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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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Pen’s Flicks: Melissa’s Favorite Christmas Movies

Jingle All The Way

Dear Pennies & Pens, I love Christmas, especially Christmas movies! Like most Christmas movies, you can usually find me singing the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” around the holidays. Christmas is truly a special time of year, you get to see family and friends, eat delicious food, and best of all […]

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Pen’s Flicks: Melissa’s Favorite Christmas TV Episodes

Will's Christmas Show

Dear Pennies & Pens, One of my favorite Christmas  t.v. episodes is from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air titled “Will’s Christmas Show” from season 2; episode 13. I love this episode because it’s about how everything can go wrong when a family gets together for Christmas. I can relate to this because my family […]

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Pen’s Flicks: The Best Holiday Films of the 2010s (So Far)

Sponsored Post Dear Pennies & Pens, I am so excited to be working with a guest contributor who submitted this article for the 7 Years of Ink issue. Y’all know holiday movies are my jam so I love this roundup of contemporary holiday films. Let me know what you think of the list in the […]

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Pen’s Flicks: It’s Dope Not Whack TV

Dear Pennies & Pens, I’ve been told that I like whack tv. But I’m here to tell you that it’s dope not whack tv. It’s dope because it’s high quality entertainment that teaches you something. Sometimes, it’s a little cheesy but that’s just so you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That said, I’m going […]

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Now Let Me Ink That Page: What is a Lifestyle Blogger?

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger (Photo Credit: Megan Weaver; Styling by LoudPen)

Dear Pennies & Pens, Hopefully you all know that I published a book called #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger, a few months ago. #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger is the first book dedicated to teaching people how to be lifestyle bloggers. #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger features advice on […]

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Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger Inked by LoudPen (Photo credit: Megan Weaver)

This post contains Press Samples Dear Pennies & Pens, It’s ya girl LoudPen here to officially announce the release of #MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. I am SO excited right now! I honestly cannot believe this moment has come. I started writing the book in September and it is finally complete and available for […]

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Press Pen: Idris Elba Releases Short Film For Pepsi’s Beats of the Beautiful Game

Idris Elba Directing Short Film for Pepsi's Beats of the Beautiful Game (Photo courtesy of Ketchum Sports & Entertainment)

Dear Pennies & Pens, Ever since I saw American Gangster and Daddy’s Little Girls with Idris Elba, I have believed in his talent as an actor. However, Idris has recently taken on a new role of writer and director as evidenced in the newly released short film, “Unstoppable” for Pepsi’s Beats of the Beautiful Game. […]

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Pen’s Flicks: 5 Classic Romantic Comedies

Love Jones Film Cover (Image from Google)

Dear Pennies & Pens, To say that I am a fan of romantic comedies is an understatement. I am OBSESSED with romantic comedies. Most of the time, it’s all I watch. So today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite romantic comedies. These movies are classic not just because they were made some […]

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