On White Fears and Black Freedoms

The story is old. A white woman’s fear costs a black man his freedom. The story is old. White woman sees black man where she does not want him to be and tells him to leave. You don’t belong here. Used to be a sidewalk. Now it’s a coffee house. Implicit bias? Overt bias? It […]

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I’m not the best

I’m not the best artist. I’m not the best singer. I’m not the best writer.  But when I create, I feel so good. When I take letters and words or paper and pencil or a song that’s been on my heart and use them to create…pure joy.  And that matters more than being the best. 

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“It’s Not Fair:” A Working-Class Mama with Middle-Class Kids

“It’s not fair.” The first words out of my seven-year old’s mouth after leaving a birthday party turned barbecue at the home of one of her classmates. She had a great time, and her brother too as he tagged along for the party. I sort of knew what she meant when she said those words, […]

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RIP to the King

I am a huge MJ fan. Aside from Janet Jackson, he is my favorite artist. I couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to him than by singing some of my favorite songs of his. I don’t write about music…to me, music is a feeling that cannot be put into words. At least I can’t […]

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A Church’s Refusal to Name Racism Gives White Supremacy a Seat in God’s House

The Sunday after the Charleston Massacre, churches all over the country prayed for the victims and their families. Taking their cue from the Emmanuel AME Church itself, pastors, reverends, and deacons encouraged their congregations to seek solace in God’s embrace. In addition, they implored their flock to show compassion and forgiveness. Their message encouraged togetherness in […]

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Black People Need to Stop Forgiving White Supremacy

News of the massacre at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston S.C. spread like wildfire on social media Wednesday evening, before the mainstream media picked it up. Twitter immediately recognized the significance of the murder of nine black churchgoers; we relived the grief of associated with the deaths of Addie Mae Collins, Denise […]

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Today, I choose Joy

Today, I choose joy. Grateful that I have that choice.  Go Warriors!   

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Rachel Dolezal Does Not Have A Right To Be Black.

My friends asked me for my thoughts on this article. So here goes. My first critiques of this piece focus on the unsubstantiated factual claims: “Jenner seems to have ushered in an era of greater tolerance about the constructed nature of identity.” This ignores the fact that over eight trans women of color have been […]

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