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The Kinloch Doc – What? When? Where? Why?

  What Documentary about the past/current condition of Missouri’s First Black City – Kinloch. If anyone is familiar with Kinloch, what they know, think they know, and what they’ve heard, more often than not will be extremely negative. From its history of corruption within local government to its over exaggerated crime to its decimated tax base and land saturated with garbage, these instances do hold some truth but do not tell the entire story of Kinloch. This documentary aims to share its historic makeup as a city of all Blacks – educators, entrepreneurs, congregations, community members,…

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Checking In: Where’s Alana Been?

I know I know. There’s been a nice lapse in between my last blog post and now. I have these seasons where my desire to write is on 1000 and other seasons where it refuses to leave my brain. At the end of the day, here I’m is 🙂 and while the site has been quiet for a minute, my real life has been the complete opposite. “Alana, what have you been up to?” I’m so glad you asked. Well, Ya Girl Got Married On September 29, 2018, the #DNALoveAffair was live and full effect. Definitely…

Wings N Tings: 2nd Annual Lemon Pepper Kick Back STL (Recap)

Stacey Pugh, STL native and founder of  Hunni Pop (digital platform that specializes in everything from brand management to media) hosted the 2nd annual #LemonPepperKickBackSTL. Inspired by Issa Rae’s random Lemon Pepper Kick Back last year, she decided to replicate it and create the same vibes for her STL folk.  If you missed it, I don’t know what to tell you. The event took place at the two-story sports bistro, Champs on Jefferson, leaving guests with a choice to enjoy a round of uno on the main floor or put in a request with the beautiful…

Happy First-Gen College Student Day

Happy First Generation College Student Day. If you don’t know what today is, don’t feel bad. It is fairly new but very much important. On November 8, 2017, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Center for First-Generation Student Success launched the very first, First-Gen College Celebration. While long overdue, I am excited that we are getting the celebratory recognition that we so much deserve. Far too often and for far too long, any and every piece of literature regarding First-Gen students lumps us in to a group of individuals that are all to…

My Wedding Gown Wasn’t My First Choice

I hadn’t been engaged for two seconds before I fell knee-deep into looking at wedding gowns on IG. Granted, I had envisioned my wedding day before, but I would always stop myself before I got too deep in thought because, well, I wasn’t engaged yet (shrugs). It’s a completely different feeling looking at wedding gowns just for fun than when you are actually planning a wedding – like night and day. Anywho: I already had an idea of the type of wedding gown I would want. I knew I had a type – mermaid/silhouette of course.…

Mama Lana and Addy Paddy Take Eckert’s Farm

Since wedding planning is officially over and I’ve had a few weeks to settle in, I am being more intentional about the quality time I spend with my ace Addy Paddy. We spent this past Sunday at Eckert’s Millstadt Farm – about 30 minutes outside of St. Louis. While it was Addy’s second time going, this was actually my first time ever visiting (I’m 28-years-old so I know that says a lot). St. Louis weather continues to be fickle and the air was crisp to the fingertips this afternoon, but none the less, I actually enjoyed…