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Working 20s: Underwhelmed, Underpaid, Underestimated

Corporate America and generation X have a lot to say about millennials in the workforce. We’ve been classified as entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy by every business publication from Forbes to Fortune. Well, here’s what we have to say to Corporate Americas and the Baby boomers who run it: Every millennial I know feels professionally underwhelmed and discontent. That’s because we are fundamentally engineered to reject Corporate America. Millennials are pushers: we push boundaries and buttons. We’re anti-establishment. We inherently reject structure, routine, and institution.  We’re not subservient. We have opinions and we’re not afraid to voice them. We’re…

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Career, Humor, Lifestyle

Thou Shalt Not Commit ADULTING!

If I had a dollar for every time someone ever told me “being an adult is not fun,” I probably wouldn’t have to watch my paychecks disappear by 12:15am on the 15th and 30th of every month. Since I was seven-years-old and I made the unfortunate mistake of wishing that I was a grownup, I’ve been lectured and warned about the perils of adulthood by every coming-of-age television show, movie, novel, song, middle-aged person and senior citizen in the world. They told me again and again and again. They wrote it in birthday cards. They merched it on bumper stickers,…

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Career, Lifestyle

There Must Be Drugs In The Lemonade!

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you know by now that Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. As a matter of fact, even if you have been living under a rock you probably STILL know that Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is expecting twins. Not even SpongeBob Square pants and the citizens of Bikini Bottom could escape that news. Even if you managed to avoid all the blogs; radio stations and news outlet, it was the topic of literally EVERY other status, tweet and post across all the social media channels for like three days. I couldn’t make it…

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Career, Humor

Networking or NOTworking?

The Merriam- Webster dictionary describes networking as ‘the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.”  Business consultants and authors describe networking as a science or an art that can be mastered by reading their books or attending their seminars.                                                                                             Clichés like ‘your network equals your…

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Career, Humor, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Its A Text, Its A Tweet, Its Our Attention Span Getting Shorter

I don’t think we should acknowledge attention deficit as a disorder anymore. In fact, if your attention span is longer than 10 seconds, YOU’RE the one with the disorder.  I read somewhere that the average person’s attention span has dropped from 12 to 8 seconds since the start of the digital age; that’s one second LESS than a gold fish. And that’s the “average” person. For millennials, I’m pretty sure our attention spans stop promptly at about 5 seconds.                                           …

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Career, Humor, Lifestyle

Happy Graduversary To Me!

It’s been one year since I graduated from Howard University. Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. How do you measure a year? “In truths that she learned or times that [s]he cried. In bridges [s]he burned or the way that she died.” – Seasons of Love (“Rent”)  College may be a 2 to 4 year process, but the learning doesn’t stop after graduation. Let’s talk about the truths that I learned over the past year. The truth is that there’s an American nightmare to be had before you can live the American dream. It’s plagued with financial instability, ambivalent career goals,…

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Career, Lifestyle

Confessions Of An Overachiever: When Good Isn’t Good Enough

For as long as I can remember, particularly over the last year, I’ve been trying to figure out why nothing ever feels good enough for me. Although I graduated from Howard University in four years, debt free with a 3.8 GPA; a study abroad experience; and an extensive portfolio of internship and extracurricular activities under my belt, I’m not accomplished enough. Despite my full-time job and half-dozen side jobs/projects, I don’t work enough. I have no free time and my family is always complaining about how difficult it is to get me on the phone, but I’m not busy enough….

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Career

ENTERtainment WITH CAUTION

As an aspiring entertainment publicist, I often find myself correcting misconceptions, misunderstandings, and overall myths about what it means to work in the entertainment industry. Once upon a time, the idea of moving to Los Angeles was once characterized by fanciful, optimistic college dropouts and graduates alike hauling half-full nap-sacks and high hopes of making it big in Hollywood. Back then (as if I’m old enough to recall) the idea had a sense of merit behind it and one might even describe it as passionate. Unfortunately, however, the Kardashian-era; giving a new meaning to the phrase “hauling ass,” has brought…

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Career, Fashion/Style/Beauty

From Rags To Riches: Creating Your Carrie Bradshaw Closet

There comes a time when the transition into adulthood must extend to your closet. For me, that time was right before I started my first, full-time job (don’t be fooled by my rhetoric, it was barely four months ago). “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” – Picture Perfect The perfect example of this statement is the wardrobe upgrade montage in The Devil Wears Prada. As soon as Andy traded her “hideous” skirts for Chanel dresses, she started kicking ass at Runway and was well on her way to becoming the next Miranda Priestly. As for…

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Career, Humor

“Go To College” They Said … “Get A Job,” They Said

You don’t find out the real meaning of the term “millennial” until you’ve graduated from college and began looking for your first real job. The dictionary definition is: a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000; of or belonging to Generation Y, but in the real-world- “millennial” is a euphemism for spoiled; lazy; tech-obsessed brat who expects everything to be handed to him/her. Every consumer brand, advertising agency and tech startup wants to know “how to reach millennials” or “what makes millennials tick,” but no one will hire us. The world is obsessed with us, but hates us at…

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