For many naturals, the summertime — with its high humidity, tropical vacations and water sports — signals the advent of protective style season. Who wants to contend with the effects of salt air or summer rain, when the goal is to be as carefree and look as effortless as possible? Point taken.

Curls and coils are already unpredictable. One product change can make or break your style regardless of the season. Add humidity to the equation and it’s like playing Russian Roulette every time you step outside. And in the era of social media posts, Zoom calls and unexpected Face-times…

Scrolling through your social media timeline — if it’s anything like mine — the pictures of Mexico are ubiquitous. The city of Tulum, in particular, exploded during the pandemic as the getaway of choice for American tourists. Once considered a destination that was off-the-beaten path from Cancún, Tulum is now the full-fledged star of Mexican tourism.

But if Tulum is a star, then the coronavirus is a supporting character. In January, Time Magazine reported that “COVID-19 has infected some 16,000 people in the state of Quintana Roo, which includes Cancún [and Tulum], claiming over 2,000 lives. …

“Sedona will kick your ass,” Margaret, our spiritual vortex guide, warned us (more on the vortexes later). “It will reveal things to you.” As we approached the red rocks of Sedona, the formations took on a purplish hue. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. The sun’s shadow, when cast against the rocks, gave them an ethereal quality that is to be witnessed and not merely described. I knew right then, that I had come to the right place.

The rocks and canyons of Sedona have been beckoning me for some time. And self discovery — spurred by growing COVID…

by Karen J. Francis

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.” — Proverbs 22:1

When my parents moved to America from Grenada in the 1970s, everything about this country seemed exotic and sophisticated to them. Coming from humble beginnings in a third world nation, they wanted to fit in as quickly as they could. Of course they were proud of their island of origin, but in their minds, America was “the greatest country in the world.” Their ambition and desire to succeed here manifested into an unspoken pressure…

Karen Francis

Freelance culture writer with bylines in Essence, HuffPost, The Root & Blavity. Entertainment lawyer, so culture rules everything around me (C.R.E.A.M.).

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