The Freshmen ABCs


I was invited to give a Welcome Week speech at VCU and the occasion provided a great opportunity for me to reflect on my college years.  Ultimately, I decided to leave the incoming students with three pieces of advice (the Freshmen ABCs) that I hope will serve them well for a lifetime.

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This is How You Learn to Love Your Hair

Natural hair love

Dear Zora, This is how you learn to love your hair in a world that requires such lessons. First, you remember who gave you that glorious head of curls--your parents, your ancestors, your Creator. Then, you care for it like a treasured inheritance. Loving your hair, … Read More


Posing Beauty

John W. Mosley, Atlantic City, Four Women, c.1960s

  The most magnificent drama in the last thousand years of human history is the transportation of ten million human beings out of the dark beauty of their mother continent into the new-found El Dorado of the West.  They descended into Hell; and in the third century … Read More

Advice and Inspiration for Smart Women

What do women really want? Trust me, it’s not “balance.”

This blog offers a daily exploration of the varied, determined, sometimes misguided, but unfailingly human ways that women pursue meaning and happiness. Peruse the eclectic mix of advice, interviews, trend spotting and social commentary, then let me know what you think.

Here are a few of my favorite posts to get you started:

Come on. Click around. It’ll be fun, I promise!

Maya Smart