The Intersection: Archives

Each edition of this newsletter is like tapping into my mind during a given week. Let’s see what weeks resonated the most with you all this year. Here’s a look back at the most popular (by open rate) volumes of the Intersection of 2016. Enjoy (again)!
— The Intersection, Dec. 31, 2016
I wanted to see if my hypothesis that girl groups don’t last was right. To do that, I analyzed the chronology of Billboard’s top ten girl groups of all time.
— The Intersection, Dec. 24, 2016
Despite Kate Middleton’s face being hailed as the “Most Desirable” earlier this year it already looks like the future of beauty is shifting away from its past. At the very least it has a noticeable tan and defined cheekbones.
— The Intersection, Dec. 17, 2016
I adopted my first official pet this week. From the late nights adjusting to the sounds of an odd creature in my personal space and the constant feeding and shit cleaning, I feel like a new mom.
— The Intersection, Nov. 19, 2016
To my detriment, I watched the dismantling of America happen live, brick by brick, vote by vote.
— The Intersection, Nov. 12, 2016
Yes, all relationships take effort, but you get from them what you put into them. If you put in goodness then you’ll usually get that back, if you put in negativity then same thing.
— The Intersection, Nov. 5, 2016
Upon further reflection within the past year, I have come to learn that the idea of doing what you love is a crock of bullshit created by self-help “gurus” and “creative entrepreneurs” in order to sell you a dream and/or an online course with “5 Steps to Living Out Loud.”
— The Intersection, Oct. 29
Rainy days usually call for sleeping in and catching up on Netflix, but I want to pose an alternative path to you.
— The Intersection, Oct. 22
Laying in my sick bed (now my sick couch) has prompted me to think about other things in life that I don’t like. I’ve provided a list of the first things that have come to mind below (in no particular order).
— The Intersection, Oct. 15, 2016
In honor of National Poetry Day which was earlier this week, I wrote 23 haikus about being a twenty-something in 2016.
— The Intersection, Oct. 8, 2016
The mind is a powerful thing. I’ve been thinking about this lately. I’ve been thinking about the stories my mind tells my spirit. I’ve been thinking about the stories my spirit tells my body. It’s a wicked game of “telephone” that ends up without any answers, but a lot of holds.
— The Intersection, Oct. 1, 2016
I started loc’ing my hair over the past year and to be honest, the past 10 months have been the longest length of time since pre-school that I’ve worn my hair without any sort of hair piece.
— The Intersection, Sept. 24, 2016
I have been living in New York for a year now. People here ask me for directions so often you would think that I am a native New Yorker.
— The Intersection, Sept. 17
Every week I share something that’s been on my mind with you. However, this week’s topic has been harder to settle on.
— The Intersection, Sept. 10, 2016
To start off this holiday weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite ways to unwind with you. Enjoy!
— The Intersection, Sept. 3, 2016
Last year, for my twenty-fifth birthday I took a solo trip to Minneapolis starting a new annual birthday tradition where every year on my birthday weekend I visit a city in the US that I’ve never been to. No, you’re not invited. No one is ever invited because this is the one day of the year that is about me and I intend to keep it that way.
— The Intersection, Aug. 25, 2016
Yes, national elections are important, but there’s only so much one person can accomplish without the support of the 535 members of Congress. Local elections matter.
— The Intersection, Aug. 20, 2016
My wish for us is that we don’t try to be more than what we already are. What we already are is pure. Why tarnish ourselves or our brands by trying to be more than what we are?
— The Intersection, Aug. 13, 2016
In third grade I tried to get into gymnastics and despite presenting a book report on Dominique Dawes in front of my class while sporting a leotard (authenticity!), I couldn’t even do a summersault or even a tuck and roll. Still cant.
— The Intersection, Aug. 6, 2016
I thought to myself, I wish there was an easy tool to help me determine whether or not I should go out and be social or stay home and watch Netflix.
— The Intersection, Jul. 30, 2016
This life is yours and it can go away in an instant. Everything. So, please, I beg you, strive to make the choices necessary to live the best life you can while you still can. But, please don’t live it in fear.
— The Intersection, Jul. 23, 2016
Time isn’t hiding under your bed next to the boogeyman nor is it trapped in the closet, closet, closet. It’s something you carve out. Time is something you have to make out of seemingly thin air.
— The Intersection, Jul. 16, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for you to see what I’ve been cooking up. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, I will officially launch my new website Anuli Was Here with new content. Anuli Was Here is a general interest site for people generally interested in things.
— The Intersection, Jul. 7, 2016
I’ve been told by multiple people in the past week that I am too hard on myself. And, to those people my only response is that you’re right. I am my own worst critic.
— The Intersection, Jul. 2, 2016
Travel is important to living a rich life, but those of us who are able to squeeze it in (and, I do mean squeeeze), are privileged. Traveling is a privilege.
— The Intersection, June. 25, 2016
Waking up feeling rushed sets off a series of unfortunate events which include not eating a proper breakfast, not packing a proper lunch, and getting the Manhattan-bound C train right after it decides to ruin everyone’s morning by switching to the F line at Jay Street Metrotech.
— The Intersection, June. 18, 2016
This may sound weird to some of you and obvious to others, but my range of emotions is fairly monotonous. I don’t have a wide spectrum.
— The Intersection, Jun. 11, 2016
Earlier this week I was called selfish because I dare to move about life as I please and don’t treat my ovaries like ticking time bombs. I was told that life is about sacrifice which got me thinking, “Are our lives really our own?”
— The Intersection, June. 4, 2016
My friend asked a question this week that got me thinking. She asked, “Why doesn’t the government subsidize tampons and pads?” I mean it is a good question. These expensive (yet, extremely necessary) items are not covered in any health care plans I’ve heard of even though they are, in fact, health care items.
— The Intersection, May. 28, 2016
I’ve been thinking about the idea of identity this week and what the clothing or accessories we choose to wear reveals about us.
— The Intersection, May. 21, 2016
This week I’ve been thinking about scammers and in case you didn’t know, scammers come in a variety of forms – from teen moguls to slumlords.
— The Intersection, May. 14, 2016
I ended up taking a longer break than planned between Vol. 9 and Vol. 10 because I needed time to sort some things out in my life.
I’m taking a break. Before you start side-eyeing me, I’ll tell you why. The holidays are upon us and mama (me) needs to enjoy the season a bit and prepare for 2016.
— The Intersection, Dec. 16, 2015
I liken Taylor’s “Girl Squad” to the collection of magnets I keep on the side of my fridge: Nice to collect, nice to look at. Now, none of this is meant to knock Taylor and her girl power posse, but it does rub me the wrong way that she seems to collect friends for her own benefit.
— The Intersection, Dec. 8, 2015
The fact that a tire manufacturer has been able to make waves with a high-fashion calendar since 1964 is to me, one the greatest marketing wins of all time.
— The Intersection, Dec. 5, 2017
No matter what the reason, people have been talking a lot about beards this month, so I’ve been keeping track for research purposes, of course.
— The Intersection, Nov. 28, 2015
Westerners have now gone way beyond the simple BB and CC creams that were all the rage in 2013 and have started to commit to hyper-targeted K-Beauty regimens that include a variety of lotions, potions and serums to treat specific skin problems.
— The Intersection, Nov. 21, 2015
Every week there is a new story about how my life as a minority, woman and overall human being is threatened by someone who thinks that my life doesn’t matter as much as theirs.
— The Intersection, Nov. 14, 2015
Welcome to The Intersection. We’re three dates in now, so we pretty much go together. Hey, baes.
— The Intersection, Nov. 7, 2015
Some people question the modern relevance of HBCUs, but having been in both worlds and having once been the first person to say, “I couldn’t see myself at a HBCU because the world doesn’t look like that all the time,” I’ve well-learned the answer to that question. HBCU’s are as relevant as ever.
— The Intersection, Oct. 31, 2015
It’s about time that I do something productive with the randomness I file away from my trips down the rabbit hole that is the Internet. With that being said, welcome to the first edition of The Intersection.
— The Intersection, Oct. 24, 2015