Alicia Cook

Follow Alicia on Instagram: @thealiciacook. She holds a BA in English and her MBA. She loves champagne, the ocean, and french fries.

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. …
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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 y…
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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 …
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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 …
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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,…
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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 t…
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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…
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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 n…
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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. Ironi…
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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.” I…
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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 y…
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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 ba…
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Everything I've Wanted To Say To My Cousin Since She Overdosed 8 Years Ago

Dear Jess, It's been eight years since you succumbed to your demons. I remember that day so vividly. “Jess is gone,” my dad told me. “Gone? She ran away?” “No. She’s GONE,” he confirmed. I’ve written about you twice -- twice in eight years. They were…
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Why We Really Need To Worry About How Bullying Is Affecting The Human Race

There’s an epidemic in our culture these days, and it is disheartening. Most of it is unwarranted and unprovoked. Most of it hides behind a cloak of anonymity in the social networking universe that has engulfed our generation. Some are hurt, repeated…
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Never Forget: Recounting My 9/11 Experience, From Someone Who Saw The Smoke

On September 11, 2001, I was a sophomore at a school located in Essex County, New Jersey, less than 15 miles from New York City. My younger brother and sister attended two different schools, so my mom would have a lot of stops to make that morning. M…
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