April 22nd, 2014

A Metaphor for a City like New York

I’ve been trying since yesterday evening to tell this story without being offensive or condescending about the elderly, the demented, or the homeless. I don’t know if I ever figured it out, so I’d like to apologize in advance…

Yesterday I boarded the G train and there was a pale elderly man seated next to a tomato. Not tomato sauce in a can. Not a small package of grape tomatoes, just a big. red. tomato.

He quickly spotted me (my fro has that effect) and started screaming at me in Italian I couldn’t comprehend. He snapped his fingers to get my attention a few times, but I just browsed photos I’d already seen on my phone, shuffled a few songs on my “chill times bro” playlist, and fiddled with my never-ending hangnails. While I thought the tomato was strange, what came next was even stranger:

He picked up the tomato, and he put it into his pants. Not the pants he was wearing, mind you, but one of the two pairs of pants he was holding in his lap. He didn’t put it in a pocket of the pants. He put it into the pants entire. 

I don’t know what any of that meant, truly. I’d like to think it was a metaphor for a city like New York, but maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was just a bizarre interaction on the subway.

xo - Akilah

April 14th, 2014
April 12th, 2014

At the conclusion of my senior year in high school, my AP English teacher suggested a book for summer reading. “Looking for Alaska is a great read, I think you all will really enjoy it,” she gushed. Unfortunately I was desperate for a break from being told what to read and when, and as such, thoroughly ignored her recommendation.

Years and years later, I picked up The Fault in Our Stars after seeing it advertised all over the busy New York City subway. A bright yellow sign with the words, “The #1 Mega Best-Seller Everyone is Reading” had become part of my bi-daily commute. I had no-less than 8 friends reading it, and since reading became fun again post-academia (and I needed a new book to read for my next Tipsy Book Review) I bought a copy at the 45th street Barnes and Noble. 

That video— by some amazing stroke of luck— made it to the author and fellow youtuber, John Green, and he has since changed my life in ways that will stay with me forever. He has supported my channel, given priceless advice, and above all, been this long-distance friend that has an unwavering belief that I can make my own dreams come true. 

I cannot thank him, his delightful wife, Sarah, Stan, and the rest of the team enough for inviting me to Indiana and being so professional, gracious, patient, and encouraging. This experience will no doubt inform the rest of my entertainment and comedy career, and I am better for it. 

Thanks so much, guys.

xo - Akilah

p.s.: I can’t wait to share our work with you!!!!!!!

p.s.s.: There may be another John Green inspired Tipsy Book Review in the works…

February 27th, 2014

Pinning for Sandgrens - Last Days!

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Hey there!

Sandgrens (the adorable authentic Swedish clog company) anointed me their “Chosen One” for Pinterest this February! All month long I’ve been posting the cutest looks and my aesthetic all over their board! Check out and follow the board I’m curating here!

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pssst, I got these in red. Cannot WAIT for spring!

xo - Akilah

February 13th, 2014

A lot of people keep asking me how to become successful at YouTube or comedy…

And it’s funny because I’m still on my journey. I am still figuring out what I want to do. I’m having fun and making a living, but I’m still thinking BIG PICTURE. LONG TERM. I’m not on a pedestal, I’m still on the trail.

I think I’m finally beginning to close the gap Ira Glass talks about in this. People forget that I’ve been making videos on YouTube for years! YEARS! People are just now noticing because I’ve finally found my own true authentic voice and the people who can help me translate that into video. So if you want to do comedy—stand up, improv, sketches, etc., or if you want to be a youtuber or on TV, all I can say is start now. Stop waiting until it’s perfect because no one was perfect day 1. People work and work and work at their passions until they finally embody their art, and I have no doubt that anyone on the planet can do it if they work hard at what they care about now rather than later.

Good luck,

xo - Akilah

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