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Finding love, having a baby…they are both still miracles, albeit commonplace.

(The following is a post from Valentine’s Day 2019:)

Being in a loving, long-term relationship, having babies… they’re all miracles that are so commonplace and easily entered into for most people that most take them for granted.

I was talking about this with a friend a while ago about marriage and…


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Also, time is a colonial construct.

I have, on my running to-do list as the Director of Inclusion at my organization, to increase cultural competency amongst my team members. This to-do list was born out of our eagerness and enthusiasm and commitment to inclusion. We are known for action, and we wanted to make sure…


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Responding to hateration and holleration in the dancery (sometimes like Tabitha Brown, and sometimes not)

“I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far. this olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved nor does it define who I am as an athlete. I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years , the word quitter is not in my vocabulary. …


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Alt title: The perfect sequel to my viral post from 2017 (and congrats Jeannie!)

“You’re not emotionally ready. That’s why you don’t want to have children.”

Emotionally ready?

When Jeannie Mai’s pregnancy news was shared today, I thought back to this recent conversation with my aunt about my lack of desire to procreate. …


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Apparently, our relationships with soap and water vary (*cough* Ashton Kutcher *cough*), and the conversation is steeped in privilege.

“Yuh bade yet?”

Part of being raised in a Jamaican household meant being interrogated by your parents and frequently accosted with this question.

Jamaican parents often check-in with their children and ask them many things (“Yuh tek up yuh book fram mawnin?” “Yuh couldn’t wash up di two likkle plates…


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The way in which we work was not working. We now have an opportunity to change that, but will we — can we — seize it?

“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new…


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But also, having some is a good idea. Let your success make the noise.

It will never not irk me when people suggest that Black women should act a certain way. Whether it’s wearing bonnets or not acting out during a tennis match— I just wish people would leave Black women alone and let us be.

And I know, I know — people will…


I’ve also never had coffee. The things I’ve never done don’t mean what you think they do, Ellen McRae.

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Like Ellen McRae, I’m thirty-three and female. Unlike Ellen McRae, I’m single. I’ve also never had sex. You could say that I’m an anomaly. A social misfit if you will.

I haven’t done everything that I “should” have. At some point, in the not too distant future, I will probably…


I keep hearing Simone referred to as a “young girl.”

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“Leave that young girl alone!”

“For such a young girl, she has done a lot…”

“That girl is under a lot of pressure.”

Girl, girl, girl, girl, girl.

She may be just under 5 feet but she is twenty-four years old. She is a leader and she is a professional…

Simone Samuels

I like big stories and I cannot lie. Authentic, transparent musings & connecting with others so we can all feel less alone. https://linktr.ee/simonesamuels

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