The power of visibility to save the lives of sexually abused Black women.

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There’s a freedom fighter in Texas on a mission to rescue the young Black women that are victims of sex trafficking. They are often hiding in plain sight. Some are ready for rescue, others are under the grip and haze of Stockholm Syndrome. Nevertheless, they are the lost daughters of the Lone Star state.

What’s important to remember here is this: the media has shut their stories out of the news cycle.

Black women have been historically and chronically positioned as “othered”. Our virtue and humanity are…


Black women in the U.S. have a net worth of $200 in the United States

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This is unfortunate considering that Black women have the highest college enrollment rates compared to any other racial or ethnic group in the United States.

That statistic lets us know that education is not the great economic equalizer when it comes down to race.

So how can we change our net worth where it’s disconnected from the systemic racist systems that are designed to keep us out of the game (literally the game of wealth building, which is all it is when you break it…


Go from stuck and overwhelmed to hitting your first income goal.

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“I just wanna go to a lot of concerts.”

When I went through an “I’m too busy to do my hair” phase almost 20 years ago I decided to get my hair braided. One Saturday afternoon, I entered a tiny salon with Nollywood movies playing behind a screen divider and a tall curious looking woman with a smile as tall as her greeted me.

She informed me that she was running about an hour behind schedule and is wrapping up another client’s braiding session. …


Let’s stop shaming our painful emotions even when we feel good.

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“Good vibes only” is one of the most toxic slogans to emerge from the new-age wellness movement and it’s time that we lovingly fight back against it as we explore all of our emotions.

Instagram accounts are pumped up and praised by catering to GVO.

Life coaches have made seven-figure fortunes by preaching the gospel of GVO.

Even little eight-year-olds wear the slogan emblazoned on their pink t-shirts from TARGET.

In short, GVO is harmful and rooted in capitalist patriarchal norms. We hear that phrase over and over again to keep us from tapping into all of our emotions, all…


This is how you become in-demand and well-paid in 16 steps.

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I could have replaced “unstoppable” with successful, lucrative, or even influential. However, after over a decade in these freelancing streets I’ve learned the hard knocks way that being “unstoppable” is the magic bullet for manifesting the free in freelancing lifestyle.

You must embody the spirit of being unstoppable as a freelancer because real talk: this ride is full of weird detours, mental meltdowns with ice cream at 2 AM, algorithms on social media you can’t control, requests to complete projects by mobsters and ministers, never writing anything that goes…


Relieved that you found doctors of color. Its such a shame when thinking of the mircoraggressions we experience in every facet of life. Thank you for sharing your STORY! Outstanding as ALWAYS :-)


Would you stay or run for the door?

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In the Spring of 2012, I was looking for something meaty. About six months prior I tried freelance copywriting on for size and it was a perfect fit. I felt like hot stuff every time my Paypal blew up.

I had been pulling clients in with word-of-mouth marketing, repeat clients, and hotshot Facebook posts sharing my services (remember Facebook posts?). …


When a writer struggled to keep standing.

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This will not be my finest hour as a writer. Full stop, this essay may read as clumsy, egotistical, self-loathing, rusty, and privileged. In short, it’s on brand for writers.

Since March 2021 I’ve only managed to write a little ebook titled, Become An Unstoppable Freelancer In 16 Steps (ironic I know), write two articles for Medium’s Antagonist Magazine, girl crush on Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce in an article I wrote for Medium’s Cultured Magazine, and make a whopping $800 bucks from writing four articles for two other publications.

I took a…

Cholia "CJ" Johnson

Freelancing for Life. Culture Journalist & Self-Care Activist! @zora & more. Download BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FREELANCER https://gum.co/unstoppablefreelancerguide

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