My Life Be Like

My Childhood in Rio

When I first arrived in the United States in the summer of 1998, my mother and I lived in my uncle's house in Berkeley, California. He had sponsored our tourist visa. After picking us up from LAX, he took us to Disneyland and Universal Studios, before we made the six hour drive to his home.… Continue reading My Childhood in Rio

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Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

(image courtesy of Shutterstock) I don’t think there has been a louder anti-racism revolt since the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Lives Matter revolution that we are witnessing right now is opening the eyes of America-- including white Americans -- to the violent systemic racism that exists in the United States. It is inspiring protests… Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

Hidden Gems, interviews

Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

A year ago on February 9th, 2019, I took a road trip to Santa Barbara to see an art show put together by Emily Mata, an art student at Westmont college. A photo I had shared with her was painted portraying the bond I share with an American citizen, despite our different heritage and race.… Continue reading Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

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Corona Got Your Attention Now?

The Coronavirus was coming. It started out in China and begin to drastically spread over time. Meanwhile, people here in the United States viewed it from afar as our government did not take it serious. The comments ranged from "It's not worse than the flu" to "it ain't that serious". Fast forward to now and… Continue reading Corona Got Your Attention Now?

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Painting A Picture of Love

When I was eleven years old, at the time I did not realize that I was taking a picture that would be so precious to me, and that it would lead to such a special moment between me and one of my closest friends. As I mentioned in my previous article, Emily Lauren Mata, an… Continue reading Painting A Picture of Love

My Life Be Like, short story

Wonderland: Part 2-A New Reality

"I take it that you want a Round 2." Lacey was standing right in front of Brian in the shower and he could not believe it. He had just laid down with Charlotte sleep beside his side the night before and woke up to this chocolate goddess showering the next day.  Brain answered Lacey relunctantly.… Continue reading Wonderland: Part 2-A New Reality

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I Know My Rights, But What Good Is It When The Police Can Violate Them?

  Every day in America the police continue to violate the rights of black and brown people. It’s quite disturbing how they can casually shoot and violate the rights of our community without any consequences. Day after day, more stories come out with obvious wrong-doings by the police but nothing is done and there is… Continue reading I Know My Rights, But What Good Is It When The Police Can Violate Them?

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Monogamy Or Polygamy? (PART I)

Monogamy or polygamy is the question? We are going to get straight to the point in this article. Believe it or not polygamy has been around for centuries; but is it beneficial for millennials in today’s world in the black community? I’m going to share my personal preferences in this article, and the potential pros… Continue reading Monogamy Or Polygamy? (PART I)

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Don’t Like It? Oh Well!

Where do I start? Actually, I know where: THIS IS MY BODY! DON'T LIKE IT? OH WELL! Since when was it okay for men to delegate jurisdiction over a womb that doesn't belong to them? With the exception of some Transgender men, cisgender men do not have to endure the mental, physical, and emotional trauma… Continue reading Don’t Like It? Oh Well!