Jes a Throwback Blog (2008 Liberia is Not Zumunda)

Eddie Murphy set the standard of blackness during the late eighties, early nineties.  It was because of Boomerang when black men started looking at feet, Harlem Nights and women wanted to be Sunshine, and of course the best one of them all, Coming to America where we as African-Americans learned that Africa wasn’t starving like…

Jes Fighting Fists with Pillows and Prayers

I was a senior in high school when I started cussing. It wasn’t by choice.  It was by force.  Because I was put so deeply and physically in a situation where I was left with no choice but to surrender, bow my head, cry and be defeated.  Or fight. I came home from school one…

Jes Grab Some Robitussin

I have never been one much for doctors.  Or emergency rooms.  It takes a lot for me to tell you I am sick.  Like, sincerely a lot.  Orange Juice cures a lot for me….or just a Halls cough drop.  When things are serious I’m grabbing some NyQuil and sleeping through the pain. What is the…

Jes Get Into Formation (My Emergency Surgery Story)

This is done to the tune of Beyonce’s Formation…..follow along if you can. (what happened at the surgery room) Bih, I’m back….and I’m popular at that My ovaries hating with that fibroid collaboration Covered my bladder and colon, was quite devastating 1am in the emergency room, body fully pulsating One week out of surgery, I…

Jes A Showdown Between A Biscuit and A Shrimp.

“So, how is Dubai?” I get that question all the time.  With eyebrows squished together, usually a glass of tea in hand and head slightly tilted to the side.  And for what ever reason, the answer usually makes me pause.  How do I explain this city?  I feel that when people pose that question they…

Jes Saying, Representation Matters

Representation matters. That is a fight…discussion…debate that we are having in America right now.  And it is real.  To stand up to say, “I matter”…and people who look like me are important. And it is….and I am coming today to discuss it in a totally different light. One that hit me in my heart. Let’s…

Jes Waiting to Exhale

Shoop. Shoooo oooop.  Shoop. Shoop. Sho beee oop. For any who remember the movie and graced enough to read the book, Waiting to Exhale was the women’s bible that was the needed manuscript to life, love, dating and mating for the black woman in the late 1990s. We need ed it and it was the…