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Anissa D. Blair is an Atlanta-based author and blogger with a passion for writing and being a mother and wife. In her blog, "Straight, No Chaser," she represents everyday women "just trying to cope doing average s---" and covers all topics — from the good, the bad and the ugly of navigating through life’s obstacles and roadblocks, to building and keeping successful relationships while trying to maintain your sanity. No taboo topics here. You can read her work at rollingout.com/anissa/ and follow her on social media @anissadblair on Instagram and @anissablair on Facebook.

How to navigate co-parenting during the holidays

(Photo credit: Shutterstock / fizkes) Parents across the country are grappling with the realities that the holidays are here. It’s time to have those difficult conversations with your ex about the visitation schedule. How do you co-parent with someone you can’t stand? The fact that we have to add COVID-19 into the mix adds to…

Life coach Debbie L. London prescribes remedy for ‘generational trauma’

How do you overcome generational trauma? Life coach Debbie L. London defines generational trauma as “inherited negative patterns passed down within the bloodline that continue to go unaddressed.” It can be created when trying to make an effort to escape the past in an unhealthy way. She knows firsthand the steps required to move beyond…

White gaze on Black America

How do we change the cultural perception that White America has of Black women? Yes, I’m rocking braids, cornrows or an Afro, but I’m still beautiful, intelligent and, above all, a woman of color. I’m also a reality TV junkie. I tuned into “The Bachelorette.” Ten agonizing minutes later, I admitted defeat and turned the…

When will the buffoonery end?

When will the buffoonery end? While we deal with anxiety from awaiting the 2020 Presidential election results and anxiously anticipate the increase in COVID-19 cases, some Black people manage not to keep their eye on the game. As the world witnessed, Kanye West made a failed attempt to become the next president. Interestingly enough, he…

New money: Surrendering to a materialistic world

Rapper Saweetie threw shade at real men on a recent Instagram live with boyfriend Quavo, stating, “and if he not getting you a Birkin, and if he not paying for your bills, then throw that n—- back to the streets. OK?” The Birkin, a high-end tote bag created by French designer Hermès, is known as…

Blackfishing: The ultimate insult to the African American community

Have White women profited from looking Black? The social media trolls were not happy about Ayesha Curry’s recent hair transformation from brunette to platinum blonde. While she added “temporarily” in the caption to her picture, the damage was already done. Comments ranged from nice ones praising the new look to nasty ones accusing her of…

Dear Black men: We need you

(Photo credit: Shutterstock.com / Laurin Rinder) Megan Thee Stallion hit us with a deep conversation about protecting Black women. Throughout history, there have been countless times that our voices have been squashed and our bodies have been victimized. Why are we forgotten? Why is our worth questionable? After the vice presidential debate, the customary “angry…

Cuffing during a pandemic

It’s cuffing season. Urban Dictionary defines it as “the time of year when people are looking to be in a relationship.” Promiscuity is packed up and put away like your summer shorts and halters. Days are shorter and the nights get colder. Is your bed empty? With the holiday season quickly approaching, desperation may set…

Sticking together after a miscarriage

Have you had a miscarriage? According to the March of Dimes, 10 percent to 15 percent of women experience a miscarriage in the first trimester. During the second trimester, the estimate ranges from 13 percent to 19 percent. Identifying clear and concise numbers tend to be more difficult because, in some cases, women have miscarriages…

Black women are victims of an unjust system

Crowds have chanted her name. Social media feeds have been flooded, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. A call for action is demanded but has fallen on deaf ears. Taylor’s killing has sparked a national conversation about death by the police. The outcry continues, and still no arrest. Last week, her family negotiated a settlement with…