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Rupi Kaur-style poem states “No matter what you do you’re bound to piss someone off, so you might as well do what you want anyway.” A yellow smiley face is in the corner.
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no matter what you do
you’re bound to piss
someone off

so you might as well
do what you want anyway

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Author’s Note:

Over the past week, multiple people, that I do not know, have been taking time out of their day to pick fights with me over my opinions and get big mad — through the internet! Through a screen!

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My titles and descriptions make it as clear as those transparent electronics from the 2000s as to what my articles are about. …

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Freelancers, ensure that your contract is clear about what you charge for meetings, what kind of meetings they’ll be (in-person, video call, phone call, and so on),and when you plan on having them.

When given the option to waste your time, clients will waste your time.

Whether it’s conference calls that become hours long or “can I pick your brain” Zoom sessions that turn you into their unpaid consultant, some clients won’t value your labor until you do it first.

Reminding them that the“impromptu Zoom call” they’re requesting will be charged by the minute will help them get to the…

Screenshot from “Really Love” official trailer

You ever watched a movie and felt like it was made for you — that an algorithm built that bad boy to perfectly fit your interests? I felt that way watching Angel Kristi Williams’ feature directorial debut Really Love on Netflix.

Its star-studded cast is almost exclusively Black and ridiculously talented: Kofi Siriboe, Uzo Aduba, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, Michael Ealy, etc. The movie’s set in DC, with its soundtrack reflecting its setting. And — it’s about art. Swoon.

It’s so nice to see a Black movie about Black people living normal-ass lives. Although Really Love touches on race relations, it…

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In my September writing goals blog post, I revealed that I wanted to choose an idea for NaNoWriMo during September. NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, challenges writers to pen 50,000 words of a brand new novel during November.

To minimize the stress of picking an idea to pursue, I gave myself an entire month to develop story ideas — and inevitably choose. Once October 1st hits, I can hit the ground running with novel planning.

I spent a decent amount of time consuming content, seeing if any ideas that inspired me. I watched a ton of TV…

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Throughout my first year on Medium, I’ve gotten more feedback on my work than ever before. Most comments are lovely, but occasionally I get a hate comment. *insert dramatic dun dun DUH!*

Sometimes, I want to put my paws up and go toe for toe in the comments section — dedicating hours towards changing this faceless, nameless person’s mind. Recently, I came across a quote that encouraged me to take a different approach.

On Goodreads, the quote is attributed to author Shannon L. …

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One Saturday afternoon, my boyfriend and I checked out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ “The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse” exhibition.

Curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, the exhibition is described as “aesthetic impulses of early 20th-century Black culture that have proved ubiquitous to the southern region of the United States.”

Screenshot from “Have Mercy”

Chlöe, one half of the R&B duo Chlöe & Halle, released her debut solo single “Have Mercy” and it is a banger. I’ve enjoyed seeing “Have Mercy” gain momentum on TikTok for the past few weeks.

Over 800 thousand TikToks have used Chlöe’s track — and we love a viral moment. It’s all led up to today’s (September 10th) release of the full song and video.

The “Have Mercy” video is quality from every angle: dancing, looks, cinematography, leading man, it’s all *chef’s kiss*.

Chlöe came to slay and she did that — period. Whatever training Beyoncé’s team…

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Your favorite Medium baddie has, finally, hit 1000 followers. Time for a little retrospection — and an impromptu dance party!!!

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Whether you pressed that follow button last night or last year, I’m so thankful you’re rocking with me. You may not know this, but I’ve been writing on the internet for almost 14 years.

My first time sharing my writing online was through a forum about the R&B group B5 back in 2007.

Nia Simone McLeod

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