I like saying I’m obsessed with things, even when I’m not actually obsessed with them (but most often I am), to indicate that it’s an amazing thing and I recommend it for everyone. These obsessions come in many forms; they can be people, places, things, made-up things, and let me not forget conspiracy theories. So I’ve decided to document these things in a series called, 5 Things I’m Obsessed With. I will keep a list of my obsessions as I go through life and when I get to 5 new things, I’ll keep the series going. I hope you like it and find as much joy in these things that I do. If this is a stupid idea and you hate it, please let me know.
So here goes, these are my 5 things...
1. On 1 Podcast with Angela Rye - and generally all things Angela Rye.
I knew from her commentary on CNN that she is a pretty dope human being. However, THIS PODCAST! This podcast is E-VE-RY-THING. Seriously, Angela has been upgraded from random chick on CNN to my bestfriend in my head. She brings the sophistirachet in a way that makes you think of the main character in, the Netflix show, Dear White People. She is the real life Samantha White. She is smart, but also still very real and as my step-dad would say, “grimy” (but in a good way). She makes dope arguments and always has receipts. She is not here for the #fuckery. Don’t come for her.
I’m actually surprised by this one because I don’t really consider myself a Gabby U fan (I also tend to make up obnoxious nicknames for celebrities and other people I don’t know). I guess it’s not her that I don’t like, but I don’t care for the characters she plays, especially Mary Jane. I do like the show Being Mary Jane, but Mary Jane herself is a hot mess. However, I digress. Anyway, her book is AMAZING, so amazing that I think every woman (specifically Black women) and girls age 17+ should read it. It’s a coming of age story told in the most relatable way. It’s no holds barred. It’s witty. It’s funny. It’s human. It’s just so damn good. Needless to say, I recommend it.
It’s true! The prices really did decrease and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. I can actually get a whole meal to feed my family of four, with meat included for about $25. That’s progress... A remodeled Whole Foods just opened down the street from my house, and I’ve been there at least 3 times a week since it opened. Today, I forgot to pay for my blackberries and when I went to return them to the cashier (because I’m not a thief), she told me to keep them!!! Whole Foods is consistently earning a permanent place in my heart, whereas previously their spot was up for grabs due to the Whole Pay Check status.
I mean... What can I say? She is just dope. She is not here for the shenanigans, she is reclaiming her time and she has no issue with getting you together, honey. Most importantly, she has been here. She has been fighting for equity within the Black community. She has been advocating for women’s rights. She will not be bullied or dissuaded. She is a self proclaimed ‘Strong Black Woman’ and I love it.
This newsletter is just so clever. It’s like the Complex Mag of business news. It provides the news in a way that only hipster white boys can. I know that sounds like a reason for me not to like it, but... it weirdly resonates with me. It gives me the headlines in a way that’s not boring, sort of like a tabloid for real news. The point is, they make the news fun, so I dig it.