Dear Decade,

As I am sitting here writing this last blog post of 2019, I am in awe at how far I have come in this decade. Honestly, even in the last few months of this almost expired year, life has taken me in, and has given me lessons that I never thought could be taught to me. For these lessons I feel blessed, because no matter how many times I had to try and fail, I still tried. And child, don’t even get me started on the L’s. No amount of losses that I THOUGHT I took could ever compare to each lesson I learned that will mold and shape my future. That in itself has made me all the more grateful.

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At the start of this year, I had everything that I thought was making me happy. Ya’ll know… the usual things like money, fast friends, etc. If you guys have any older spiritual influences in your life like I do (Hey Saints!), then you will have heard the expression, “The devil comes dressed as everything you’ve ever wanted.” And sure enough, he did. My personal demons at the start of this year had me in such a dark place. I was feeding off of my own false happiness because at the time, it ‘looked’ like what I thought I was missing. And then I was self-diagnosed with a spiritual food poisoning. I was sick to say the least. Here’s a lesson for you, kids: Happiness fades, but joy is forever. The happiness that I had become to know and love so well, would often be tampered with by those things and people who were responsible for giving it to me in the first place! My faith was tested so many times, and in full honesty, it also wavered. But believe me when I say that throughout the rest of the year, I became to be the prodigal daughter. Faith can be renewed!

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At the beginning of 2019, I think I was ashamed to be my true self. I would shut down my own ideas before giving them the slightest chance to flourish, and all because I was fearful! Comparison is truly the thief of joy. Here’s a news flash for you friends; do whatever feels right to you and makes you happy. You will never truly live your own life if you are living to meet the expectations of others. Shall I go on with even more content for this topic?

I had the degree. I had the job that was paying me more than enough, and yet I was miserable. I took a leap of faith to find a job that would better suit my education. I am not even ashamed to say that I recently quit that job too, because I have never been happier! I was super afraid to be unemployed, but I think I was even more afraid to hear the opinions about me, a college graduate with no job. And then I realized that I was the author of my own life, and decided that my joy was worth far more than the opinions of others.

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I started this blog while at my last place of employment, and it gave me the freedom I had been missing for so long. Although media and writing has been a silent passion of mine, it is now coming out loud and clear, love. Being able to build my own platforms that allow me to do whatever I feel represents me the most was my biggest aha moment of this past decade. I am literally doing what I LOVE. I had a professor in college who had a lecture about life. Topic: “You can literally do whatever the fuck you want. Literally.” It was a cool lecture back then, but it’s really hitting hard right now. After expounding on my first passion, which is writing, I began hosting my podcast. It is currently streaming on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. I am also now moving into music management, but I will have to keep those details for later on in 2020.

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Growing up, myself and others alike were always force-fed this asinine idea that showing the slightest bit of personality on Al Gore’s internet would ban you from making any type of living. I wish that whoever stumbles upon this article can somehow imagine me rolling my eyes at this point. In the latter part of this decade, as well as the future moving forward, so many people made a name for themselves by just truly being who they are. Who knew that sharing your personality with complete strangers on the internet could possibly make you a millionaire? Well now I am claiming that next spot!

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Each obstacle in 2019 that was overcome, has now become my blueprint for 2020. I have learned to speak life over any situation, whether good or bad.

In lieu of me sharing my own manifestations with you all, maybe this blog post will inspire someone to do what they have feared for so long. Every person in life will go through some type of hard time, or experience some type of struggle. The differences in each of us will determine whether we will go through it, or grow through it. I encourage you to grow! Make every day of this new year and new decade be everything YOU need it to be.

Want to stay connected with me? Follow me on Instagram @myrichambition and Facebook @ My Rich Ambition

Rhythm and Flow

Before I get started, did y’all watch Rhythm and Flow on Netflix? If not, y’all can exit stage left until further notice. There will be some spoilers!


Netflix’s first ever hip-hop talent show, Rhythm and Flow, premiered earlier this month. Judges T.I., Chance The Rapper, and Cardi B went on a search to find rap’s next super star. Each judge visited their hometown (Atlanta,Chicago, and New York) to see what their city had to offer. They also identified with a person that they felt stood out the most during their visit home. The show was actually filmed in Los Angeles, so guest judge, Uncle Snoop Dogg, helped to choose some candidates from his hometown as well.

Like any competition show, you get a background story on a few of the contestants. You know every competition has to show a few story lines here and there, chile. Like I stated previously, each judge had a person that they felt was a strong candidate. I myself had my favorites. And I have my reasons, too. This show was beyond entertaining! You could go from laughing out loud to being in a living room concert within five minutes, y’all. My list ranges from the most underrated, to my all time favorite. Let’s get to it:

5. Sam Be Yourself:

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My boy Sam is EASILY one of the most underrated contestants on the show. Y’all know I’m always rooting for the underdog. Although Sam Be Yourself May not have been the best fit to be the next biggest rap star, he does have the work ethic, and the talent to take him even further. Like seriously, he plays the guitar, piano, makes beats, and the list goes on people! I see many producer credits in my crystal ball for this young man. Detroit definitely has another native to be proud of.

4. BigMouf’ Bo

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Sorry to everyone else, but this girl was one of my favorites, just based on personality alone. During her rap battle episode, Bo got into an argument with another contestant after she thought someone was laughing at her. From my standpoint, it seemed to be a matter of miscommunication, HOWEVER it made for great TV. (I’m laughing just thinking about it). Like, I was in tears, y’all. She was eliminated shortly after, but she definitely used the time she had to make people remember her.

3. Flawless Real Talk


As it turns out, Flawless Real Talk isn’t so new to being in the spotlight. The Rhode Island rapper was featured on BET’s HIP HOP Awards Cypher just last year. Now I’m going to keep it a buck with y’all, and say I thought Flawless was a little weak in his earlier performances. He definitely proved himself as the competition began to escalate. His performance with Jhené Aiko covering ‘Stay Ready’ was EVERYTHING.

2. Beanz

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I was so disappointed when Beanz didn’t make it further in the competition. She definitely deserved to be in the top 5 contestants. Honestly y’all, when she said she was a monster, I doubted her. Never judge a book by its cover! She ATE during her cypher challenge.

1. D Smoke

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Y’all should have known I would save the best for last! From beginning to end, D Smoke showed the talent of a true artist and performer. He undeniably deserved to be the winner. In fact, I knew he was going to win the moment he rapped in Spanish. Yes, y’all. A bilingual rapper. I have to be honest here… his finale performance killed everybody’s. He went from being a Spanish and music theory teacher in Inglewood, CA to being a rising superstar. Congratulations to this man!

I was definitely here for this first season of Rhythm and Flow. I know Netflix is really going to bring the heat with a second season. All I ask is that they keep the same panel of judges. (Like my opinion matters). If you haven’t watched the show yet, don’t worry honey, it’s still on Netflix. You call also stream the top 8 finalists’ performances on Tidal, and download the soundtrack on Apple Music. You’re welcome.

Reply in the comments below with your favorite.

Talk About It: Jesus Is King

After much anticipation, Kanye West released his 9th studio Album, Jesus Is King, late last night. Originally, the album was set to debut in late September, and then most recently on October 25. According to Ye, the delay was due to fixing some mixes on the project. We all know how controversial Kanye West can be, and he doesn’t miss a beat. It’s only been about 23 hours since the release of the album. Of course, everyone has already formed their opinions, so let’s talk about it.

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Now, y’all already know Kanye is getting bashed SUPER hard for releasing a gospel album, because he isn’t a gospel artist. There are those who believe that he is playing church for streams and likes, and there are those who believe that Ye has truly found his deliverance. R&B singer Tank, went as far as to say that, Kanye was being disrespected by not having his album on the Gospel charts because he has a higher calling.

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Here’s my take on the whole thing:

So far, I have listened to the whole album twice, and counting. It keeps getting better every time. The album itself is only 11 songs long (27 minutes). It was short, and sweet, but carried a large message. Jesus is King was Kanye’s way of coming out as a full-fledged Christian, so to speak. In his song, ‘On God’, he mentions that until this revelation, he’s been living an un-Godly life. If you’ve listened to any of his music prior to this album, you would know that his faith in God has been evident from the beginning. It’s never been a secret. My guess is that now, since he has dedicated a whole album to his religion, people are taking issue with it?

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Musically, I vibe with Kanye. The album was bomb, and I see it doing NUMBERS. I honestly feel that he is super talented, and sometimes, his outward persona, as well as people’s premature perceptions of him tend to get in the way of his talent. The world’s most infamous geniuses, whether in music or in knowledge, are always perceived as ‘crazy’, and are then left to over explain themselves to people who could never truly comprehend. I think Kanye was a hurt person plagued by mental illness, and his only way to express himself was with his faith in God, through his music. Sounds triumphant to me.

I have always identified myself with the Christian faith, however I like to think of myself as more spiritual than religious. It’s not really my job to judge another man, because ultimately, that won’t land me a spot in heaven. Everybody’s faith walk is different. If this man has truly found himself in God, why question that? And if he hasn’t, it really isn’t up to anyone to decide that besides God. How many of y’all are out here spreading the word of Christ? (Crickets) oh, okay.

I’m not saying I’m going to pack up my things and join his Sunday service or anything like that. All I’m saying is… the man undeniably produces great music. His personal life and views aside.

So. What is y’alls favorite song off the album? Mine is Hands On.

Who Ate All the Red Velvet?

This week I appear to be seamlessly taking L’s. I mean L’s across the board, y’all. Are you wondering which one hit me the hardest? This is kind of an emotional time in my life, so I feel your understanding and patience from wherever you are in the world, and I appreciate you. Y’all… Publix is SOLD OUT of their Premium Red Velvet Cake ice cream.

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I know, I know. Third world problems, right? WRONG! I channel every fiber of Drake’s whole being when I say, I’m upset. Seriously. Please don’t judge me, y’all. It’s just really that good. So good in fact, that last night I went to the four closest Publix stores near my house. (That last statement was made with absolutely no shame.) Let’s retract for a moment. I think I need to explain how this whole thing happened.