(March 12, 2014) When I first started Concrete Loop back in November of 2005, I didn’t know how far it would bring me. It started as a hobby with 5 dollars a couple days before my 21st birthday. During that time, I was struggling with self-esteem issues, depression and was having difficulties adapting to new surroundings. Little did I know that more than 8 years later it would help mold me into the strong confident woman I am today.
Concrete Loop not only brought some amazing people in my life, it has afforded me some one of a kind and life changing opportunities. I’ve opened a business, wrote a best selling blogging book, been invited to the White House, spoken on numerous prestigious panels, interviewed and met countless celebrities and most importantly was paid to do something I loved to do.
I always said I would continue to do this until it was no longer my passion and that day has come. I took awhile to think about it and without getting into too much detail, I have decided to close the site down indefinitely.
I want to personally thank the millions of readers who helped to grow CL into the well known brand it is today. Without your support none of this would have been possible. Anytime I was going through something, many of you would send positive emails of encouragement and I’ll always cherish those. I will also miss those crazy debates in the comment area and the commenter that a lot of you love to hate, Judah.
I know many of you will be upset about the site closing but I hope to inspire you all to live life on your terms and continue to reach new goals that YOU set for yourself.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all the amazing CL contributors from past and present.
Brian Davis, Tianna Gordan-Wayns, Taj Washington, J. Dakar, Christine Imarenezor, Latifah Muhammad, Felicia Mancini, Norell Clemons, Marjua Estevez, Andrea K. Castillo and Dionne Fowler.
It has been an honor working and growing with you. Your hard work and efficiency will always be appreciated by anyone who has ever read this blog.
Thank you everyone for your support of Concrete Loop. It has truly been an amazing ride.
-Angel Laws, Founder & Editor