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Absolute Belief System (ABS)

We must also build what I call an ABS (absolute belief system) in order to succeed at a level that most of the world would see as unrealistic. Is there anything in the world that man has created, that someone else wouldn’t have called unrealistic before its existence? If you take a good look around, […]

Q&A with Elizabeth Berry – Mixed Nation’s Beauty Blogger!

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Berry and I run the YouTube channel and blog, Berry Beautiful. My videos are on hair, beauty, fashion, and even advice. I have had a YouTube channel for a few years now but recently started the blog so that I can branch out on other topics. I love talking about my experiences […]

Fruitvale Station: A Roller-Coaster of Emotions

In this age of sensory overload and oversimplification, of people being vilified or martyred for one cause or another, it was refreshing to see a film that did not do any of the above. Ryan Coogler debuts his directorial skills with a compassionate representation of the complexities and contradictions that exist within any modern day […]

Why George Zimmerman’s Race Doesn’t Matter

Weeks after his trial, George Zimmerman is still one of the biggest news stories in the country. After his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin murder case, the media kept him in the news by interviewing jurors. Then, Zimmerman reportedly helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV in Sanford. Back when the shooting itself was […]

Book Review: Mo’ Meta Blues by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

One of my favorite parts from Mo’ Meta Blues, a memoir by The Roots drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, occurs about two-thirds of the way through the book. Questlove is talking about Things Fall Apart, the band’s fourth album, and one in which critics first began saying that the band wasn’t “black enough.” Questlove says: “I […]

A “Mixed” Bag of Laughs: My 5 Favorite Funny People of the Summer

I love to laugh. In my opinion, laughter is the perfect cure for a stressful day, a difficult breakup or bad news. Laughter is infectious, and it not only strengthens your body and mind, but also your spirit. Whether it’s a quiet chuckle or a guttural roar, laughter comes in many forms, just like the […]

Questions for Solutions

When I tell people only a mere two years before this book was released, I was smoking dope in backstreets all night with no sense of direction, you could only imagine their reaction. Further to that, only eight months later, I began coaching strong social figures twice my age, TV and radio personalities, athletes, and people […]

On Being Raised by a Single Korean Mother

Every time that I get the urge to buy something, I think about the wise words that my mother told me years ago when I went off to college: “Credit cards are bad. Never use one unless it’s for an emergency.” At the time I thought that she was being a typical frugal Korean, but […]

Why does Tagalog & Spanish Sound Similar?

When I was in elementary school, my sister had a friend who would often come over to our house and play. Sometimes we would teach each other words from our respective home languages: our family was from El Salvador and hers was from the Philippines. One day, we became fascinated by the discovery that there […]

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