No Co-Signer Required

At the end of the day, we really don’t need a co-signer. We just need to be the first partaker in our dreams, goals, and action plans.

For the Love of Titi

Originally posted on The Ink Well:
On an early Saturday morning in August, I arrived in midtown to take on a personal development course. It had already been a VERY long and a VERY hot first summer in New York for me. I was grinding hard to make my writing hustle come together, I was…

Ms. Howard and the Black History Project That Changed Everything

Originally posted on The Ink Well:
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2015 While I have a fantastic family who has shaped me into the woman I am today, I am also eternally grateful to EXTRAORDINARY educators like the amazing Ms. Tracye Howard who fed my thirst for learning as a student in her 8th-grade U.S. History class. I’ve…

Finding Your Own Kool-Aid

Originally posted on The Ink Well:
UPDATE: January 2015 When I initially wrote this post nearly two years ago, I didn’t recognize how important finding the right philosophies, groups, and people to support me REALLY was. I know that my transition to New York wouldn’t have been as great without my love for Jesus, music…

New York, Year One: Always Get High on Your Own Supply

Originally posted on The Ink Well:
Somewhere around 1:30 on the afternoon of January 8, 2014 as I was driving over the Verrazano Bridge into Brooklyn, I suddenly saw the Empire State and Chrysler buildings in my side view and I began screaming wildly with joy. It was a good thing that I was traveling…


365 days later, I have to say that there is something absolutely magical, outstanding, and downright finger-licking good about looking back at my life and realizing that I’ve stood toe to toe with my greatest fears and made my dreams happen on my own terms.

You Gotta Rock With The Men Who Rock With You

My girl, Adriane, and I spent many a bleary-eyed morning last spring in the HOV lanes of Route 66 talking about everything from our respective careers, our families, “Scandal” plot lines, and of course, men. I deeply miss my time with my resident love coach and realize now that many of our conversations laid the…

The Soul Catch-Up

One of the people that I have been blessed to encounter in my life over the last few years is my life coach and spiritual counselor, dava. I first began working with dava right after I completed graduate school in 2008 and we worked together right up until my 30th birthday. My Friday nights with…

Every Day is a Testimony Service

I started to get a little self-conscious a few weeks ago about my New York-based Facebook posts. No one said anything, but in the back of my head I was thinking, “I’m sure someone is saying, ‘Leah, if you post one more thing with the words ‘Brooklyn’ or ‘New York,’ I’m gonna scream!” I consciously…

Becoming a Thing of Beauty

When my Ghanian Sweetheart came to visit me in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, we had a rather curious discussion about the current chocolate “It” girl of the moment, the beautiful and amazing Lupita Nyong’o. My honey found an article discussing how Norwegian women were shaving their heads to emulate Nyong’o’s now iconic short afro….

They Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

About a week ago, I sent a short greeting card to the very first friend that I made in the DC Metro area. We hadn’t caught up in awhile and I wanted to let him know that I had relocated to Brooklyn. When we met in the Summer of 2003, we spent HOURS upon HOURS…

Ditch the Cog, Create the Wheel

As of child who came of age in the 80s and 90s, I absolutely loved Hanna Barbera cartoons. “The Smurfs” were my absolute favorite and following close behind were “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons.” I loved “The Jetsons” because I couldn’t wait to see what new space-age invention would be in store during each episode….