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”

Dear Takiyah: An Overdue Letter to Myself

I haven’t been the kindest to myself. I can really be mean to me. So in an effort to shake that vibe away, I decided to write myself a letter. I was inspired by a video I saw on BuzzFeed and decided to run with it so here goes… Dear Takiyah, You don’t give yourselfContinue reading “Dear Takiyah: An Overdue Letter to Myself”

I’m Fasting From Throwing Shade – Indefinitely

If Nene Leakes and RuPaul were to have a Caribbean love child – her name would be Takiyah. Nothing gives me more joy than playing the dozens. I wish I could give an example but it doesn’t work like that for me. I am somewhat of a trampoline where the information comes to my mindContinue reading “I’m Fasting From Throwing Shade – Indefinitely”

Being Grateful Doesn’t Mean I Owe You Something

I won’t bore you too much with the details of how my current love and I met. We’re from a small place and always knew of each other, it was just happenstance that made us, us. Two years later, we’ve built something pretty awesome. Don’t get me wrong, we face all the challenges that millennialContinue reading “Being Grateful Doesn’t Mean I Owe You Something”

I Am A Woman, Not Oxtail – Fighting “Pressure Pot” Syndrome

I remember coming home from school to the comforting hiss of my grandmother’s immortal pressure pot (cooker for my American friends) many afternoons. I would love to see the top dance and spin as the steam propelled it in circular motions until the meal, normally my grandmother’s famous oxtail and broad beans, was done. AllContinue reading “I Am A Woman, Not Oxtail – Fighting “Pressure Pot” Syndrome”