Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Freelance writer, editor, and content creator. Topics of expertise include entertainment news, cultural criticism, social justice, women's lifestyle, feminism, geek culture, parenting, style, beauty, and spirituality.

How I Learned To Stop Hating Myself And Love The Word “Blerd”

I grew up surrounded by nerds, though I didn’t know it at the time. A father with an impressive collection of Star Trek VHS tapes. A brother whose knowledge of kung fu movies verged on encyclopedic. The Twilight Zone marathons held on every major holiday, the books stacked along every wall of the basement. Today, I’d consider these things the markings of a nerdy home, but if you’d ask me as a kid, I’d say that we weren’t nerds.

9 Simple Steps To Beating A Mid-Summer Slump

I don’t know about you, but I start getting antsy about how I’m wasting my summer vacation (and, honestly, my life) if I’m not having The Best Summer of My Entire Life by July 4th. Maybe some of you are like me. You haven’t gone on any movie-worthy road trips, or feel like you’ve made any lifelong memories, or even managed to just have a really good night out yet. Fear not—here’s a step-by-step guide to adding some sizzle to any lackluster summer.

SLIFF Documentary Takes An Unflinching Look At The History Of The Black Image In America

Thomas Allen Harris’ newest documentary, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and The Emergence of a People, is many things: poignant, honest, and, at times, downright painful to watch. The film will be screening tonight as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival at 7:30 pm at Washington University. Below, the director talks about the emotional, 10-year journey it took to make the film and what he hopes to accomplish with the interactive experience he created to accompany it, Th

Why Your Major Doesn’t Matter

Do you know what cryptozoology is? Merriam-Webster defines it as the study of and search for legendary animals, in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence. In the summer of 2008 I was fresh out of high school, 18 years old, and hell bent on becoming the crazy-hair-having expert the history channel interviews for their specials on Big Foot and the Jersey Devil. However, by September summer had ended and my interest in becoming an authority on Seriously Cool Weird Stuff had waned and