Up is Where We Go From Here

Today is the first day of the beginning of my forever. OK, maybe I’m a tad dramatic … but today does mark the beginning of a lot of 1sts for me. First Saturday (since January) that I’ve been able to enjoy without the dread of going into someone’s office on Monday hanging over my head. [...]

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#PiecesofPoetry: I had a #Dream

i had a dream you loved me and clung to it wholly clawing like i knew not my self clinging to hope of a single form of reciprocated love in action.   i was foolish.   knowing all the time you were nothing but dashing disappointment a dose of desire doubled over i came upon [...]

#News | 160+ Young Girls and Women Sue Kenyan Government

“Here I come Walking down through history to eternity From paradise to the city of gods Victorious, glorious, serious and pious Elegant, full of grace and truth The centrepiece and the masterpiece of literature Glowing, growing and flowing Here, there and everywhere Cheering millions every day The book of books that I am.” — It’s [...]

For @OccupyOakland: A Response to A Premature Dismantling

A Poem for Oakland (to y.k.)   “I’m very pleased with how things went,” Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said after the raid.   I know you. Your state. Your status. I see you something like Israel like Sudan. Something like Somalia like Greece like gross like Tehran like terrified. I feel the lightning [...]

“On The Record” | Accepting Your Truth

I’ve been having this internal battle between totally giving this blog over to all things fashion … and using it to indulge in my every fantasy of revolution.  And, I’m sure I’ve said this before, but, I refuse to choose. Also, It’s called KholiOli.Com .. which means, for some reason, you folks come here to [...]

Women at Work: Philadelphia’s FlyGirrl Around Town

I hope you’ve been enjoying the “Women at Work” Series as much as I have.  We’ve had some pretty sweet interviews … and as you can tell … they’re just gonna keep coming!  And why not?!  I love the ladies I get to work with … they’ve become some of my favorite people and dearest [...]

**EVENT** “A Room of Our Own” | Philadelphia Women’s Writing Workshop

“All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point — a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write …” – Virginia Woolf “I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. [...]

THINGS HAMPTON TAUGHT ME: Foreshadowing | Anna Wintour Invites Nicki Minaj to Fashion Week

So, we understand rap music and a lot of hip-hop to be an aspirational art form.  Rappers tend to rap about personal experiences.  Still, more often than not, they create lyrics covering areas they only hope to endeavor within in their lifetime.  For instance, on almost every single one of Nicki Minaj’s mix-tapes, she discussed [...]

What is Friendship If Not An Excuse To Go Shopping?

Soooooo … I know you folks have been waiting for this!  It’s time to VOTE FOR ME again in the not FIRST, not SECOND, not THIRD, but FOURTH ROUND OF LUCKY MAGAZINE’S LIFESTYLE EDITOR CONTEST!  (lol … was I the only one waiting?!) Oh well, here’s the deal … I’ve been going strong with these [...]

Things Hampton Taught Me: Close Reading | Jay-Z & Kanye West, “Murder to Excellence”

So, three days ago, long-time crush friend and once-client, DJ JALEN posted “Kanye West’s & Jay-Z’s Black Excellence Gap.”  Before I even start this response … I’ll say, it’s an incredibly well-written piece.  I’m pretty sure Jalen and I first connected over words … so trust me … I get it … she knows how [...]