For as long as we know, the question of whether men and women can have truly platonic friendships has been a mystery. While some may feel that primal attraction will always outweigh any existence between the genders, many believe that friendship with the opposite sex can be independent of romance and mutually beneficial. Here are a few reasons (based on my own experience) that platonic friendship may be beneficial.DIVE IN
One of the goals of A Piece of Pye is to support media outlets that inspire and bring light to others. One of my new favorite podcasts, I’m Just Sayin’, brings just the right combination of laughter and reality. Host GiGi shares her opinions on real-life topics (like interracial relationships and the importance of political correctness) with different weekly guests, for candid discussions on how to navigate life and society.
Hear the latest episode on addiction to drugs and alcohol. And check out other episodes as well. You may hear a certain blogger make a guest appearance (wink wink).
Happy listening! Asé.
Too often we find ourselves attempting to create our individual idea of the perfect person. As humans who can be a bit self-righteous at times, we tend to believe that we always have the right answers, the smartest method, or the right ideology. But in the words of brotha Kanye, “You ain’t got the answers, Sway!” There’s nothing wrong with having our own beliefs, preferences, routines, and ways of thinking. It’s what makes us unique and as different as fingerprints. But when we try to impart or force our way of living onto others and change who they fundamentally are, it can become an issue. This is often what leads to unhealthy relationships between partners, family, friends, and even professional colleagues in some cases.
Every day at A Piece of Pye is black history day. But in honor of Black History Month, here’s an interesting article on the history of jazz in America for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!
Over many centuries, incredible ideas and theories have been presented to try to explain the concept of the universe. These theories then became the basis of different religious beliefs. Today, those beliefs and ideas have expanded even more widely. For our generation though, more people are leaving the ideas of institutionalized religion and concepts taught in churches, and instead choosing to turn to their own inner relationship and understanding of God. When asked if they adhere to any religion, these people will typically say they are “spiritual,” and not religious. But what on earth does that even mean?Read more
The act of meditating can be such a powerful and eye-opening experience. Realigning your inner spirit and centering yourself can help with so many things mentally. When you’re having a tough day or a tough week, or anxiety levels are high, meditation can help calm the mental chaos and organize your thoughts and feelings into manageable puzzle pieces. It can help ground you and keep you present in the moment when you feel like you may fall off the deep end. It’s important to note when you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed and imbalanced, and how to begin centering yourself in such moments. Read below for my personal steps for realignment.CONTINUE DIVING IN
A few months ago, one of my favorite bloggers Mr. Xavier Young of “LoveIsConfusing” asked me to participate in a piece he crafted on what some of the greatest strengths of a woman are. I immediately shared this piece on Facebook, but just in case you’re one of the few people that’s not a member of social media, here it is again, re-winded for your reading pleasures.
Hope you enjoy. Asé.
My wonderful, brilliant, amazing brown sistas….we need to have a serious conversation. I’m speaking to you directly, and I need y’all to hear me from a humble place. Okay?Read more
Has anyone else noticed how money tends to rule us? Whether directly or indirectly, it all seems to relate back to the greenbacks. We work for it, flaunt it when we have it, save it when we can, and yet steadily need more to survive. It has always been about the money. Religious leaders might say we’ve began to idolize money in a god-like manner, but even churches need it. Everything costs money to live, and if you don’t have it you have to hustle to get it. The O’Jays called it the “lean mean green,” and Cardi B already told you it was all she needs.Read more
WARNING: This is a racially sensitive post. If you are easily offended by the mentioning of cultural injustice in America, this is not a post for you. Please proceed with caution.Continue Reading