Tomorrow’s Thinkpiece: Michelle Obama’s “Race Speech”

By Nichelle Stephens

First things first, FLOTUS is the realest. She gave an inspiring commencement speech at Tuskegee based on her life experience which is totally unique. Whereas President Obama grew up as more of a “citizen of the world”, Michelle is from the south side of Chicago.

Conservatives will ponce on her commencement speech at Tuskegee and call it a “race speech”.

Liberals may compare her speech to POTUS’ commencement speech at Morehouse back in 2013.

It is not a race speech. It is a real speech.

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This Week’s Nichelle Newsletter

By Nichelle Stephens

Have you subscribed to my Tiny Letter? I will be transparent with you; currently there are less 50 people subscribed. It is nice little community,  but more are welcome!

Here’s a bit from this week’s Nichelle Newsletter

Friends And Fam
Nicole Taylor and friends created a zine about fried chicken in NYC. You can buy it on Etsy.
Rachel Kramer Bussel wrote about BookFace for the New York Times.
Danielle Gould gets a nice profile in Edible. She knows everything about Food Tech.
Professor Imani Perry will be speaking about race the GreeneSpace next week (May 14th) in New York. FREE

What I Wrote
I posted new articles on including the Pros and Cons of Silicone Bakeware and a recipe for Horchata Cupcakes.

What I Recommend
Brotherhood on Amazon Prime.  I didn’t watch this show when it was on Showtime.  If you like Bloodline and House of Cards, you will enjoy this series.

TECHmunch NYC is May 21st. We have lots of great speakers and great food.  I will be in New York in a few weeks, and I would love to meet up with you.

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New Column: Today’s Outrage

By Nichelle Stephens

Inspired by the Facebook sidebar that shows what’s trending, I started a new column, “Today’s Outrage” on BlogHer.  Everyday there is news that is ripe for outrage on social media.  Most of the stories have to do with celebrities and have some social media element to it. I plan to pick a one and write about it.  The column will not run daily, but at least three times a week. I have written four so far.

Today’s Outrage: Kylie Jenner’s Lips

Today’s Outrage: Tim McGraw To Perform At Sandy Hook Benefit

Today’s Outrage: Michael Buble Photo’s Bum Bomb

Today’s Outrage: A Blonde Named Britt McHenry


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Flipping for Flipboard

By Nichelle Stephens


Social media is still so young. While people are scrambling on how to use Meerkat or Periscope, I still haven’t figured out how to use Quora or Jelly.  Twitter is still my favorite social media channel, and although I have been using Flipboard for years, I just realized how reading my Timeline via Flipboard is a better user experience.

Recently, I have created two magazines, Cupcakes Take The Cake and Nichelle Newsletter that I can use to share links all day long. That way I don’t have to tweet out everything. People can just subscribe to my Flipboard magazines. Whereas Flipboard is what I use to share a lot of links; conversely, is where I can share one link per day. So it is an evolving process, but I like learning how to use these social media channels more effectively.

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1st Quarter, Streaming TV and Cookbook Recommendations

By Nichelle Stephens

The first quarter of 2015 flew by. I have got to get moving on both my career and wellness goals. I walked so long yesterday that my thighs started to burn. I plan to walk again today. Thinking about how sedentary I am. I am warming up to the possibility of a standing desk. Anyway, I have reflecting on what content I want to produce. Everyone’s doing a podcast, and I think I will do a limited one for Mad Men and/or Game of Thrones.

I am trying to be more consistent with my newsletter. The Nichelle Newsletter was a pre-cursor to my blog. I used Topica and Constant Contact to distribute my newsletter back in the day. Now I am using TinyLetter.

Streaming T V Recommendations

Netflix: Bloodline and the 2nd season of Rectify

Hulu: Lucas Brothers Moving Co.

Amazon Prime:  The movie, Cesar Chavez

Cookbook Recommendations

If you are looking for a Passover gift or just love coconut macaroons, get The Macaroon Bible by Danny Cohen.

Two other cookbooks I recommend are The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook by Kelly Bronzya and Pie School by Kate Lebo.

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I Wrote About “On Fleek”

By Nichelle Stephens

It’s ok if you don’t know the proper usage of “on fleek”. It’s a relatively new term.

On Fleek Is A Baby. Don’t Worry If You Don’t Know To Use It Yet.

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Shortbread Cookies From Scratch

By Nichelle Stephens

I made shortbread cookies last night from a recipe is Roy Fares’ cookbook, The United States of Cakes. The recipe was pretty easy and only had three ingredients.   I used a rolling pin that I got last year that has a houndstooth check pattern.  I am taking some of the cookies with me on the bus tomorrow. My mom and I are going to Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1st Selma march in 1965.

Homemade shortbread cookies. Used a houndstooth rolling pin.

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An Expert Without Too Much Ego

By Nichelle Stephens

Things I will never call myself–guru, ninja, or diva.

I am a cupcake expert. I know a whole lot about bakeries and baking without going to culinary school. I learned from both professional and amateur bakers. Baking is a science. I loved science in high school and I took AP Chemistry. I also love writing, and this I why I blog.

My dad says, “You learn something new everyday.”

I continue to learn. Learning is fun except when you learn that you are doing something stupid.

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Writing and Thinking

By Nichelle Stephens

I am not disciplined at doing the free write. I keep saying I am going to do it, but I don’t. So I figured it would be easy to do it here-unedited.

People are sheep. I don’t care about llamas or #thedress. I am no longer  surprised when people get so distracted over such trivial things.  I have learned to not be disappointed when people underwhelm me.   I am guilty of it as well, but this week’s trending topics don’t interest me.

I am writing and editing posts. I am doing bookkeeping work for a client. I am looking for new work. I like freelancing, but it would be nice to interact with new people who are passion about stuff.

I feel like I can make a contribution. I have a lot of experience. I have organized, project managed, coordinated, developed stuff.

Anyway, everyday is a blessing. I can’t complain. Keep up the hustle.

Live Long and Prosper.

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Thing I Tweeted That Time

By Nichelle Stephens

I am more “Lacoste intolerant” than “lactose intolerant”. My stomach hurts after too much display of preppiness.

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You Can’t Sit With Us

By Nichelle Stephens


Gatekeepers are everywhere. They exists in the ivy league schools, the toniest suburbs are the Upper East Side co-op boards.
Everything is not for everyone.
Not everyone will fit in.
A community has a culture. They only want to people that they assume will compliment the community. However, gatekeepers are often too narrow in their focus. Gatekeepers rely on pattern-matching too much.

When it comes to innovation, incorporating diversity has been known to work. When it comes to financial success, the rule is to diversify assets and investments.

However, gatekeepers are not only on the wrong side of history; gatekeepers are bad for the right here and now.
Gatekeepers are de-escalating success and elongating problem solving.

Let others in. Expand your circle.
Tear down the wall.

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If There Is No Challenge, There Is No Change

By Nichelle Stephens


I am in a rut, but making steps to change that. I am reading Bridgett Davis’ novel, Into The Go Slow, and I am listening to more podcasts on Grantland.

What I have wrote on

Posts on Keeping Nickels.

There are new posts on CoolBlkPpl.  I am doing link round-ups weekly on that blog for now.  I also created a recipe for Almond Butter Cream Frosting on Cupcakes Take The Cake.

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