Doyin is a writer and digital storyteller who was born in Nigeria and raised in Texas. She enjoys fantasy novels, good movies, and bad tv shows.

What Your Number Of Siblings Says About You

Have you ever thought about how the number of siblings you have affects you? It’s common to hear negative stereotypes about kids who are only children, but what about those of us who have one, two, or three siblings? What can our siblings —…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

17 Women On The "Imperfections" They Now Embrace

When I was in the 10th grade, a boy who said he liked me told me that I would be pretty if I just straightened my teeth. I didn’t tell him to get out of my face and keep his opinions to himself — I just closed my mouth, because at the time, I…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Black Americans Can Soon Trace Family History

Considering the current state of racial tension and injustice in the US, this is some truly exciting news. Soon, millions of black Americans will be able to trace their family history through slavery, and hopefully further back to their families’…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

How Rich Are You Compared To Other Americans?

Now you can finally put all your "I'm broke" statements to the test and see whether or not you’re really as poor as you joke about being. Thanks to the Wealthometer, created by Maximilian Kasy, an assistant economics professor at Harvard, you can…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

This Video Proves That "Love Is Love"

If you’re one of the people getting very impatient for the impending SCOTUS same-sex marriage ruling, here's something that might make the wait more tolerable. Brides.com has put together "Love Is Love," a same-sex wedding compilation video that's…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

A Look Back At America's Favorite Lawn Decor

The US received some sad news this week: the creator of the pink plastic flamingo, Donald Featherstone, died on Monday at age 79. His wife, Nancy Featherstone, told the Associated Press that he died in a elder care facility in Massachusetts after…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

The Marriage Proposal No One Could Say No To

OK, I know the recent McDonald's proposal may have soured the taste of food-based marriage proposals for you, but hear me out on this one: Pizza. That’s it. I don’t mean rings strategically placed in the center of a pie or taped to the inside of a…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Acroyoga: Partner Yoga At Its Best

Yoga is typically performed as a solo activity, with practitioners reaping the benefits of an exercise meant to help center and strengthen both your body and your mind. And now if you’re considering building the connection and trust in a…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

People Imitating American Accents Is Hilarious

Who doesn’t like to try on another accent every now and then? But how many of us have heard other people from around the world attempting an American accent? Well, thankfully Buzzfeed filled that void in our lives by asking people from around to…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

A Cell Phone... For Black People?

Activist and Comedian Franchesca Ramsey has been one of my favorite Youtubers since she came out with “Shit White Girls Say To Black Girls.” It’s that hilarity and frankness that she brings to “Decoded," MTV News' new web series on race. In her…
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Rachel Dolezal Could Have Been An Ally

When I opened up Twitter on Thursday and saw my timeline abuzz with talk of the (now former) Spokane, Washington, NAACP President Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who pretended to be black for over a decade, I spent the next few hours of that night…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

You Should Probably Change How You Sign Emails

I feel like this is a safe place, so I can finally admit this: I absolutely hate ending my emails with “best.” And I’m not the only one — Rebecca Greenfield, writing for Bloomberg, explained why it’s time for us to do away with "best," one of the…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Why Are These Men Being Treated Like Criminals?

For EJ Brown, the creator of a collection of photos called “The Mugshot Series,” the frustration began when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. And it continued boiling up until the Michael Brown and Walter Scott shootings. “I was just really…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Share This Poem With Your Mother

When I first heard the poem "Dear Mama" by Daysha Edewi, it reminded me of something I don't acknowledge as often as I think I should: my mother is also somebody's daughter, and she's also gone through many of the things I'm currently going through.…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

7 Reasons English Is The Worst Language

A few weeks ago, I was on the phone with my younger sister when she mispronounced a word. I corrected her, but soon changed my mind about doing so and said “I have no respect for the English language.” It was an opinion that had been quietly forming…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Is The Pill To Blame For This 21-Year-Old's Death?

There are many side effects of the pill: some as minor as nausea and weight gain, some as serious as blood clots. The estrogen in birth control pills can increase a woman's chances of developing a blood clot by up to four times. While the chances of…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Was Your Mom Strict? Good News For You

So maybe a little tough love is helpful after all. According to a study conducted at the University of Essex, daughters who have strict mothers are more likely to be successful in life. The moments when you clashed with your mom were all worth it…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Use This Video To Explain Consent To Anyone

You want to know something that’s actually very easy to understand? Consent. Unfortunately, due to the kind of society we live in, the concept of consent has become very difficult for some people to grasp. Hopefully this wonderfully simple cartoon…
By Doyin Oyeniyi

Science Says It's Necessary For Men To Exist

How many times have you jokingly said, “Men: who needs them?” while being absolutely kind of serious? It turns out that biologists have been very seriously asking the same question for years. YEARS. And just recently a group of scientists from the…
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Texans Have Their Own Set Of Emojis

What do you get when you cross a Texan and a taco-less emoji selection? TexMoji, emojis just for Texans. And yes, they finally include tacos. TexMoji is the brainchild of Rich O'Toole, a Houston-based musician and taco-lover, and Sean Compton, the…
By Doyin Oyeniyi