Desiree Tally: The Culture Commentator Who Is Changing The Narrative

(Photos courtesy of Desiree Talley)

Many dream of various platforms of success. Some study for their chance while others let their feet hit the pavement.  Desiree Talley is definitely one woman who is living out her dreams. She’s a talented and multifaceted woman who is changing the culture with her gift. 

Desiree wears many hats to craft her passion in various elements. She is an entertainment lawyer, model and podcast host. Her role in the legal industry was interesting to date. She quickly learned, grew and rose in rank. She currently leads her own boutique law firm known as Talley Law Group. It wasn’t easy though and she has advice for aspiring lawyers.

“Aspiring attorneys should network and ask for help! Take advantage of LinkedIn to reach out to attorneys for advice and guidance,” she advises. “Embarking on a legal career can be challenging because there are so many paths to take and doing it alone is hard. So lighten the load. If you ask, seasoned attorneys are more inclined to help students or young attorneys figure it out,” she continues.  In addition to impacting the courtroom, Desiree has impacts our culture and community. 

The LA native is actively supporting some of our favorite entertainment enterprises as they curate content for the big screen. Her advisement is priceless as a woman of color in a male dominated industry. “I am impacting communities of color by educating my people on the law and ensuring that they understand the legal significance of their deals. When in private practice, I made sure to inform my clients that education is a part of my practice and that their participation in that education was required in order for me to represent them,” Desiree adds. “Sometimes, I would make minor typos in the agreement so they can catch it. If they did not catch the typo, I knew that they did not read the agreement. I did this to empower them to be able to make sound, independent decisions moving forward,” she confessed.

Her impact doesn’t stop there. She also created and hosts her own entertainment and pop culture podcast. “My impact on communities of color is still highlighted through my podcast, POPLAW. The POPLAW Podcast is an entertainment law podcast where I educate listeners on the law through the guise of celebrity lawsuits,” Desiree states. “If there is a hot topic in entertainment with a legal component, it will be discussed on POPLAW. This is a free resource for people who cannot afford an attorney to learn how to navigate agreements on their own,” she says proudly. 

Balance is definitely key when you navigate various platforms like Desiree. For her, she prides herself on self-care or “me time”. “During my me time, I completely unplug from my cell phone or computer for at least an hour, so that I can be fully present and focus on myself. With a highly stressful job like mine, ‘me time’ is important and black girls deserve luxury too!,” she adds. Desiree Talley is the Commentator for the Culture by all means. Connect with her brand on LinkedIn at Desiree Talley or via her website:

Writer, C. Scott, is a mompreneur, social worker, educator and lover of all things literary related.  Follow her online as @curls_coils.  

Living The Dream With TikTok Creator Dream Long

Meet Dream Long, a 27 year old creative originally from Atlanta GA, and now taking Birmingham AL by storm. Dream, despite bringing smiles to millions she is no stranger to pain. Two years ago she lost her fiance’ after just purchasing their first home together. Feeling like her life was over, She went to TikTok with the motive of just watching videos to be entertained and serve as a distraction.

Dream started creating funny voice-over videos and dance challenges along with other content. Before she knew it her videos started getting more and more likes and she follow count skyrocketed.

With the amazing help of her supporters, she has been able to stay uplifted and create amazing content that not only inspires others but inspires herself to keep pushing forward.

First of all, I love your name and it’s Very metaphoric. Who named you? What is the meaning behind your name?

My dad actually named me, he had already had a boy in his previous relationship, so when he and my mom got married he said “if I have a girl I’m naming her Dream because it will be my dream come true to have my first baby girl”

Out of tragedy, losing your fiancée, you channeled that pain into something productive. Tell our readers how social media helped you through.

Honestly it was hard at first trying to get back into the swing of things after my fiancé passed away. I deleted all social media apps but TikTok because it kept me entertained and distracted. So once I actually started making my own videos for fun, and just seeing all these nice strangers tell me how much they love my content and me as a person, it really helped me out of a dark place and kept me moving forward.

What advice can you give readers on how to use social media in a positive way?

I personally just have fun I don’t look for people’s validation or opinions especially not if they’re negative, I will completely ignore any negativity from anybody. And I constantly try to promote positivity and happiness and just doing something that you enjoy doing, is what matters. Just be you! And also don’t put others down for being who they are.

How has social media impacted your life since your tragic experience?

My favorite thing to say is, what started off as a distraction turned into an opportunity and since I’ve been on TikTok I have gotten so many different opportunities, and TikTok has impacted my life in a great way. The first major impact is my wonderful supporters, The second is the different companies I get to work with, third the Financial benefits, and to save the best for last, my new relationship with the most amazing man a woman could ask for.

I watched your TikTok and I really need to know why you chose wigs to review?

I have always been obsessed with hair since I can remember. I make my own wigs and I can stay up all night just watching different wig reviews. So when I got messaged by these different wig companies wanting me to review their hair, oh! It was right up my alley!

Also on TikTok, I see that you love to dance. When did you start dancing? What does dancing do for you?

Yes! Dancing is definitely another one of my obsessions more so a passion. I’ve been dancing honestly since I was maybe 10, just messing around, and then I got better as I got older from watching different dance movies/videos, family members that knew how to dance, and then I just kind of put my own spin on it over time. I would say dancing is another outlet and distraction, it helps me get out of my head and just have fun and for a brief moment, I forget all the stress I have to deal with in the world.

If you could choreograph and perform a routine for anybody in the world, who would it be and why?

That’s a hard one because I have so many but if I had to pick I would say Kehlani. I absolutely love her she’s amazing in her style, her oves, her voice, everything about this woman is just amazing so it would be honored if I could choreograph a dance and perform it in front of her.

Connect with Dream and watch her videos, I’m sure she will touch your heart as well.

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National Work Like A Dog Day

I don’t know how I feel about this day because am I working hard on my business or working hard for someone else’s business? These are the questions I want to know! So if you working extremely hard for a business I really hope it is yours and not for someone else to grow and prosper with their business. Don’t get me wrong it’s cool to work for others but it’s even better to work for yourself #prettywomenhustle PERIOD! When I read and hear that I’m only thinking about building my business from the ground up! So yes Work hard today for your business! See you at the top queen!

August Stimulating Tips for Teens’

Credit Card vs. Debit Card

Which will you choose to use?

Credit cards: are a convenient way of borrowing to purchase goods and services. Part of the agreement in using a credit card is that you must pay back a percentage of the amount charged. This payment amount will include an additional finance charge, this is considered the minimum payment. It is wise to always pay more than the requested amount if you can, to decrease additional finance charges and the next month’s minimum payment amount.

Debit cards: Be careful, both cards can look the same! Debit card transaction monies come from your checking account or direct deposit account from your payroll. Whenever you use your debit card, the money is deducted within 48 hours or less. Be careful not to over-spend using either card. Always stick to your budget and place alerts on your cards to help you so you don’t overspend and to alert you in the event of fraud.

Look for next month’s $timulating Tips discussion. Until then, Keep your mind on your money!

D’Lashelle Porter


L.A.L.A. Nonprofit Org.

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