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…

Are you one of the cool kids too?

The only window in my house that I love — Cholia Johnson.

I’m a Sagitarrius Sun and Leo Rising. That’s a ton of fire to have in one’s natal chart. Capped with being a Gemini Moon, so naturally, I’m often all over the place just for kicks and giggles (thanks mama Universe and the Big Guy in the sky).

I thrive on hearing the conversations of strangers and keeping my home away from work, work, work, work.

When I lived in Harlem (with a pitstop in Brooklyn) I would spend my days freelancing at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, or Bryant…

This time I’m not suggesting OnlyFans.

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I’m also not going to tell you to hop on Sub Stack and slap a paywall on it. Everyone who has been told, “Hey, you’re a fantabulous writer” is on Sub Stack. Sub Stack is a slow burn for the thirty-three-something million writers on the platform.

However, it can be Mercedes S-Class lucrative if you execute with heart and strategy behind it. But most writers on Sub Stack are not doing that (they’re also not using a strategy on Medium either, but that’s a story for another day).

Speaking of strategy, that is just…

Because we ALL deserve vibrant mental health.

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Lately, I’ve been thinking about Britney Spears. Yes, I know that she’s not a part of the marginalized people tribe. But, hang with me here.

She’s the Pop Princess of the late 90’s worth $60 million dollars and she can’t even hire her own lawyer or make an appointment to take her IUD out of her body at free will because in 2007 the mounting pressure of celebrity came to a head.

A shaved head was the result. An image shot and seen around the world.

Brittney lost her personal autonomy that night.

That fact makes me think about how…

Ready for your professional revolution in 2021?

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I want you to get this career-switching alchemy!

So on that note, I’ve written a few articles on how to launch your business and brand as a new (or aspiring) freelancer.

Clicky-click below, give them a read, and let me know what you think or have any questions about freelancing in the comments.

Wishing you abundance, joy, and power in becoming an UNSTOPPABLE freelancer in 2021 :-)

Cholia “CJ” Johnson has been writing for a living since 2011. She is also a Freelancing Fairy God Mother, ready to guide ambitious as hell talented people as they venture into freelancing. Follow her…

These are my top ten lessons on freelancing for ten years

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When I look back on the past ten years of my journey as a freelance writer a smattering of emotions swells within me. They are filled with “yassss, I wrote THAT” elation and “WTF was I thinking taking that clown of a client on” shame. I’ve been flushed with cash with $7,200 dollar months as a freelancer while also needing to take a $10 an hour part-time job in retail while I pursue this freelancing life just a year prior. …

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…

Cholia "CJ" Johnson

Freelancing for Life. Culture Journalist & Self-Care Activist! @zora & more. Author, BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FREELANCER

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