Hard To Say Goodbye

June 30, 2023 / Posted by:

I promise I won’t make this too long.

Thousands of years ago (aka 2008), my friend Akona introduced me to the magic that is Dlisted.com. As someone who loves pop culture and entertainment news, I did a deep dive. And once I finally regained consciousness from the beatdown of sarcasm and top-tier writing, I knew I was in love. 

As the years followed, I continued to be an avid reader, soaking up all of the classic terms we’ve come to love, like Basement Baby, Chicken CutletsWhite Oprah, and Pimp Mama Kris, which is my personal all-time favorite. Michael K, my long-distance best friend in my head, used the same snarky tone I’ve used with my friends for many years. And as he expanded his writer’s team and put out a call for more writers, I figured, “What the Hell? I’ll give it a shot.”  Now, here I am, six and a half years later. Saying Goodbye way sooner than I thought I would.

I have enjoyed every curse word, every moment, every joke, every side eye, and ultimately, every THING about writing for Dlisted. No matter what I had going on in my life (like my former corporate gig where shit wasn’t nearly as fun or funny), I made sure my words and my writing made it to you because that’s how much it has always meant to me. And OH…(pearl clutch and sigh for dramatic effect), you’ll never know how much I am going to miss you. To all of my fellow writers through these past six and a half years, Thank You. THANK YOU. Your humor. Your wit. Your commitment…is unmatched. Every day, we took these stories, pulled our hair up, and slathered our faces with Vaseline for epic street fights of paragraphs and punchlines. And we always emerged victorious.

Now that it’s time to go in our separate directions, we will always be tethered to one another through the time we spend in this beautiful world of handing celebrities their asses on a daily basis. As a collective, we know how to write. But during our time together, we also let the world know we are funny as fuck and not afraid to be the bold voice saying the things that need to be said. And with that, my loves, as I have signed off with Michael on many occasions, I am so glad we had this time together. 

Please, keep in touch. You can follow me on Instagram @bentheoutspoken. Or if you’d like to hit me directly with your love (or hate because bitches be hatin’ too), shoot me an email at [email protected]. And remember, I’m a free agent now, so if you want me on your team, I’m available.

I can’t believe it’s over, but as they say, when one door closes, check the window because your stalker might be there trying to break in a different way. Please be that stalker for me. I love you all. Take care. Be kind. Love one another and always…ALWAYS….speak your truth. Your words matter, and your light is needed. 

And with that…I’m out. Ben (mic drop).

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