“You’re Not Worthy” and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself

Dear blog, since the last time we met, a whole lot of life has transpired. However, the state of life has not changed much. We are still being faced with the most challenging year in modern history with new WTF moments every day. All in all, I remain grateful to still be here. However, 2020Continue reading ““You’re Not Worthy” and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself”

What’s the Difference? The Last Time A Black Person Should Ever Be Asked That Question

Trigger warning: this blog post speaks on matters of racial injustice. Read responsibly. The public murder of George Floyd has triggered people of color everywhere. Wait, black people everywhere. I believe in inclusion and diversity as much as the next person but in these cases, it is hard for me to find someone who doesn’tContinue reading “What’s the Difference? The Last Time A Black Person Should Ever Be Asked That Question”

Call Me Takiyah or Nothing – Why My Name is Here to Stay

Our conversation began with her asking “What’s your name again?”. “It’s Takiyah”, I replied pleasantly. “Don’t you have an easier name than that?” she asked. I looked down at the egg and cheese baleada I was enjoying before she interrupted me and then upwards to the Lord for strength and tact before saying that IContinue reading “Call Me Takiyah or Nothing – Why My Name is Here to Stay”

Venus Steam: Business, Friendship and Success

The inspiration for this post struck me almost 12 months ago. Why? I am a firm believer in girl power and Venus Steam, Cayman’s first yoni steam spa embodies all that I perceive girl power to be. It’s owned by women, operated by women, for women. The fact that these are black women is simplyContinue reading “Venus Steam: Business, Friendship and Success”

Big Girls Do Cry: Why Being Plus-Sized and Positive Isn’t Easy Math

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last year (mi love you), you would know that this self-love journey has been uphill for me. A sticking point for me is my weight. I won’t bore you with pounds and dress sizes but I can honestly say that my current size is not my healthiest,Continue reading “Big Girls Do Cry: Why Being Plus-Sized and Positive Isn’t Easy Math”

Dealing with Haters (Without Catching a Case)

Psalm 41: 6- 13My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish? “Whenever one comes to see me, he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander; then he goes out and spreads it abroad. All my enemies whisper together against me; they imagine the worst for me, saying,A vileContinue reading “Dealing with Haters (Without Catching a Case)”

2020 – Moving Out of My Unhappy Place

Happy New Year to all and Happy Anniversary to TakiyahChanel.com! It’s been a wonderful twelve months and I’ve healed so much just by being able to share my story. Thank you to everyone who reads, shares and comments – you truly have made me love my art again. I know the New Year is supposedContinue reading “2020 – Moving Out of My Unhappy Place”

I’m More Like Summer Walker Than I Thought

I don’t blog for likes. I started giving more of myself to my blogging because it was either this or die from holding in emotion. The fact that people like you have found and read my blog is an added bonus that I am very grateful for. However, the day I start doing this forContinue reading “I’m More Like Summer Walker Than I Thought”

The Mavericks – 4 Millenial Mavens Cayman Needs to Know

Hey guys! Narcissist I am not, so talking about myself all the time really does not appeal to me. What I am is a millennial, Caymanian, black woman who really enjoys having conversations about the things that matter to us. This post is dedicated to four women from my home here in the Cayman IslandsContinue reading “The Mavericks – 4 Millenial Mavens Cayman Needs to Know”