Ask Insana, Life, Stories

I Protested @ DC’s Black Lives Matter Plaza

Saturday, June 6, 2020 | It sucks we live in a country where we have to ask for permission to live. Protesting is our way of asking nicely. Saturday’s demonstrations were D.C.’s largest since the May 25th killing of George…

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Ask Insana, Movie Reviews

Queen & Slim: The Heroes You Didn’t Know You Needed

Queen & Slim (2019) When’s the last time you saw a film that took your breath away? Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen) and Daniel Kaluuya (Slim) meet simply enough, as characters starring in an all too familiar chronicle of online dating. Girl meets…

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Movie Reviews

Harriet Tubman Deserves Better Than Harriet

I was excited to see Harriet for exactly two reasons: Harriet Tubman is a colossal personal hero of mine and also: Cynthia Erivo. She’s captivated me since this performance on the Stephen Colbert show three years ago and needless to…

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Ask Insana, Inspiration, Life

8 Lessons My Grandma Taught Me About Retirement

In July 2019, my grandmother turned 84 years old. My entire life (roughly half her life), she’s talked to me–no, drilled into me–messages about saving money to make sure I’m setting myself up well for retirement. In my 20s, I…

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Movie Review: IT Chapter 2

Every scary story you’ve ever read or heard was so scary because of the unknown. Because of the thing that went bump in the night, because of what might be hiding behind a closed door, or because of the noise…

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Ask Insana, Fashion & Beauty, Stories

Black Girls Rock! 2019

Sunday, August 25th, 2019, my good, good girlfriend and fellow photographer Melena invited me to the taping of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® Awards show, “created to celebrate the nexus of achievements of exemplary women of color who break boundaries, blaze…

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Feeling Lucky, Inspiration, Life, Stories

My Dad Wasn’t Super and That’s OK

Today is Wednesday, July 17th, 2019, which would’ve been my father’s 67th birthday. I’m not one of those people who regularly shouts out their parents on their birthdays in public, posting a cute, old photo of my mom or dad…

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5 Ways to Overcome Fear

I was standing at the edge of the pool, looking down at the blue water. The pool was full of laughing children. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, and here I was, scared of the water. Scared to…

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Ask Insana, Feeling Lucky

Money 101 | The Pilot

Sunday, April 9, 2017 | Bowie, MD This Sunday, my brother Ashté and I hosted a Money 101 class, intended to teach teenagers about money, banking, credit, taxes, budgeting, and investing. All of the things that should be taught in…

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