• Alicia Cook on Family Comes First

    Why I’m Thankful I Never Had The ‘Cool’ Parents Growing Up

    Why I’m Thankful I Never Had The ‘Cool’ Parents Growing Up

    My father called me “just to talk” while he waited for my mother to come out of the grocery store. He didn’t call to offer fatherly wisdom or make sure I had my tires rotated. He called “just because.” He simply wanted to “shoot the breeze” with me. I have these moments with both of […]
  • Alicia Cook in Life

    Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate: What It’s Like To Love A Drug Addict

    Addiction Doesn’t Discriminate: What It’s Like To Love A Drug Addict

    I am not an addict. But if you try to love one, I am positive you will become addicted to trying to fix him. If you're lucky, he’ll recover. If you're really lucky, he’ll recover and still be there for you. Loving a drug addict can and will consume your every thought. Watching his physical deterioration […]
  • Alicia Cook in Life

    Simpler Times: Why Millennials Will Always Miss ‘The Good Old Days’

    Simpler Times: Why Millennials Will Always Miss ‘The Good Old Days’

    Memory Lane is not an actual, physical street. Lately, for Millennials, it’s been displayed in the reboot of movies, food and fashion accessories. They’re everywhere you look. “Jurassic World,” “Fuller House,” “Girls Meets World,” “Space Jam 2,” you name it, they are remaking it. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and Internet articles (not much […]
  • Alicia Cook in Business

    I Worked At Abercrombie And Its ‘Rebranding’ Comes 7 Years Too Late

    I Worked At Abercrombie And Its ‘Rebranding’ Comes 7 Years Too Late

    I just read in the Wall Street Journal that Abercrombie & Fitch Company announced it would stop hiring sales staff on “body type or physical attractiveness,” and will relax its infamous “look policy.” Brand Representative will replace “Model” as the title for the sales staff as well. According to the article, in general, the company's marketing, which […]
  • Alicia Cook in Culture

    What Saint Patrick’s Day Means To Me As The Daughter Of A Firefighter

    What Saint Patrick’s Day Means To Me As The Daughter Of A Firefighter

    Growing up as a fireman's daughter, Saint Patrick's Day was always a big deal. It wasn’t just a day, it was a season. For as long as I can remember, we attended parades as if we were on a campaign circuit — especially the Newark and Seaside Heights, NJ parades. No matter where we went, everyone […]
  • Alicia Cook in Music

    Beyoncé, U2, Drake: Why The Unexpected Album Release Is The New Black

    Beyoncé, U2, Drake: Why The Unexpected Album Release Is The New Black

    On December 13, 2013, Beyoncé unexpectedly released her fifth studio album without any notice. Basically, her fans lost their minds when they realized what had transpired. On September 9, 2014, U2 took it one step further and just gave iTunes users their CD without any warning, regardless if they were fans of the band or […]
  • Alicia Cook on Awards Season

    Why Kanye West Is The One Who Doesn’t ‘Respect Artistry’

    Why Kanye West Is The One Who Doesn’t ‘Respect Artistry’

    I want to like Kanye West, I really do. With an impressive 21 Grammy wins over his career alone, I want to like him as much as I like his music. But, it's damn near impossible, given his over-the-top arrogance and disrespectful behavior. Kanye West's 2009 alter ego, known as, um, Kanye West, almost made […]
  • Alicia Cook in Culture

    Why I Deactivated My Facebook Account Four Years Ago

    Why I Deactivated My Facebook Account Four Years Ago

    In 2004, I began my first year of college, which was also the birth year of Facebook. Everything changed when Facebook arrived. Pictures could be shared and tagged; you could be Googled, and you could easily check up on an ex. (Remember the days of never knowing what his new girlfriend looked like? Yeah, me […]
  • Alicia Cook in Celebrity

    Her Mother’s Daughter: Why Bobbi Kristina Brown Deserves Respect

    Her Mother’s Daughter: Why Bobbi Kristina Brown Deserves Respect

    Before Whitney Houston's death in 2012, I knew she and fellow singer Bobby Brown had a child. I knew they named her Bobbi, and I knew she was seven years younger than me. And, that's where my knowledge of Bobbi Kristina Brown started and ended. Ironically enough, it wasn't until the last few months of the […]
  • Alicia Cook in Culture

    Why Christmas Is The Best Time Of Year, No Matter How Old You Are

    Why Christmas Is The Best Time Of Year, No Matter How Old You Are

    I am not a fan of cold weather. I tend to chase the forecast when I can, and find sanctuary in the warmth of the sun. Yet, I am keenly aware of how damn happy this time of year makes me. There is a reason why “it's the most wonderful time of year.” It is […]
  • Alicia Cook in Life

    What I Learned When I Cut Ties With A Toxic Family Member

    What I Learned When I Cut Ties With A Toxic Family Member

    Organically growing apart from someone and needing to cut ties with a toxic person in your life are two very different calls to action. Someone could be putting you in harm's way, stealing from you, leading you down a bad path, spreading lies about you to hurt your reputation or doing a slew of other vindictive […]
  • Alicia Cook in Generation Y

    From One Shore Kid To Another: How We Feel About Sandy 2 Years Later

    From One Shore Kid To Another: How We Feel About Sandy 2 Years Later

    Everyone has a hometown: a place where they were raised, where they went to school and where they learned to ride a bike. Everyone's hometown means something different to him or her. Some never leave, some can't wait to leave, but many always come back. There's a reason people sing about their hometowns, take their […]