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A few months ago, I moved to New York City and it has to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made in my life. I lived in NYC as a kid, while my mother was on broadway, but now that I am older, I get to relive the city in a more mature manner.  I love waking up and knowing that my day will be full of adventure. NYC gives me the confidence to take over the world. I’m not sure if it is the place to start a family but as I enjoy my twenties, I am very happy.

One thing about NYC that I love are the coffee shops. I’m not a heavy coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a good cup of hot cocoa, hence my name, lol! On every block, there is a coffee shop. No matter if it is big, small, colorful, busy, or noisy, somehow I find beauty in any coffee shop I go to. I love going to coffee shops to read, blog, have a photo shoot, or have meetings. Every coffee shop is different and they are all filled with different people. No matter what day of the week it is, you never know who you can meet. I’ve made great connections with fellow bloggers, editors, business owners, and genuine people. Being a somewhat “new comer” to NYC, coffee shops have really allowed me to expand my business and brand. When I am in a coffee shop, I have the tendency to get things done much quicker. Something about the environment in coffee makes me happy. I feel like it gives me a sense of structure. It is so important that we learn the environments that allow us to excel. Just because I can focus in a coffee shop doesn’t mean that I can focus in a library. We all digest things differently in different areas. I personally enjoy learning and getting tasks done when I am surrounded by people and a little noise. What works for me might not work for you, but there is not harm in trying. Make sure you take the time to understand the environments that can allow you to shine.


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Photographed by Roderick Jackson  (@shotsbyrod)



It’s such a great feeling when you discover something new. I know I’m not the only one who enjoys discovering new foods, shows, movies and relationships. Last week, I discovered Refinery 29‘s newest web show, Lingo With Lyric. You’re probably asking yourself, ” who is Lyric ?”, well in my opinion, she is probably the coolest person you’ll ever meet. Lyric is that one friend that is beautiful, smart, always willing to turn up, and not afraid to ask people thought provoking questions in any setting. Lyric has taken her wit and charm to the streets of New York City, asking individuals about a topic we know about but choose not to discuss, RACE.

In the first episode of Lingo With Lyric, she addresses and discusses the meaning of post race. Being a woman color, I’ve taken the time to learn about the terminology of post race, but it seemed like very few in the big apple new the meaning. For those of you who don’t know what post race means, it is defined as being free from racial discrimination and preference. America is definitely not living in a post race society, even though we should be. Look at our upcoming president, let’s just say living in a post-racial America isn’t on his agenda nor twitter timeline. Lyric didn’t just asks people questions about “post race”, but she took the time to educate people about how we can change the perspective of understanding race. CHECK IT OUT!