via The Female Lead

The Necessity of Consciously Inclusive Leadership (Forbes): It matters now more than ever, check yourself.

I’m A First-Generation Indian American Woman. I Married Into A Family Of Trump Supporters (Huffington Post): Damn.

Momfluencer Content Enrages Me. Why Can't I Look Away? (Harper's Bazaar): So that's why. 

Unpacking the Racism of Digital Blackface in the Information Age (YouTube): Interesting take on something we're seeing more and more.

The SATC Reboot Will be Addressing COVID (The Cut): The author's prediction for how the characters will handle COVID had me rolling.

The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friends (The Atlantic): This perfectly articulates what I miss the most about going into the office, and why I felt so emotional when Whole Foods brought back my cheese guy.

Where Americans Will Go When They Can WFH Forever (Slate): What variables are economists looking at to figure out where everyone's gonna go? 

2021.1.31 Sunday Reading List

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Raise your hand if watching videos of Kamala Harris getting sworn in and online shopping are the only things making you feel human rn!  Here's the stuff I've liked lately (related):

👚Wearing: Kamala Harris' niece Meena is having a moment and I pre-ordered this "Pro Science, Pro Dolly" sweatshirt from her Phenomenal Woman campaign. 

Last week I had to go to the DMV (I don't even want to talk about it) and rewarded myself with a trip to Athleta - I bought this Coaster Luxe sweater because is the softest thing that has ever touched my skin (PS I feel good about shopping at Athleta because of their actions around inclusivity, their efforts to elevate BIPOC voices, and their sustainability as recognized by their B Corp status)

🍪Eating: Ordered Girl Scout cookies from New York's Troop 6000, a troop that supports the thousands of girls in the NYC homeless shelter system - 100% of proceeds from the cookies go to support the girls' experience. Also, I'm #TeamPeanutButterPaddy NOT do-si-do.

Trying to cut down on red meat and am real into this easy coconut curry shrimp stir fry from Clean Foodie Cravings.

📚Reading: Currently reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams from Winter Book Club: Black Authors and loving it. TIME described it as Bridget Jones meets Americanah and I couldn't think of a more accurate description.

🎧Listening: The podcast I'm Not a Monster follows a BBC journalist over four years as he investigates an American woman who ended up at the center of ISIS caliphate - this is a wild ride.

My friend recommended the Natal podcast about having a baby while Black in the US, and it's an especially important listen for allies. Gateway episode: Two- Roots of the Black Birthing Crisis.

🎶On Repeat: Sometimes I think I was meant to be a Gen-Z and this Billie Eilish x Olivia Rodrigo mashup has me feeling a LOT of feelings.

🍷Drinking: I just finished a bottle of McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc and also really enjoyed their Black Girl Magic NV Sparkling Brut. A lot of yall recommended their canned wines which I'm going to add to my Valentine's day order. 

Stuff I like RN

Monday, January 25, 2021


On this MLK Day, I hope everyone takes time to learn what Martin Luther King, Jr. was truly about, the resistance he faced, and the way history repeats itself. I hope white allies take his words into consideration and step outside the comfort of living as a white moderate. I posted more about this here.

When the FBI Spied on MLK (The Atlantic): The extent to which the FBI surveilled MLK and their attempts to discredit him are important to understand as we engage in activism now. 

The Connection Between Wellness Influencers and the QAnon (Cosmopolitan): The more I learn about QAnon the less I understand.

Related: How Country Wives Got into Hot Water After the Capitol Siege (Vanity Fair): Raise your hand if you're surprised.

154,000 Black Women Left the Workforce in December (Huffpost): What is behind this crisis.

They Say This Isn't America, but for most it is (Harper's Bazaar): We are so quick to deny our legacy.

The Murky World of Moderation on Clubhouse (Vanity Fair): Jury's still out for me on Clubhouse (is it more than an old-school chatroom that uses audio instead of typing?). I think I'll stay on my beloved Reddit where the mods truly rock. But this is an interesting look into how far moderation should go, and how it can look.

How to Hold Your Company Accountable to Its Promise of Racial Justice (HBR): Practical steps with case studies.

2021.1.18 Sunday Reading List

Monday, January 18, 2021

Last week was intense and our country's white supremacy was on full display as white terrorists stormed the Capitol, some with the assistance of the same police that tear gassed/arrested/rubber bulleted/flash banged/injured mostly peaceful BLM protestors just a few short months ago. There is so to understand and with this, here are some resources that have helped me unpack the events of the last week:


For teachers/parents:

PBS NewsHour: Classroom resource: Three ways to teach the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

NYC DOE January 6, 2021 Resource Guide

For people managers:


The Daily: How They Stormed Congress talks through first-hand perspectives of the day and where the security planning went so wrong.

Reveal: The Evolution of All American Terrorism discusses what the government has done to stop domestic terrorism.

Reply All: #166 Country of Liars breaks down Q-Anon and the Q scam, big players in what went down last week.

Pod Save America: Two Americas provides perspective on last week from former Obama aides and journalists.


The Atlantic: A Christian Insurrection. As a Christian, I was horrified but not surprised to terrorists "marching in the name of God". Interviews with pastors and demonstrators on both sides provide some insight.

The Washington Post: ‘The storm is here’: Ashli Babbitt’s journey from capital ‘guardian’ to invader. How it happens.

Vox: Whiteness is at the core of the insurrection. We all saw it coming.

From my Sunday Reading ListBlack Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist-Ass Terrorists"

IG Accounts

Perspectives and processing:









A Christian Take





White Rage by Carol Anderson recounts the white violence throughout history that has formed our country. I thought of this book every time I heard a surprised white "this isn't our America!"

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad breaks down elements of white supremacy and provides action steps to do the work on ourselves. 

unpacking the siege on the capitol

Monday, January 11, 2021

The beginning of 2021 comin in hot - hope everyone was able to log off and practice some self care over the weekend. Here's what I've been reading this week: 

How to Talk with Your Team About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol (HBR): The worst thing leaders can do right now is stay silent and allow teams to fill in the blanks. This article provides templates and talking points. Also helpful is this from Great Place to Work's blog.

How to Talk to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol (NPR): Related to above.

These Black Capitol Police Officers Describe Fighting Off "Racist-Ass Terrorists" (Buzzfeed): Heartbreaking.

Prison inmates raise money to pay high school student's tuition (WaPo): A feel-good read for the week.

The Journalist and the PharmaBro (Elle): This story of people making their lives worse by doing things completely in their control is a nice distraction (also remember PharmaBro??)

Menu Prices Will Go Up With a Higher Minimum Wage. But You’ve Been Underpaying for Years (Eatery): Worth noting that the majority of people who would be impacted by a higher minimum wage are women and people of color.

Soul Cycle's Downfall (Vox): Well that was fast.

Influencers' Responsibility in Times of Crisis (Buzzfeed): Silence is violence.

Vogue's Kamala Harris cover photos spark controversy: 'Washed out mess' (The Guardian): I cannot believe we still have to explain this in 2021. An off topic delightful tidbit from this article: 

Harris’s appearance on the Vogue cover is likely to attract the attention of Donald Trump, who complained last month that his model wife, first lady Melania Trump, had not graced a single magazine cover in his four years in the White House, having been snubbed by “elitist snobs” in the fashion industry.

2020.1.10 Sunday Reading List

Sunday, January 10, 2021