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No, this is not my first ever Twitter bio.

Because we never know when Twitter may go away or decide to delete everything, and because bios change frequently depending on what kind of mood we are in, I’ve decided to archive mine here.

My current Twitter bio:

monique judge. writer. journalist. storyteller. media literacy advocate. coffee addict. tequila snob. Twerk Champion

Los Angeles Times hires ‘Black Twitter’ reporter 

A leaked internal memo from Los Angeles Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita alerted the newspaper’s staff that journalist Dexter Thomas was recently hired to cover “Black Twitter,” along with other online communities including “Black Medium” and “Latino Tumblr.”

Source: Los Angeles Times hires ‘Black Twitter’ reporter – The Washington Post

Imagine that. A reporter with a beat assignment that covers all things colored on social media.

Starbucks price increase coming soon

 

As the AP mentions, J.M. Smucker Co. recently announced that prices for its Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee brands would drop, thanks to “sustained declines in the green coffee futures market.” But Starbucks is more than a coffee shop. There’s the food, the rent, the marketing, and an escalating budget for black markers that baristas use to incorrectly write your name on cups. All of that costs money and all of that factors into the price hike.

Source: Alert: Starbucks Hikes Up Price of Small and Large Coffees

ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two Coming to GTA Online Next Week | Rockstar Games

The second haul of high-end goods currently en route to Los Santos’ luxury shops and dealerships. We’re pleased to announce that the Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part Two will arrive for all platforms next week, on Wednesday July 8th. This new collection of extravagant attire and potent transportation also includes the debut of the previously PC-exclusive ‘The Lab’ radio station across all four console platforms.

Source: ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two Coming to GTA Online Next Week | Rockstar Games

Rumor has it that this will likely be the last update we will see on PS3 or Xbox 360, so enjoy it. Even the more robust features of the new updates are only available on next gen platforms.

Beautiful people in a bar

Their names are Courtney and Nathan. I met them in a bar on Cinco de Mayo. It just happened to be taco Tuesday, so Te’Kila was especially crowded. We shared a table until a separate one came available. They are awesome.

 

Sometimes you are reminded that you have other gifts

This is Anne Marie. She is modeling a big loc cap that she purchased from The Happy Hooker. Taking these photos of her reminded me that I am also pretty good at capturing images.

Anne Marie modeling the big loc cap she bought from The Happy Hooker LA

Anne Marie modeling the big loc cap she bought from The Happy Hooker LA

She was initially unsure about the pics until she saw them, and then she loved them.

This is one of my all-time favorite Michael Jackson songs and videos. He was so amazing. I cannot believe it has been six years. We miss you, Michael.

I am surrounded by beautiful people

This is Tiffany. She photographs well. She rocks hats by The Happy Hooker. She has a beautiful spirit. She is a part of my story.

 

Tiffany modeling the turqua slouchy beanie

Tiffany modeling the turqua slouchy beanie

Crocheting is a hobby of mine that has turned into a profitable side hustle. I make hats and sell them. Tiffany has modeled many of them, and so I made her this one as a thank you. She loved it, and she agreed to model it for me. It fits her locs rather nicely, don’t you think?

Pretty Brown Eyes

My eyes are my best feature I think. Well, my eyes and my lips. Also, I have a really big forehead.

Avocados are delicious

The simplest foods are the most delicious. Having this for lunch the other day made me want to eat like this more often. I envision it as a salad, with avocado, basil, tomato, and crushed black pepper.

Lunch: an avocado split, a latte, and rustic toast

Lunch: an avocado split, a latte, and rustic toast

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for:  the premiere of Rihanna’s video for “Bitch Better Have My Money.” She directed it, and it’s awesome.

Blondie’s Deborah Harry turns 70 today

I love Blondie. I love Debbie Harry. Refer to last year’s birthday post and track list to explore some good music from Blondie with Debbie Harry on lead vocals.

Happy Birthday, Debbie!

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