• Paying it Forward

    Paying it Forward

    Before Black Girls Code became a thing, I spent many of my high school years doting over cascading style sheets and romancing HTML code at the Technology Access Foundation. TAF, as we called it, was the brainchild of...

  • Mid-Week Reading Round Up

    Mid-Week Reading Round Up

    This week has been a particularly bright one; brought to me in part by a killer new discovery of Trader Joe’s zesty nacho kale chips and a few nights painting my nails, while resting under my super chic (and...

  • Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products?

    Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products?

    Before I sheared my locs this past October, I hadn’t physically been inside a black beauty supply store in over six years. En route to purchase a few packs of the $3.99 Marley Hair to achieve this particularly lovely...

Paying it Forward

Tue, Feb, 2014  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Paying it Forward Before Black Girls Code became a thing, I spent many of my high school years doting over cascading style sheets and romancing HTML code at the Technology Access Foundation. TAF, as we called it, was the brainchild of Microsoft nerd wonder woman turned social entrepreneur Trish Millines Dziko. Clearly ahead of her time, Trish had a vision to close the digital divide under the auspices of an experimental program that taught kids of color how to code while exposing them to both college and careers. The TAF program was much more than a training ground for advanced computer play; it was an enabler to education and economic access that was...

Mid-Week Reading Round Up

Wed, Jan, 2014  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Mid-Week Reading Round Up This week has been a particularly bright one; brought to me in part by a killer new discovery of Trader Joe’s zesty nacho kale chips and a few nights painting my nails, while resting under my super chic (and unreasonably comfortable), eco-friendly comforter by designer Robin Wilson (get yours here). Life is bliss and I’m sipping tea in salute. If you need a bit of escape to get you through the remainder of your week, check out a few great think pieces (and a few just for eco-friendly giggles) I’ve stumbled across for your reading pleasure: Causes Relaunches As A Social Network for Social Good Action, Not Shallow...

Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products?

Sun, Jan, 2014  Posted by sherrell  1 Comment »
Can You Convince Your Beauty Supply Store to Carry Nontoxic Products? Before I sheared my locs this past October, I hadn’t physically been inside a black beauty supply store in over six years. En route to purchase a few packs of the $3.99 Marley Hair to achieve this particularly lovely creation, I fell completely silent while simultaneously handing over my debit card and scanning the cluttered shop of imported miracle grow products and perm kits. Brown faces on the floor. No brown faces behind the corner. No surprise here folks. This scenario describes the typical set up across the country; no matter what community you happen to find yourself in. Handing over my debit card that day became analogous to...

Weekend Reading Inspiration

Sat, Dec, 2013  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Weekend Reading Inspiration	As I write this post, I’m sitting across the table from a 21-year-old college student discussing simplicity and desire. We’re both on the train heading to the airport to go “home”, simultaneously feigning for the love that knew us before we were “us”. Heading home always reminds me of exactly how far I’ve come. Admittedly, my need for better and greater can often usurp my recognition of what I’ve already been given. To atone for my lack of gratitude, I plan to spend the larger part of my traveling work day in reflection and copious reading. Bliss it will be. Now, on to the holiday goodies. I come a cross myriad articles,...

What I Learned After Killing My Favorite House Plant

Sun, Dec, 2013  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
What I Learned After Killing My Favorite House Plant Sierra died long ago, and yet she remained sitting on my windowsill mocking me in her faded and lopsided glory. After a few months of fighting in vain to sustain her existence, my precious houseplant finally passed on leaving a crusted surface and disintegrating petals.  I watched her rot. And then I ignored her. Under the brutal nuanced temperatures of my apartment, the houseplant, in which I affectionately named for no particular reason, fought for its stay under the tyranny of my neglect. I had no intention of letting Sierra’s beauty suffer such a virulent and undeserving fate. In my own defense, her untimely death was simply a...

Echoing Green Announces New Climate Fellowship For Budding Social Entrepreneurs

Mon, Nov, 2013  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Echoing Green Announces New Climate Fellowship For Budding Social Entrepreneurs Unleash Your Talent to Solve the World’s Biggest Problems The world won’t change until we decide to get up and grind. Taking action to address society’s toughest problems takes hard work, creativity and a crap load of moxie to move the needle on social, economic and environmental justice issues we face today. Next month applications will open for a new fellowship in search of brilliant young entrepreneurs currently in the early stages of launching a venture addressing climate-related problems.   Check out the details of the fellowship below:  Echoing Green’s new Climate Fellowship, built in partnership with The...

Growing Plum Trees and Ending Poverty

Wed, Oct, 2013  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Growing Plum Trees and Ending Poverty There’s a little boy that lives just two blocks down the road from my mom’s house. When I went home for a visit this past June, I caught him in her yard picking plums from the plum tree (mom’s yard boasts a few trees and black berry bushes). He immediately tried to run fearing that he’d been caught for “stealing”. I’d seen the kid around a few times and didn’t bother him. He seemed to be a lot more disturbed that I caught him in the act. At 2 am this morning I got a revelation about finding this little boy in my mom’s yard that afternoon. He wasn’t stealing. He was feeding his...

My 3 Day Juice Cleanse with LoveGrace

Mon, Oct, 2013  Posted by sherrell  1 Comment »
My 3 Day Juice Cleanse with LoveGrace I am not a disciplined or organized eater.  Daily meals are a hodgepodge of whatever I can muster from the bottom of the fridge that has yet to turn. Or, if I’m desperately in need of NOT reaching my savings goals, I make my meal selections from one of ten over-priced restaurants in my neighborhood. Since before I can remember my diet has varied much like my weight. Now that I’m over a quarter of a century old I believe it’s high time I kick my bad eating habits so that I’ll feel better in both my clothes and my skin. Ask and you’ll receive and thankfully the generous folks at LoveGrace reached out to offer me a three-day juice...

New Eco-Glam Giveaway! NOYA Kosher Lip Balm

Mon, Oct, 2013  Posted by sherrell  2 Comments »
New Eco-Glam Giveaway! NOYA Kosher Lip Balm I’m writing this post 38,000 feet in the air heading to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Eco conference. I loathe airplane air and the oppressors of my already severely dry skin. Thankfully, my lips have yet to succumb to their usual flaking and dehydration thanks in part to my new found love affair with NOYA lip balm. It’s been a full week since I stumbled across the all-natural kosher product and I’m happy to report that they’ve done me good. I’m a very discerning lip balm lover mostly because I can only stick to one or two brands. All others tend to cause my lips to break out become overly dry.  The NOYA balm has done neither....

Recipe: Wilted Spinach, Smoked Salmon and Egg Bake

Sun, Sep, 2013  Posted by sherrell  No Comments »
Recipe: Wilted Spinach, Smoked Salmon and Egg Bake Living single in a small city has its perks. For starters, my rent is cheaper and I know most of my neighbors. On the flip side, eating relatively healthy is a bit cumbersome for a foodie like me who tends to cave in to my slightly dominating compulsive eating habits that no one can really see because…. well, I live alone.  Mealtimes are just me, my dirty little eating secrets, and a short trip to Yummly.com. It is on this website I’ve found food salvation. Gluttony aside I am working hard to keep track of my calories and invest in healthy foods while ditching my hidden stash of Milano cookies that seem to permanently find their way...