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Bumbling Around With Online Dating

(Note: Originally written for a class in the Fall 2016 semester. I have decided to edit and update it for my blog.) Back in September of last year, I tried online dating. Actually, I tried a dating app, but I lump them together in the same category. Being new to the San Francisco, I thought I should give a new pool of men a try, and leave my pessimistic views on dating back in Los Angeles. With my encouraging, and rather enthusiastic, roommate cheering me on, I dove into the online dating world, with a load of skepticism, but willing to open up to the possibilities before me. Fortunately, there is not as much stigma associated with online dating as there was in the past. In fact, with platforms like Bumble, Tinder, OkCupid, and the like, dating, meeting, and “hooking-up” via online is quite the acceptable norm. Let’s look at the numbers. On any given day of the week, you could do a Google search and find plenty of statistics on the number of people …

From Moonlight to The Limelight: Joi McMillon is the first Black, female to be Nominated for an Oscar in the Editing Category.

Academy Award season has swept across Tinseltown, and is the trending topic in news feeds across social media platforms. But this year, there is a new sensation in the air as Hollywood seems to be making strides towards more diversity and consciousness. With films like “Moonlight,” “Fences,” and “Hidden Figures” getting best picture nominations, this is a welcomed change considering this hot button issue has been one of deep seeded strife and conversation. One may recall last year’s #SoWhite boycott that encouraged Black Hollywood and other POC to boycott the awards in protest to nominees. However, this inclusion goes beyond nominating movies featuring Black leading actors to include those minds who make the final movie the product the audience sees on the silver screen. One notable nomination is that of Joi McMillon, who is the first Black female to be nominated for an award in the editing category.

Happy Birthday: Darling Afflatus turns 1 year old

Happy Birthday to you, Darling Afflatus! I’ll keep this brief. As I am sure you have figured out, today is the 1 year anniversary of launching this blog. I am rather proud of this milestone, because that means I have consistently written on one platform for 12 months, which was a personal goal I set for myself. I can say with confidence that I have published at least one article for these past 12 months, and I plan on keeping up this standard and surpassing it. Darling Afflatus has gone threw some visual changes, and has evolved in its looks – with a long way still yet to go. The intention is to continue to improve its appearance, until it reflects the mood and level of professionalism I am hoping to convey. I also hope to improve my writing while still maintaining my personality. Furthermore, the purpose for which I began this blog, has now come and it is time to realize it. I am full of excitement and nervousness, and when I get the …

In Love with Love

I was going through old photos of my trip to Paris, France this past May, when I came across this picture taken while I was at the Louvre. Its a sculpture of Eros and Psyche in an embrace. This was my favorite of all the Greek myths when I was a little girl. I memorized it. I even wrote a short-story, modern day version of if for my final project in college when I took a course on children’s literature. I remember being in that museum, with hundreds of works of art to see, but only had eyes for this one sculpture. I must have spent 20 minutes at least, just admiring it, snapping pictures of it, and adoring every angle of it. I circled the sculpture several times, trying to commit every detail to memory as I captured them on camera. My favorite thing about this piece is that it is depicting the final resolution to the climax of the story! After proving her love and devotion, and owning up to her mistake, Psyche is forgiven by Eros, who …