Category Archives: Young Professionals

I Want it Now!

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By: Shea Harris

Here lately I’ve been really trying to calm my nerves. Every time God presents me with an idea, I’m ready to jump into it right then and there. Whenever I see a dollar amount that I’d love to have, I want it right then and there. When it comes to anything that I want in my life: it can be materialistic or non-materialistic, I want it. I’ve been trying to weed myself off of this whole instant gratification wave. As a millennial I see accomplishments that can be made in a certain amount of time. Instead of taking my time to get to those accomplishments and sitting through the process, I always want to rush it so I can reap the benefits. It doesn’t help that social media has people portraying instant results or using phrases such as get instant results!

I can only speak for myself, but I’m a bit impatient when it comes to getting what I want. Once I receive what I want, I then want something else. I barely take time out to appreciate what I have in that very moment. I’m always trying to find and search for things to make my life better. Whenever I get what I want and need in my life, I go back asking for more. I always express this fear of getting too comfortable and stagnant in my life but the truth is, I don’t know how to enjoy things. I don’t mean enjoying the fair, a concert or movie. I mean enjoying where I’m at in that moment.

When I lived in Durham, NC, I didn’t really take time to enjoy and see the full potential that the city had to offer me. I honestly was there for work and knew I wouldn’t be there forever. I didn’t actually start to enjoy the city and explore until about 3 months before I moved to Miami. Yes I went to the movies and the mall on my own, but I didn’t tour the Duke Botanical Gardens, hike Eno River State Park or get lost in the city. I pretty much went to work, went to the gym and chilled in my apartment. I didn’t take time out to get to know myself. I was so ready to leave Durham that I didn’t realize the beauty of it until it was too late.

At least once a month I was in Charlotte to see family and friends. I didn’t care about my time in Durham because I knew it was temporary. I made sure that I was making moves and decisions that would push me to progress. Instead of sitting in the moment, I rushed the process and didn’t fully understand why I was placed in Durham. I’d like to think it was to learn more about my industry and bring it to Miami, but I definitely could’ve made a larger impact on people in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Remember to take your time and sit through your transitions. Don’t rush the progress to be made. Rushing into things can often cause you to miss out on others. Take your time and know that progress is a timely thing.

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I Have a Job…Now What?

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By: Shea Harris

For the past 2.5 years I have been a contractor at two separate companies. At the first establishment, I didn’t have any benefits. I was on my parents medical insurance, I didn’t get paid time off, nor was I paid for Holidays. The second establishment, I had amazing benefits: medical insurance, dental insurance, paid time off and I was paid for Holidays! The only downfall was that insurance was too dag on expensive. I hated they took out so much money every two weeks for insurance.

It’s been 1 year and 3 months since I moved to Miami and I finally have a full time job with a salary and amazing benefits! Don’t get me wrong, as a contractor each company treated me like I was a full time employee but it’s something about finally getting the words STAFF on your ID badge. It might be a bit petty, but Lord knows I was tired of seeing CONTRACTOR on my badge every time I reached for it. To add on to the excitement, HR called me the first week of 2017 to let me know I would be converted to a full time staff member (talk about an amazing start to 2017)!

As I accepted the offer I was a bit intimidated with what was coming: I would only be getting paid once a month. Yes, you read that correctly. ONCE. A. MONTH. Ever since I moved to Miami, my coworkers let me know that’s what would occur when I was converted, but my goodness! Preparing for what was to come is completely different than living in it. I’m hopeful that getting paid once a month will help me learn how to budget though. I’ve been trying to budget since 2014, but I’ve failed at it miserably. As I’m typing this post I’m too anxious for March 31st to come so my direct deposit will hit. It is a bit sad though that I’m ready to swipe my card for some retail therapy.

Besides my payment schedule changing, the price of my insurance (medical, dental and vision) has decreased tremendously! When I looked at the total of my insurance and realized all that I would receive, I thought it was a joke. Having bomb benefits just gives me a different outlook on how blessed I am to have this position. I’ve taken on a bit more responsibility, which sounds like a con but its not. All the new things I’m doing will be placed on my resume. I’m meeting more people, building relationships and gaining more knowledge. I hope to continue expanding my knowledge in Clinical Research and continue climbing the ladder of success.

3 Things I’ve Learned About My Biz

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By: Shea Harris

Happy 2017 lovelies! I’ve actually been procrastinating on writing this blog post. I’m low-key a bit ashamed at how things panned out, but it’s about time I let you all know exactly what’s been going on. First things first: it’s not easy running a business at all. Even when you think you have all your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed, something is always going to pop up. Let’s just jump right into it:

You can’t force people to buy your products 

You can post your product multiple times a day, post other people in your product and flood people’s social media, and folks still won’t buy it. Let’s just be honest, people will support your product if the quality is poppin’. For awhile I thought I was doing something wrong when people didn’t order my tee’s. I had to realize that the merchandise would pop off when the timing was right. Forcing merchandise in folks faces doesn’t really help bring the clientele. As long as you continue believing in your merchandise and seeing where it can go, the support will come.

Teespring is NOT for me

I mean, the pink bold words say it all. I tried out Teespring for a few months and it just didn’t deliver the way I wanted it to. I had to sell a minimum of 10 items in order for products to be made and it wouldn’t be delivered to clients until the end of the campaign. For example: if the campaign was for 7 days, the product wouldn’t be delivered until 7 days after the campaign ended. Essentially clients would be waiting 2 weeks until their tee was delivered, unless I didn’t sell 10 or more items. Talk about frustrating! I’m currently placing my shop under construction because I want to find a site that works more with my brand and my clients.

Don’t rush distributing the product

Before promoting my You Do What You Want When You Bloggin’ tee, I bought 5 tees and made replicas of how I wanted the tee to look. One of the tee’s was for myself and the other four were for influencers. I was trying to get my brand out as much as possible and ran into a couple of L’s. The first mistake I made was buying these replica tee’s instead of the real one’s. I ended up spending so much money on them and they came out, to say the least, raggedy. I was so pissed y’all. I was so adamant about getting the product out, I was willing to spend all my money and didn’t really think the process through. I received all this advice, read books, did my own research and was still served an L. At the end of the day, I was rushing to release the product and didn’t take the necessary precautions to make sure round 1 would be smooth sailing. 

Again, I was served an appetizer of L’s during round 1 of Shea What’s Real, but I’m looking forward to what round 2 will bring. Once the shop is back up and running, I’ll be sure to let you all know! Have you all ran into any business problems? What else would you like to see from Shea What’s Real? Let me know below 🙂

Adulting is for the BIRDS.

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By: Shea Harris

In a little over a month I’ll be twentyfine. It’s been two years since I walked across the stage and I’m still as shocked as some family members. I swear time has flown by, it feels like I was just putting on my cheerleading uniform to cheer for a Friday night football game. The past few weeks I’ve been doing a bit of reflecting on my life and can’t help but to think that I might be in a little over my head. I feel like I jumped into the young professional life too quick. Just thinking of all the places I could have gone, things I could be doing and experiencing, I’m just a bit disappointed in being an employee at the moment.

I was in such a rush to become an adult, I’m struggling at an all time high to continue being one. Go to college they said. Get a job they said. Be an adult they said. They lied bruh. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so thankful for my education (and the thousands of dollars of debt I’m in) but I should’ve re-thought this whole adulting thing. I’ve literally been working since I was 16 years old and I clare that’s all I know. In order for me to walk across the stage on graduation day, I had to use a floating holiday. I didn’t go on a “graduation vacation”, or whatever you call it, I went to work the entire week after graduating. I didn’t go on vacation until the 4th of July.

I honestly feel that I’m in this weird space and really tired of being an adult. I’ve been in my industry for a little over 2 years and it’s bit overwhelming. Maybe it’s because I’m a millennial, the fact I’m lazy or simply because I want to live my life! At times I feel a bit held back due to working a full time job and not making time to actually live my life to the fullest. My family and friends always say Shea you’re never home, but if I had more paid time off, I really would never be in Miami. There are so many places I want to travel to, so many people to visit and so many experiences to well…experience!

Now if you take a look at my resume, I’m doing pretty well for myself. Yeah I have a full time job in my industry, get a paycheck, live in Miami and blah blah blah, BUT I haven’t visited all the places I want to visit. Y’all remember that book Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss? Bruh, how can I go places and I’m sitting in this cubicle 40 hours a week? How can I go places and I have to pay to live? How can I…okay you get the point. Let’s just say I wish I would’ve taken my time to jump into this adulthood. If you’re still in college or applying for jobs, I suggest to take your time. Travel to different places, enjoy your vacation, take advantage of living with your parents, take advantage of being in college. Once you walk across that stage and decide to jump into the real world, it’s no turning back.

Do any of y’all share the same sentiments as me or nah? Let me know below. 🙂

 

There Is No Competition

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By: Shea Harris

One of my favorite mixtapes by Fabolous is There Is No Competition 2. I listened to it on the way to work today and honestly forgot how much I loved it. Now I know you’re probably reading this like Fabolous? Girl whet?! To be honest, this man is one of the most underrated musicians whose been out since the early 2000’s. After listening, to get hype for work, I started thinking about some of the songs and applied it to my work life. The mixtape has 20 songs, but I won’t be covering them all. I’m just going to pick some of my fav’s. Let’s jump into it!

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The whole purpose of this mixtape is to inform listeners, folks in the industry and his peers know that he has no competition. This song solely focuses on staying ahead of everyone and ignoring those who are hating or envious. As soon as this song comes on, I start spitting the lyrics like I’m Fab (it’s a bit embarrassing). It’s only right that when we walk into the work place we acknowledge that we are not competing with our coworkers. You are in your own lane for a reason and have your designated responsibilities because you’re great at it! You’re out hear bodying your work related tasks regardless of what unforeseen circumstances may come up. You’re already killing your industry with your confidence, but the added touch of your personality and work ethic buries the naysayers.

Popular Demand

You know how those naysayers won’t let you prosper at work sometimes? Okay let me explain. You have a bomb idea and you express it, but nothing ever comes from it—naysayers not allowing you to prosper. There’s a reason why issues continue to arise and you keep repeating yourself. You’re knowledge, ideas and expertise is back time and time again in the office. I know it can become frustrating to repeat yourself but trust and believe, someone is taking note of everything you’re saying. Change doesn’t happen over night and its rare for new ideas to be implemented as soon as you share them. People come to you and ask for your input because it’s a popular opinion and I’m sure others demand it as well.

For The Money

I mean let’s be honest, it’s nice to be valued and all but you’re really doing this for the money. Work can start wearing and tearing you up at times, but baby you need this to pay bills. You can’t just up and quit because you’re annoyed and not getting paid enough. Now go ahead and jump ship all you want, but make sure the next gig is paying you what you’re worth. If you can help it, try not to just take a job for the money. Make sure passion, love and appreciation are behind the acceptance of your career in your industry. Nothing is more trash than working somewhere that you strongly dislike.

Have any of you listened to this mixtape? Which songs are your fav?

Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

 

3 Lessons

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By: Shea Harris

I can’t believe we are FINALLY moving! Okay, let me not get too ahead of myself. Ever since I started this job in September of 2015, my manager informed me our building was getting renovated and we would be moving to a different floor. Well the day is finally here! Majority of my department will be moving to a different floor in our building. Our new office has brand new furniture, utilities, appliances, you name it!

The whole process of waiting for this day has been a bit dragged out, but I’m glad! I’ve been able to focus on my studies, organize a bit better and gain more knowledge over the past 10 months. As my department prepped for this move, I couldn’t help but become a bit overwhelmed. I had monitors coming to visit during this time, meetings back to back, I needed to pack, it was just becoming a bit much. But during this time, I’ve learned a few things.

Take Things One Day At A Time

Over time I was so worried about when we were moving, where my monitors would be located, where my new seat was, etc., I almost lost sight of things. I needed to take deep breaths and put one foot in front of the other. As fires were beginning to build, I had to put them out one day at a time. I couldn’t look too much towards the future because everything in the present was too important. I couldn’t stress about things that were not complete because I had far more important things to be concerned about.

Organization Is Key

As I packed boxes for out move, I made sure I labeled my boxes with specific content (study number, principal investigator name, etc.). I didn’t want to start off in a new location with my whole work life in shambles. I needed to make sure all of the items I packed would make it to my new work area. In 2015 I was organized, now not so much. I want to start off organized in this new work area and stay organized so that things don’t end up is disarray.

Don’t Depend On Others

I am accountable for myself. I can’t depend on others to make sure my items make it to the new station. I can’t depend on others to know the status of my trials or how I keep everything in order. Everyone has a different way of doing things and Lord knows I’m a bit different when it comes to certain things. In order for me to be confident about where all my items are going, I made my own inventory list to make sure I would hold myself accountable for the items I packed.

 

These three simple things I’ve learned probably don’t seem like much, but they’ve been helpful. I’m excited about this move and I’m excited about where my career is taking me. I feel like the lessons I learned can be applied to many aspects of life, but especially your career. Any lessons you’d like to share? Comment below! 🙂

 

Lemonade Part 2

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Welcome back! I promised you all there would be a part 2 and here we are. If you’re just now joining, be sure to check out Lemonade Part 1. Now that you’re up to speed let’s continue 🙂

Love Drought

Make sure you love what you do. When you feel the love dwindling, try and find something else that may interest you or challenge you at work. There’s nothing worse than going through the motions at work and wondering if you actually love what you do. You can’t necessarily quit because you have to pay rent and feed yourself. You don’t know if you want to continue working at the establishment because it’s just not fun any more. You came into this job loving it and a few months later, you’re feeling ehhh. So do you walk away or stay?

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At my previous place of employment, I had a plan. I knew the department I eventually wanted to transition into. I knew the position I wanted. I felt like I knew it all! I gave myself 5 years to stay in Durham, NC. Now Lord knows I hated Durham and it just wasn’t really the place for me to be. I promised myself I would leave this job until I became a CRA (clinical research associate–monitor for short). Trust me, everything you plan for doesn’t necessarily happen. I just knew I would be traveling the United States and various clinical sites right about now. Obviously my plan wasn’t God’s plan and I had to move in his direction.


Forward
 

When things don’t pan out the way you want them to, you just have to swallow that pill and move forward. If God is telling you to stay still, stay still. If God is telling you to move, move! Now if you want to be stubborn like me and try and follow your plan trust me, God will pick you right up and place you where he wants you to be. Don’t become stagnant in your line of work. Matter fact, don’t become stagnant in your life. Get yourself together and move forward. Stop looking back and feeling bad about not taking another position. What’s done is done and you have to move forward!

Freedom
Now that you have gotten out of your feelings, its time to be proud of yourself. This is something I struggle with to be honest. Everyone around me is so proud of the milestones I’ve completed and I’m just like “Bruh, I’m just out here living”. If you’re not proud of yourself or ashamed of the decisions you’ve made, it’s time to break those chains! Stop letting doubt, insecurity and disappointment hold you back. You are a magnificent person and you know who you are. Stop being chained down by these negative thoughts. Dust your shoulder off and hold your head high!

All Night

Now that your head is high and you are out here popping in these streets, remember to not overwork yourself. So many times in the office we want to prove things not only to others, but to ourselves as well. We promise to make impossible deadlines, we say yes to everyone around us and end up giving ourselves the short end of the stick. Often times we over work ourselves and pull all nighters to finish work or personal projects. Honey, get your rest. If I know one thing that is true, it’s that we need our rest. We need our rest to function appropriately and provide top notch quality. Get you some rest shawty and remember to breathe!


Formation

So we love what we do, followed God’s plan, left behind negative thoughts, have our confidence and rest. What’s next though? I say surround yourself with like minded people if you haven’t already done so. If you have people in your circle who aren’t trying to make moves and stay in the same spot they’ve been in for the past 4 years or more…Bye Felicia. But seriously, everyone isn’t going to be happy for you. Some people are going to be jealous and some are just going to straight up tear you down. If you’re surrounded by those chasing after the money, dreams and goals, you’re bound to succeed together. As Bey said, Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper.

Thank you as always for checking out the post and let me know what you think!

Lemonade Part 1

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By: Shea Harris

In case you were wondering, I’m not going to do a think piece on Lemonade. I feel like the whole blogosphere has done enough of that for me and the next person. Instead I’m going to shift gears and give you another perspective on the visual album. I was looking at the titles of the album and realized a lot of them (and some of the lyrics) can be applied to work. Now just give me a second before you make your way up to the in the top right hand corner, haha!

This post will be broken into two articles, y’all know I’m not a huge fan of extensive posts.

Pray You Catch Me

When applying for jobs we’re always praying that out of the first few jobs we apply to, one will be our employer. Each time I have began applying for jobs I got my hopes up that out of the first batch of applications, one of the positions would be the one! I always envisioned the employer would be running to me with open arms of acceptance. My resume was popping. My experience was lit. For some reason it took several batches of applications for me to get the call for an interview.

Hold Up

I finally got the call for an interview and it felt like I was having heart palpitations.  I’m great at interviews and pretty good at knowing if the employer will really want me to represent their company. The problem occurs when you have multiple interviews though. Don’t be too quick to jump at the first offer on the table because you never know what the next person will offer you. You literally have to chill and pump your breaks before you miss out on your blessing.

Don’t Hurt Yourself

When you have multiple interviews lined up, you also have to be aware of who you are as an individual. Most of the times we’re holding ourselves back from a bomb job and don’t even realize it. During my time in North Carolina I couldn’t figure out why things weren’t going my way. Once I realized I wanted to leave my previous employer, I was so adamant on returning to Charlotte. None of the places I applied to in Charlotte would call me to schedule an interview. I was literally holding myself back by attempting to stay in North Carolina.

Sorry

Once I realized it was time for me to relocate, I began putting myself first. I stopped feeling sorry about leaving my family and friends in North Carolina. I had to finally do what was right for me. I applied to jobs all over the United States and was blessed to be able to move to Miami, FL. Don’t apologize for being selfish and making boss moves on your own. The people who truly support you and your decision to make a better life for yourself will be in your corner no matter what.

6 Inch

The same people I vibed with in North Carolina are still in my corner and encouraging me to continue doing my thing! I began making my own avenue for myself down here and not letting anyone or anything get in my way. When my manager introduced me to my role, I made sure I worked my ass off. No matter what industry you’re in, don’t forget to work hard for your money and work smart for it as well.

Daddy Lessons

Although money is what keeps us fed, clothed, sheltered, etc, keep in my mind…money is not everything. My dad always told me: It’s a whole bunch of people out here with plenty of money that hate their job. Having all the money in the world doesn’t make you happy. I have continued to spread that word to many of my peers because sometimes we can get caught up. We love our material things and cant go hungry, but hate our job. I don’t want to go too much in depth because that leads us into Love Drought.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the post so far and don’t be afraid to let me know what’s on your mind in the comments.

To Be Continued Next Week 🙂

Apps on Apps on Apps Part 2

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By: Shea Harris

Ever since I was a child I made sure to set high goals for myself. In May of 2005 I sat at my cousin’s graduation cookout amazed at how things turned out for her. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Summa Cum Laude with a job in her field. I would hear so many people around me saying how difficult it was to get a job with a degree (mind you this was 2005). I knew it would only be tougher for me when it was time for me to walk across the stage. Thankfully in May of 2014, I walked across the stage with a job in my field and had a salary to compliment it.

In my last post I gave a little insight into the apps I used to find jobs. In the next few posts, I will give a bit more insight into job searching. As we all know, it’s a job within itself to fill out applications. Not only is it repetitive to fill out job applications, but your patience is also tested during this time too. Job hunting is such a long and tedious process people get easily defeated when rejected. Sweetheart the only thing I can tell you is it gets better. You have to stay persistent and motivated any way you can when it comes to searching for a job. First things first: do you have a LinkedIn? If so, great! If not, baby what are you doing? LinkedIn is what helped me land my current job in Miami.

Make sure your LinkedIn is reflecting your résumé. Just because your résumé is bomb, that doesn’t mean you should have a crappy LinkedIn profile. Put as much information on your profile as much as you can. If you can get someone to type a testimonial about your work ethic, do that! If you have any certificates or certifications within your industry, make sure the people know! If you have volunteered or interned in your field, chaaaa let the folks know! If you don’t market your skills and accomplishments, how do you expect to get recognized?

Once I made my profile, I began following companies relating to the Clinical Research field. I followed clinical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies and institutions. Through these companies I was able to see immediately when positions became available. Don’t just stop at following companies though! If you come across individual’s profiles who work for a company you’re interested in, send them an invitation to connect. I’ve learned as a young professional its not what you know, its who you know.

When I was searching for a job in my field, I made sure I connected with people on LinkedIn who were Regulatory Specialist, Project Managers and even Clinical Research Associates. I know this may seem foreign to a lot of you, but I hope you get the point. If you want to be a manager at McDonalds, connect with managers in the fast food industry. Let’s say you want to be a cashier, connect with cashiers via LinkedIn. I know, I know, these are probably not jobs you’re interested in but hey they’re examples for a reason.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve connected with people who work in a position I’ve been interested in or for a company I’m interested in. You cant just stop at sending an invite though. Slide in those DM’s and make yourself known. Let your new connection know you exist. You’re not just connected to be nosey, you’re connected to be SEEN AND HEARD! All you need is that one person to believe in you and see how hard of a worker you are and that’s game! It’s so easy to make connections through Twitter and Facebook, but don’t stop there. Use the same strategies you use on social media and bring them to LinkedIn with a dash of professionalism.

Check out my LinkedIn profile to get a little inspiration. Good Luck and don’t forget I’m always available for advice!

Formation

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By: Shea Harris

I. Am. A. Black. Woman. I’ve never tried to hide it or deny it. From elementary to high school, I didn’t necessarily have to worry about the color of my skin. I never thought my skin color intimidated people or threatened them. I knew my history as a black person and I knew what my people went through. For some reason as a child, I gave people the benefit of the doubt that times had changed. I was so disappointed to find out at a young age we had not made much progress as a country.

I joined the Clinical Research industry at the end of April 2014. As a new young professional I made sure I was polite to my coworkers and avoided office gossip and drama. I truly believe my outlook changed once I was more aware of the injustice occurring. The more I looked at headlines, read articles and skimmed through twitter, I saw an increase of black faces being treated unfairly. I couldn’t help but think what the hell is going on?

I started uttering the words I’m scared to have a black son. As time went on it turned into I’m scared to have a black child. I think about Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and the list goes on of the unnecessary killings. I think about how I always have to be on guard when walking around. I think about how others are so unhappy with themselves and choose to hate us. What makes these events even more unfortunate is that I would normally find out about the occurrences while on my way to work or as I’m sitting in my cubicle.

Dealing with the injustices in the black community as a young professional is a touchy subject for me. It’s not touchy because I don’t want to talk about it, it’s touchy because I have to keep my composure in the office. One particular situation comes to mind as I reflect on my young professional journey. The news stations continuously highlighted the riots in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. As a black person, the knowledge of another dead black man hurt my soul. When I was informed it was in the custody of police officers, it made my blood boil. I understand everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but there is a time and a place to express your thoughts and the work place isn’t one of them.

The morning the governor declared a State of Emergency on Baltimore, MD because of the riots, I began to hear a lot of whispering in the office. I can remember it like yesterday when a coworker said: I don’t understand why they are tearing up the city. Why would you riot? I hope they can gain back control of that community. If they want to gain back control and not hurt anyone, why don’t they just use rubber bullets?

RUBBER BULLETS YALL. RUBBER. BULLETS. When I tell you I was pissed off for the entire day and couldn’t even get any work done! How can you be so stupid? You didn’t say oh I hope everyone is okay. You suggested rubber bullets like an idiot. To put the icing on the cake, the fellow who suggested this brilliant idea was a white man.

I, being a black woman, knew the work place wasn’t the best place to discuss these unfortunate events. In that moment I realized, common sense isn’t common at all. When the gentleman suggested rubber bullets, my mind went straight to the use of rubber bullets in Ferguson, MO. I remember clicking through pictures of those injured in Ferguson by rubber bullets. I remember the hurt and pain displayed upon the faces of those in Ferguson and that same look was on the faces of those in Baltimore.

Just reflecting on the past year alone in the black community is hard to cope with. It’s even more difficult going to work and making sure my attitude doesn’t reflect my thoughts and feelings. There have been numerous times I have had a terrible attitude and shown disgust on my face because of the reporting of injustice. If I’ve learned anything over this past year and a half in the industry, I’ve learned to make sure I always have headphones.

I don’t need to hear your justification of the death of black people. I don’t need you to hear you say what they should have done.  I don’t have the time or energy to explain and beat into your head over and over why what’s happening to my people is dead wrong. I don’t have the time and energy to explain to you why songs by J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé (to name a few) are necessary. I am exhausted. I need YOU to do your research. I need YOU to stop being the victim. I need YOU to see that MY people are suffering and have been suffering for years.