Looking back at my story, I realized that I was built to last. I was built for more than the struggles that I faced. Looking at this past year, I realized how strong I am. I realized that life isn’t easy. Adulthood is INEVITABLE. Pain is TEMPORARY. Love is NECESSARY. Decision making is AWKWARD. Chances … More Surviving The Transition
I woke up to his face and realized that my sneaky link had turned into a overnight stay. I quickly grabbed my clothes and was pulled back in by his arms. This one night made me realize that we couldn’t go back to being just friends. I couldn’t even deny the feelings that came with … More Intertwined Part II
Cicely Tyson has passed away at the age of ninety-six. The Black community mourns another legend. I have seen countless celebrities on social media share what Cicely’s life meant to them or how they felt to see her on the screen. She felt familiar, she felt safe and she felt empowering. Cicely Tyson will be … More We are in a Transition
Let me put this out there before I go any further. This article isn’t only directed towards men, but an experience I’m currently going through so, do not be offended. I know there are men out there that have sole custody of their kids and have to deal with women using the, “I’m their mom” … More “But I’m His Dad.” – Should Children Be Forced into Visits?
After two long years I’ve finally gotten around to releasing the sequel to my very first novel, “Let’s Be Friends,” and I feel so accomplished. When I first created this novel it was meant to be a short story. I was going to keep it to myself, but the more I kept going back to … More The New Book “Let’s Be Friends…Again” is Available Now!
I remember being younger and watching shows like The Real World, Big Brother and American Idol. These shows had real people with real issues and real talent. They weren’t full of drama but were fun to watch, kept me entertained and didn’t drain me from all the toxicity being shown on my TV screen. Now … More Reality TV: How Far Is Too Far?
Dating as a millennial has always been a difficult task. You try to maintain yourself without giving too much or little to someone else. Dating when done correctly is a beautiful thing. My problem is the initial execution that starts the dating phase—the DM or private message. The act of messaging someone you like is … More Why Your Shot Didn’t Go In-Want vs. Value
When thinking about immigration, it’s easy to focus on the plight of undocumented and dacamented people, as if they were the only ones affected by America’s immigration policy and climate of hate towards immigrants. I am guilty of viewing the citizen children of immigrants as lucky and carefree Americans. That started to change the day … More Paz Ellis on the plight of Citizen Children of Immigrants
One of the most memorable moments that I experienced during the trip to my homeland, Brazil earlier this year, was unexpectedly stumbling upon a ceremony known as Festival of Lemanja. It was at a locals’ beach adjacent to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) that I saw a large group of mostly Afro-Brazilians gathered under a … More Candomblé (Part I)
Using phrases like “that’s not in my reality”Saying I love you to myself over 5X each day Waking up excited about my dayApologizing less for just being me Treating myself to more kindnessAccepting more complements with out giving one immediately back Taking time to smile at myselfTaking more selfiesReally putting myself out there and sharing … More Journey Check In