Why AFROTECH Touched Melaninated Soul



Sunday, December 4th, 2016 | 💬 Leave a Comment

For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with the idea of how I was going to break off into the entrepreneurial world. I’m not sure if it has been so difficult because I have less than 10 years of experience in the tech career world or what, but it has definitely been challenging. I’ve had some motivation in spurts here and there — when the perils of my job would completely drain me by the time noon would hit. But that’s a story for another day.

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I jetted off to San Francisco a few weeks ago to attend Blavity’s first ever black tech conference geared towards creating a space for black millennials thriving in the world of tech and entrepreneurship to convene. And they were quite successful in doing so.

I have never been so grateful and blessed to be in the presence of so many talented, gifted, motivated individuals that look like me. Seeing all those beautiful faces and beings that exuded so much black excellence effortlessly was definitely something that I will forever be grateful for. And not to mention, Silicon Valley was definitely not ready for the disruption that occurred when we walked out of Bespoke. Seeing everyone’s faces filled with shock and bewilderment wondering what all of these young, beautiful, black people were coming from was definitely unforgettable.

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But I digress. Only because I need all of you to know how necessary this conference was. The most purposeful & unconventional conference that I’ve ever been to — that anyone has ever been to. Because how many conferences have you gone to take Drake Breaks? And how many have the crowds swag surfin? How many conferences have you gone to that allow their speakers to have their own superhero and heroine theme music playing while they dance and stroll up to the stage?

Let me Explain.



Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | 💬 2 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I’ve neglected my space for over a month, but never with the intent to do so. Life has been so busy on my end — still trying to put the house back together, work, and just life in general. It’s often that I have so much to share and so much to talk about, but lack the ability to find the words to convey it all.. and to convey it all appropriately.

I generally keep a planner that is designed to keep track of the social aspect of my life, this blog included. I had all of these posts planned that I still needed to write, but I never got around to it. Certain things in my life are draining me. The creativity that I usually allot to other aspects of my life, like this blog, has been needed in other areas just to get me through the day, or the week.

I’m not sure why I shift away from my blog when writing is what aids in my release. But even as I sit here and just “free-type” my thoughts, I feel this sense of motivation. Motivation to create and to share and to write until all of my thoughts, emotions, and ideas become entries for me to share with the world. And sometimes that’s all it takes — to just force yourself to start writing and then go back and make sense of it all. I’m currently working on a recap that’s really blowing my mind right now and it’s proof that things aren’t as bad as they may seem. Sometimes in the midst of your sorrow and stress, it’s necessary to take inventory of your blessings and appreciate them.

I don’t plan on proofreading this post. I’m going against the suggestion of my Insight plugin to do so. I don’t want to. Don’t really feel like it. But just know, the posts to come for the remainder of the 2016 will be a bit better.