Archive | May, 2019

A Penny for Your Thoughts: The Realities of Being a Broke Black Girl

Me (Penny) posing for the AFRO series. Photo by @thebenchmarc

Dear Pennies & Pens, Being broke fuckin sucks dude. And it’s even worse when you’re Black. Triple so if you’re female. You spend all your days working to make more money yet every time you check your bank account — it’s been debited for yet another bill. How’s a Pen supposed to ink the page?! […]

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A Penny for your Thoughts: I am Retiring from Social Media

Dear Pennies & Pens, So this week, I decided to retire from social media. I’ve had a great career but I can no longer put my effort, energy, and focus into it. As y’all know, I work with a variety of different brands to create content about their products and services. My company, ISLP creates […]

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V-Ink: Should I Become A Vegan

Sponsored Post Dear Pennies & Pens, As I mentioned in one of my most recent posts, I became a Vegan about four years ago. In that post, I talk about why I went Vegan and my journey over the past four years. Check out the post here: SkinnyPenny: Why I Became a Vegan If you follow […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: LM5 by Little Mix

LM5 by Little Mix

Dear Pennies & Pens, So you may not know this but I am the biggest fan of Little Mix – a girl group from the UK. I wrote about Little Mix forever ago here (link). Little Mix consists of Leigh Ann, Jade, Perrie, and Jesy. Each of these chicks is bad AF. I have no […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: Caution by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Dear Pennies & Pens, So at this point, Mariah needs no introduction. Like if you dunno who Mariah is. Exit stage left. Mariah is an ICON little baby. There’s no denying her talent and influence on pop music. And last year, Mariah reminded us of why she’s one of the best to ever stand in […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: Singular Act I by Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter

Dear Pennies & Pens, So when we weren’t looking, Disney created another soon to be pop icon aka Sabrina Carpenter. I first learned of Sabrina from Girl Meets World, the modern reboot of Boy Meets World. Sabrina plays the main character’s BFF. She’s a great actress and she’s sang on the show but I never […]

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Pen’s Rhythm Nation: T.K.O. (The Knockout) by Mya

T.K.O. (The Knockout)

Dear Pennies & Pens, So last year when we weren’t paying attention, Mya released a new album. Do y’all remember Mya? She dropped her first record in 1998. We featured and wrote about that album here: Pen’s Rhythm Nation: The Best Hip-Hop and R&B Albums for Fall. These days, Mya is an independent artist with […]

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Pen’s Flicks: My Christmas Inn + A Gingerbread Romance

A Gingerbread Romance

Dear Pennies & Pens, So somehow, some way, Hallmark heard our cry for diversity. And so, in 2018, they released several films starring people of color. My Christmas Inn was one of those movies. Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, My Christmas Inn tells the story of Jen Taylor, a busy corporate creative up who is up for […]

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Pen’s Flicks: The Holiday Calendar

The Holiday Calendar

Dear Pennies & Pens, A few weeks ago, while on FaceTime with Renee Francois — ISLP’s Associate Editor and Producer, she told me about one of Netflix’s newest films, The Holiday Calendar. The Holiday Calendar stars Kat Graham and Quincy Brown. Renee was gushing over how cute and sweet the movie is. I was surprised […]

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