion: is the virtue of empathy for the suffering of others.

This past Monday, a man was pushed onto a Subway track in NYC and was killed by an oncoming train. A photographer happened to be there when the man was pushed. He tried to pull the man up off the track but was not strong enough. So he used his camera flash to try to get the train conductor's attention. In the midst of that, the photographer captured images of the man on the track, facing the oncoming train.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Be Healthy: Fruit and Vegetable Blend

Every month I post a "Be Healthy" topic and provide information on how different fruits are beneficial to 
your body. Well blending them can also be helpful. Plus it's an easy was to incorporate 
fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.

Recently I heard Dr. Oz say its best to consume fruits and vegetables in the morning, before you
eat anything else. So it's probably best to do this in the morning.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I Declare!

If I were to put together a list of all the books I'd recommend to people, this book would be #1 on the list. My mom sent me this book last month and I can honestly say I learned stuff that will stick with me for the rest of my life. The book is meant to last for a month, with 31 different things to read each day.

The book teaches you how to speak to your situations and obstacles. The things Joel teaches in the
book are based on what God did in the Bible. In Genesis after He formed the world, God said
"Let there be light." Just as God spoke to the situation we have to speak to our situations too.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

It's Tradition

Tradition: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.

My parent's generation was the first to come to the United States from Panama. When my generation was growing up my Mother and my Aunts started teaching us about our culture and where we come from. One thing we did was perform traditional Panamanian Tipico dances.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adjusting To My New Surroundings

So I have been in NYC (Brooklyn) for a little over a month now and I have mixed reviews. I defiantly love it and am still happy with my decision to move here. But I am so accustom to California standards. NYC is an old place, and is far from what I know as normal, so feeling comfortable is going to take some time.

Being the Cali girl that I am, sandals are my favorite things to wear. But since the day I left California I have not had the pleasure of wearing any. Adjusting to wearing closed toe shoes has been kind of weird. So I'll patiently wait for summer to roll around so I can sport my sandals again.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Wedding Ceremony

When it comes to a wedding people, well maybe I should say Women, get so caught up in the glamour and the expense of the wedding ceremony that they don't take the time to really learn about the symbolism of the act they plan to engage in.

There is so much more to this wedding stuff. It's more than just a white dress and a big ring, cute bridesmaid dresses and a fun reception. I think marriage has become very casual. Many people enter into it already acknowledging that if the marriage doesn't work, they can end it with a divorce.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Representando: Pollera

The dictionary defines "pollera" as a long, full skirt with many gathers. We commonly use "pollera" to mean any full skirt. As history and paintings clearly demonstrate, this style of skirt has been found in the women's dress of Europe since time immemorial. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Be Healthy: Pears

The pear is a sweet fruit that is said to be related to the apple. Its size is about that of an apple with several seeds in the core, like an apple. Unlike apples though, most pear varieties have paper-thin skins which are not easy to peel. The skins vary in color¾yellow, green, brown, red, or a combination of any of these colors.

The light color flesh of pears is juicy, sweet and usually mild. Its texture is soft and buttery and some varieties have grainy flesh. We usually think of pear as bell-shaped, but some varieties are shaped almost like a rounded apple.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

It's A Free Country

Since actress Stacey Dash has announced her support for Mitt Romney she has experienced plenty of backlash from people via Twitter. Mostly because she is a Black women, who is NOT voting to re-elect our Black President.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman
By: Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

You Should Be Listening To: Mary Mary

I miss the Mary Mary reality show. I think these women set a great example of 
how to balance a career, and kids. But the thing I loved most about the show was
 how the ladies handled their relationships with their husbands. 
Their marriages seemed so genuine and real.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Three white kids at a high school in New York thought it would be funny to paint their faces black and reenact the Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic violence incident.  
Here is the full story.

This is situation is wrong on so many levels. But what gets me is the fact that white people
 continue to paint their faces black and think it's funny.
I don't know if people even understand why this is offensive.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

What's In A Name?

For some women taking their husband's last name is an automatic move once their married. And for other women it's important that they keep their own last name. So then I ask, What's in a name? Well a name is very important. Not just a first name, but a last name too. 

When I was younger I always said when I got married I would never change my last name. For no other reason than the fact that I'm use to my first and last name TOGETHER. 
I don't have a middle name so these two names are all I have. 
And the thought of me being Tamika ______ (fill in the blank) seemed so weird to me. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

You Should Be Listening To: Nasir Jones

Not really much to say about this guy. His music has been pretty consistent 
from 1994 when he released "Illmatic."
Yea there have been a few songs that missed the mark,
but as a Hip Hop fan, I feel Nas has always
bounced back.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Be Healthy: Strawberries

Through spending money on fad diets and pharmaceutical drugs, you will undoubtedly find that one of the best ways to stay healthy is just by looking to nature. For instance, the strawberry is an innocuous looking fruit, but it has numerous health benefits that can serve to help you fight disease and conquer your struggling health. For starters, strawberries are quite rich in fiber. Fiber enables digestion to work properly, which is essential for proper immune function. After all, your gut health has been repeatedly linked to everything from obesity to mental illness. In addition, fiber can also reduce overeating and lead to healthy fat loss.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Honey Boo Boo

I watched one episode of this show and was so uninterested. But this post is not about my opinion of the show. Recently when I was listening to The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne said something that stuck out to me. He said if Honey Boo Boo's family was Black, Black people would be 
petitioning and would be upset to see our race depicted on TV in this manner. And he is absolutely right. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Representando: El Cristo Negro

The Black Christ of Portobelo is a powerful influence in Panama

Nobody knows exactly how or when the Black Christ (El Cristo Negro) arrived in the tiny community of Portobelo on Panama’s Caribbean coast. Some put the date at around 1658. But the stories of miracles surrounding the eight-foot wooden statue of the Black Christ are enough to overwhelm the village with tens of thousands of pilgrims every October 21.

Some walk the 53 miles from Panama City, thousands walk the last 22 miles from Sabanitas, and many crawl the last mile on hands and knees to worship before El Nazareno, one of the names given to the Black Christ by locals. Many wear ornate purple robes that are discarded at midnight on the steps of the church in which the statue is now housed, Iglesia San Felipe. The robes announce that the wearer is responding to a divine command, doing penance for wrongdoing, or simply making an expression of faith.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Sad Reality

I really have no words for this picture. It's just sad that this is the world we live in. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Does This Make Black People Look Bad?

Earlier today four suspects robbed a bank and lead offices on a wild high speed pursuit that ended in South Los Angeles. If you live in LA then you know these highway pursuits are the norm. There have actually been several in the last couple of days, including one that ended with gunfire in Downtown LA last night.

But today's pursuit ended differently than I've ever seen. Once the suspects got off the freeway and entered the South LA area, they rode through neighborhoods tossing the stolen money out to citizens on the streets. And since many local LA news channels were broadcasting the pursuit live, more and more people came outside to see if they could get some of the money. People actually put their lives in danger for a chance at getting some money because the suspects was driving very fast through residential areas.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ugh, Attention Seekers!

So apparently I'm late on this story but the other day I learned about a lady who claimed to have survived the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. It blows my mind to know that someone would use such a tragic event to gain attention. Here is the story:

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Be Healthy: Mango

Below are the numerous health and nutrition benefits of eating mangoes:
  1. Anti cancer: The phenols in mangoes, such as quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes, have cancer-preventing capacities. Mango is also high in a soluble dietary fiber known as pectin. Scientist have identified a strong link between eating lots of fiber and a lower risk of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. A cup of sliced mangoes (around 165 gram) contain 76 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which helps protect cells from free radical damage and reduces risk of cancer.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Determination: The quality of being determined to do or achieve something; 
Deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature. 

Yesterday I saw this news report, Homeless Man hands out resume. This man is homeless and is looking for work. Instead of just sitting around and feeling sorry for himself he is putting extra effort into his job search by handling out his resume to people driving in Downtown L.A.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

"B*tch Bad, Woman Good, Lady Better"

We can always count on Lupe Fiasco to give us the real. 
His message in this song is so relevant and necessary.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Forgiving Celebrities

In light of the recent domestic situation with Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson I started to think about all the celebrities that have been caught up in bad situations and the how we overlook their behavior because we love their music or are entertained by their talents.

Monday, August 13, 2012

"Smudge On The Window"

I am not your average girl, lady, women, female friend, lover, student. 
Nor do I hold a common dialogue spoken with every days words or slang. 
For I am the word unmentioned but I am the title that titles like 
girl, lady, women, and females friends inspire to be. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Colorado vs. Wisconsin

For those that know me personally you know that I am all about treating people equally and fair. So since Sunday this has been on my mind heavy...

I first heard about the Temple shooting in Wisconsin via twitter and I immediately starting flipping through the TV channels to get the full story. I figured because it was mid-day, on a Sunday that I probably wouldn't see any news stories until later that night; which I did.

But the coverage was short and to the point and then the news cast moved on to other stories of the day. It left me thinking, "Is that it? Six people are dead and the FBI is referring to the case as 'Domestic Terrorism' and the news only talks about it for 2 mins."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Be Healthy: Pineapple

The Health Benefits of Pineapple seem endless. You might know pineapple as a canned fruit that come in various slices. In reality, pineapple is a fruit composed of many flowers. The fruits of each flower circle around a single core; each fruit is characterized by a spiny part which we sometimes call as eyes.

Children from tropical countries know what a pineapple looks like. This is because the fruit grow best in humid climate and is readily available almost whole year round. For others, pineapple is just a simple canned fruit – or better yet a fruit shaped like Sponge Bob’s house.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Wait! What?!?!

Please read this first Dear Sistas, Give Gabby's Hair A Break and then you will understand my rant:

Are people really commenting on a 16-year-old girl's hair texture? I love my people, but sometimes I really can't with y'all. Gabby's hair looks fine. When I first starting seeing her, I never once thought anything about her hair. So I was literally shocked when I started seeing the negative comments on Twitter.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hating Your Own

There has always been and will always be the never ending battle over Black men dating White women. It's something I constantly read about on Twitter. And yesterday was no different when @officallyice twitted out his 10 Reasons Black Guys Prefer White Girls. This list had "Black Twitter" buzzing for hours.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stand For Something

While being interviewed by a Christian website, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy had this to say:
“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

My opinion on this not about what the President of the company had to say, but it's more so about him taking a stand for what he believes, rather than giving a response that would please the masses. I feel we live in a society where most people go with the flow and sway with the wind just so they wont ruffle any feathers.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

"I Believe"

I believe
That wisdom is admitting
That you don’t know everything
That the answers to life’s questions
Are hidden in the stories
Of our elders

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Representando: Reggaeton!

The first Reggae recordings in Latin America were made in Panama in the mid-1970s. A large number of Jamaican immigrants, brought in to build the Panama Canal, brought Reggae music with them and introduced it to the local population. Nando Boom is considered one of the first raggamuffin deejays from Panama. Without Panamanian ragga deejays like El General reggaeton would never have caught on. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

7 Principles of An Eagle

By: Dr. Myles Monroe

Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and not with sparrows or mix with other smaller birds.
Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle. Eagles fly with eagles. Never in a flock. Even when Moses (Old Testament Bible) went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills. Stay away from sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.

Eagles have strong vision, which focuses up to 5 kilometers from the air.
When an eagle sites prey- even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Closing A Chapter

For the last six years of my life I have worked at a job that I was less than trilled about. It was my first job out of college so of course I took it, having had no idea the ups and downs I would face. I was on a roller coaster of emotions with it, at times putting plenty of energy into looking for a new job. To then feeling trapped and destined to stay at the job for the rest of my life.

There were so many times I would cry to my mother, begging her to let me just come home and live with her and my dad until I found a job I enjoyed. My mother never once told me I could not come back home. But always recommended that I stay at my job and get through it because it would build my character. Hearing this at that time didn't make me feel better at all. But I decided to stay at the job because I had bills to pay. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Be Healthy: Bananas

Bananas are a great food for all round health benefits. For the average person, dieter or even athletes, bananas may provide greater benefits than most fruits. The combination of carbohydrates and B vitamins present in a banana helps provide an energy boost.

This fruit comes in yellow, green, and red varieties and has been proven to have a number of medicinal benefits:

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Stagnantlack of development, advancement, or progressive movement.

Lately I've noticed I am finding myself moving away from certain
people in my life who seem to be in a stagnant place. Not to say that I 
am looking down on anyone, but surrounding myself with people
who have goals and a purpose has become very important. 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

"Wounded Heart"

Cripple not my soul for assuming you cared for me as much as I cared for you. 
For I expect nothing but equal treatment in a world that is unbalanced and unequal.

Your motives are only satisfactory to ones self, leaving me under nourished. 
As I attempt not to beg for your affection, my heart is influenced by hurt.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Be Healthy: Ginger

People have been using ginger for centuries. Ginger was originally found in Asia. It is a root that is now grown in other parts of the world. There are reports that Jamaica started exporting ginger in the 1500's.

It has been said to help provide relief for conditions as diverse as asthma, painful menstruation, migraines, indigestion and infection and is said to promote vitality and longevity. The health benefits of ginger include the following:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father Your Daughters

"Women's childhood relationships with their father are important to them all their lives. Regardless of age or status, women who seem clearest about their goals and most satisfied with their lives and persona and family relationships usually remember that their fathers enjoyed them and were actively interested in their development." - Stella Chess

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Me & Hip Hop

Absolutely nothing compares to the feeling you get when you hear or see something new, and in its early stages. The infinite possibilities of where that new thing can go and lead to is something that can get pondered for days. These were the feelings I experiences as I started to embrace Hip Hop music. I started paying attention to the art form when I was in middle school. That was when cable TV introduced Brother and I to Joe Claire and Big Lez of BET's "Rap City." Which later lead to me subscribing to the Source magazine and learning more about the culture.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Here's my rant...

So one thing that really annoys me is when people are ignorant about race issues. I mean I get that everyone doesn't know everything, but in my opinion when you don't know about certain stuff you should keep your mouth shut. Or ask legitimate questions so you can learn.

What am I talking about you ask? I am talking about the fact that people don't even try to understand the difference between race and ethnicity. Yes I am black, and by the way, YES I am of Latin descent. And YES, it is possible to be both.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Role Models

This is the June/July 2012 cover of Vibe magazine. I'm not going to bash these Women because that happens everyday, on all kinds of different blogs. But I did want to write something about the headline on the cover, "Meet Your New Role Models." I do watch all the reality shows that each of these women are on and I take the shows as entertainment for the hour and then I move on with my life. But that is me speaking as a 29 year old woman, without any children.

But this magazine cover made me think, if I had a little girl how would I feel about her looking at these ladies behavior every week on television? Would my daughter understand the difference between entertainment and real life? Would my daughter think the way they handle certain situations is how she should?