Check out my feature on The Blacademic Project (TBP), founded by Amanda Hope it "serves as a space for narratives of everyday black brilliance and black excellence." The questions really forced me to evaluate myself as an academic but more importantly my personal life. As a Ph.D. student, I struggle with work-life balance (whatever that is … Continue reading The Blacademic Project Feature
Publishing in a public space is a small win for some academics but a major accomplishment for me! It means that the research I collect reaches the intended audience. Following Hurricane Harvey, I decided to write an article... and TribTalk, a publication of the Texas Tribune picked it up. I feel like I won an … Continue reading My First Publication
Following hurricane Harvey, the city of Houston rushed to offer relief and in Texas fashion, we gave back in a BIG way. Money, clothing, cleaning supplies, home repairs, volunteering, emotional counsel and so much more. Well living in Houston for over 16 years, with family and friends across this city I had to help BUT … Continue reading The Art of Giving Back- Hurricane Harvey Relief
As you all know, I run Houston Black-Owned Businesses and I'm on many social media platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud... because who doesn't like a little Alina Baraz 😉 Enjoy!
I admire both Nyla of Thoughts Caught in My Fro and Michelle of Networking with Michelle, for being dope Black women and two for building their brands with integrity and creativity. After a chat on Facebook we decided to have a Black Girls Roundtable on Michelle's podcast. The initial topic was the destruction of Black business … Continue reading I’m not a guest, I’m family! Return to Networking With Michelle #BlackGirlsRoundtable feat. Nyla Spooner.
This weekend I had the pleasure to participant in the Houston edition of Unity In Color, sponsored by NaturallyCurly.com . If you, like me, have not heard of Unity In Color or the creator Jasmine Solano here is a little summary of the greatness that is Unity In Color. "Together we stand in solidarity to … Continue reading Unity In Color : Houston
An oldie but a goodie. While working on my MBA, Making Better Business Decisions was required. In my opinion, this is one of the most underrated business books. It touches on everything from personal biases that alter our rational decision-making skills to understanding why we don't do what we should. The whole entire book … Continue reading Book of the Month: June
For 3 semesters my dissertation committee member told me to read this book. I ignored him. "It will help you with your research on African American entrepreneurs." I smiled AND ignored him. Then I started on my first article and could not for the life of me find a book that was: 1) about present-day … Continue reading Book of the Month: March
Thank you, the students of Lone Star Community College Black Student Union E-Board (pictured here) for allowing me to come out and talk about Black entrepreneurship, Buying Black & the Black Buying Power. A special thank you to all the students who attended and asked very thought-provoking questions!! Love seeing young adults doing their part … Continue reading Let’s talk about Buying Black at Lone Star Community College
My 2nd year as a PhD student is coming to a close and I am FINALLY starting my interviews of African American entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas!!! Probably one of the most tedious parts of this program is getting approval from the university BUT somehow my research was approved in 2 days... 48 HOURS (it usually … Continue reading Collecting The Data… Finally
Thank you to a good friend Michelle Ngome, owner of Line 25 Consulting, for featuring me on her weekly podcast "Networking With Michelle". Her show discusses professional and personal growth and everything in between. Check out the show and hear my story on life as a PhD student and all things entrepreneurship. Click here to … Continue reading Podcast Interview on Networking w/ Michelle