About Me

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Hey y'all, I'm Shaye, your snarky, tell it like it is, blogger bestie and le amazing editor-in-chief of Popcorn and Tequila. I'm the the most virgoest Virgo you'll ever meet, a proud Brooklynite + Hufflepuff, and a '90s baby with a strong love for tequila. (But I'll drink just about any pretty colored cocktail you hand me, that doesn't include vodka.)

By day, I juggle a full-time job helping my counseling graduate students stay sane and updated as they complete their courses, and during the night I immerse myself in the magical world of entertainment via this here blog. I’m also a full time single mom to a sassy tween, so my life is a blend of popcorn-filled movie nights, delightful Disney escapades, as many rum punch brunches with my friends as I can fit into my crazy schedule, and unforgettable adventures + experiences.

Juggling three jobs means I wear a ton of different hats … but I’m mostly known for being a:

Multitasking Marvel: Balancing a demanding full-time job with the responsibilities of running Popcorn and Tequila and raising my tween daughter solo keeps me on my toes, but it fuels my passion for delivering engaging content.

Film & TV Aficionado: I find immense joy in dissecting the mental health aspects woven into movies and TV shows in a snarky tone. (And angering those that read my reviews with my opinions.) From heartwarming rom-coms to epic blockbusters, and even Black led horrors, I dive deep into the world of cinema, delivering reviews that are as entertaining as the films themselves.

Rum Punch Brunch Lover: Ever tasted the perfect rum punch? I have! And it’s right here in Brooklyn! Now I'm on a mission to help you find the best cocktails worth traveling the world for and sharing recipes that will elevate your movie nights to legendary status.

Adventure Seeker: Life's too short to stay in one place! (Especially if you live in NYC like me.) And now that I’ve gotten rid of my travel anxiety, I’m exploring new horizons, and uncovering hidden gems wherever I go.

Disney Devotee: Not only do I adore Disney, but I also co-create magic in the Black Disney Moms Facebook group, fostering a community of over 12,000 Disney lovers who share the same passion.

Proud Hufflepuff & Virgo: With the loyalty of a Hufflepuff and the precision of a Virgo, I'm meticulous about delivering content that sparkles with authenticity and enthusiasm.

My Credentials:

Film Festival Insider: I've had the incredible opportunity to cover renowned film festivals like Sundance, SXSW, ABFF, TIFF, and Tribeca, immersing myself in the latest cinematic wonders and networking with like-minded talented individuals like myself and filmmakers who make the very movies and tv shows that we love.

Award-Winning Nominee: Being nominated as a 2023 Outstanding Blogger for the Full Figured Industry Awards was an honor, motivating me to continue delivering top-notch content.

Media Maven: My work has been featured in esteemed publications, including the L.A Times, Parents, and SheKnows, showcasing my versatility as a writer and entertainment expert.

Red-Carpet Royalty: I've graced several red carpets, attending premieres for blockbuster hits like Frozen 2, The Blackening, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, bringing you firsthand glimpses of Hollywood glam.

Star-Studded Connections: I've chatted with celebrities like Yvette Nicole Brown, Kel Mitchell, Laz Alonso, Yvonne Orji, and regulary tweet icons like The Rock, forming genuine connections with the stars I admire on and off screen.

Partnerships That Pop: I've collaborated with renowned brands and PR firms such as Nintendo, Alamo Drafthouse, Lush Cosmetics, and Toyota, helping them create buzz around movies and entertainment events.

And I can’t wait to see what other opportunities and experiences the future holds! Now that you’ve made it this far, let's make your brand the talk of the town! If you're looking for a vibrant, engaging, and influential voice to amplify your message, look no further. Popcorn and Tequila isn't just a blog; it's an experience. Let's collaborate and bring the magic of entertainment to the world together! 🍿✨

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Mission Statement

At Popcorn and Tequila, I blend entertainment, travel, and culture, with my snarky, but honest tone, to create a vibrant space for millennials of color to discover, digest, and discuss their geeky obsessions, along with their mental health and wellness in a safe space.

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“Shaye has consistently supported our projects that are an organic fit to her audience, participates in studio-run events and is an engaging advocate for the projects that she is passionate about. We love working with her.” - Risa & Ari, Boutique Publicity

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