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

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

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…


Neglect these three and you’ll fall flat on your face, time and time again.

I’ll keep this quick (because time really is money).

Focused. Dedicated. Strategic.

No, those aren’t the three C’s you need to succeed as a freelancer. They come second.

Confidence. Clarity. Conviction.

Yes, those are the three C’s to take you from newbie to crushing it as a freelancer.

CONFIDENCE

You’ve got to feel it in your bones and know in your bleeding purple heart that you are not only worthy of getting paid for your time and talent but that you are as confident as Kanye West…


When a 65-year-old Black man gets “woke”.

I’m a socialist Gen-X-er and our “liberal” Boomer parents have royally screwed us over…

I nodded with my Dad as he wrestled with a fussy pillow on his sofa. Barking about his white doctor. “The Young Hot One” my sister and I would often say.

“He’s gone.” That is all he could eek out over and over while staring into the void in his living room.

Apparently, my Dad’s problematic fave had flown the coop. He handed me a letter moments before explaining how his doctor will be returning back to the East coast to practice medicine effective immediately.

“What…


I applied to NYU’s Masters and journalism program. I have no answers yet.

The school has a long-form narrative journalism focus that really tickles my randy fancy.

This summer I came to the conclusion that after 10 years of being a freelance writer I had very little to show for it. I’ve been a copywriter and ghostwriter. Essentially invisible. I haven’t been a noted journalist or screenwriter or novelist, with works of art that have my name behind them.

This year I started to dip my toe into the world of journalism including publishing more on Medium, because at least…


A triggering two weeks for us without loving Fathers.

Olympian Sunni Lee and her father John

Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast, Jade Carey has the best guy in her corner. After she stumbled in the women’s vault finals she immediately leaped into her dad’s arms and shed tears. He cradled her and she seemed to mold back together again within moments even though her misstep dashed her hopes of gaining a medal for Team USA.

During interviews after her performance, she shared that she and her dad, who is also her coach, “decided together that we were just gonna let it go the best we could and both…


Are you one of the cool kids too?

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.

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.

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…

Cholia "CJ" Johnson

Freelancing for Life. Culture Journalist & Self-Care Activist! @zora & more. Author, BECOME AN UNSTOPPABLE FREELANCER https://writercjjohnson.weebly.com

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