Inside September Box of Shadows
Review, Unboxing

Unboxing Magic: Box of Shadows – Mabon

Written by: Marrista K. Stubbs The Supreme Box We're unboxing a different kind of beauty this month at Melanin Squared. For those of you who don't know, I love to celebrate the Earth and natural energies. Put simply, I'm spiritual/pagan. Because of this, I'm always looking for resources that can help me learn about being… Continue reading Unboxing Magic: Box of Shadows – Mabon

Travel

High On Anime: Psycho-Pass

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Coco and I have decided to combine two of our favorite ways to relax (THC and animations) and put them together for a fun review show we do on our YouTube channel. In these videos we break down what different animations are about and give our recommendations for… Continue reading High On Anime: Psycho-Pass

Beauty & Fashion, Review, Unboxing

Unboxing Beauty July: Bombay and Cedar

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Hello, beautiful people! It's been a minute, but I'm back with another unboxing. Sorry for the wait, this one took a bit longer to get here (I got it the last day of July😫). And I wanted a little time to test everything out before I wrote a… Continue reading Unboxing Beauty July: Bombay and Cedar

Beauty & Fashion, General

7 BIPOC Companies to Buy During the Economic Blackout

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Welcome to July!! Usually around this time of year people are out with their families celebrating the "Independence" of America. This is often a big week for spending with the 4th of July today, but most of America's money goes into big brands and companies that don't support… Continue reading 7 BIPOC Companies to Buy During the Economic Blackout

Beauty & Fashion, Review, Unboxing

Unboxing Beauty June: Kinder Beauty Box

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs It's summertime and skincare, with the heat and humidity at it's peak, is more important than ever! This month I have received another box from Kinder Beauty to add to my cruelty-free, self-care regimen. One thing I've enjoyed about my subscription is receiving emails from Kinder Beauty showing… Continue reading Unboxing Beauty June: Kinder Beauty Box

Anime, General

Animations Addressing Racism

Written by: Coco YanceyEdited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Unfortunately, there aren’t enough animations that cover the serious topics we as minorities face in our daily lives. One of these issues has been thrust into the spotlight recently but should have been discussed in every home long before this escalation.  Racism. We, now more than ever,… Continue reading Animations Addressing Racism

Beauty & Fashion, Review, Unboxing

Unboxing Beauty May: Kinder Beauty Box

Written and Edited by: Marrista K. Stubbs Spring has sprung and we're one month closer to the beauty of summer! As a part of my journey into the world of cosplay and beauty, May's unboxing is for Kinder Beauty. The site offers only one box, starting at $25 USD/month, and a few payment plans that… Continue reading Unboxing Beauty May: Kinder Beauty Box

Experiences, General, Travel

Holding History: Osaka Castle

Written By: Coco YanceyEdited By: Marrista K. Stubbs I’m a pretty simple gal. Travel and Japanese culture bring pure joy into my life. On our fall trip to Japan last year, I got the chance to join these loves and have a once in a lifetime experience: To hold a traditional and historic Japanese sword.… Continue reading Holding History: Osaka Castle

Food, General

Keeping Cookies Squared

Written and Edited By: Marrista K. Stubbs Double Chocolate Chip Cookies When Coco and I started getting serious about Melanin Squared, I knew that I wanted to utilize our platform as a way to share with people; information, entertainment, and any happiness my talents can produce. One of these talents includes baking. I find this… Continue reading Keeping Cookies Squared

Experiences, Leisure, Travel

My Japanese Airbnb Experience

Written by: Coco YanceyEdited by: Marrista K. Stubbs For Marrista’s birthday last year, we decided to do an Airbnb experience while in Japan. Airbnb experiences are unique activities hosted by locals only offered through the website. We both wanted to do something affordable, educational, and unique. We ended up searching for the most activity-packed experience… Continue reading My Japanese Airbnb Experience