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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What’s Wrong with Rachel Dolezal?

I’m just gonna compile my thoughts here given the conversations I’ve seen today. This will be updated as I think about it more. Initial thoughts: So I got thoughts on this NAACP lady. But this is a situation where I need more facts. But, to put it simply, I feel really uncomfortable with making people […]

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New on CocoaMamas: Racial Microaggressions in Elementary School

Hi all — Have a new post up on CocoaMamas. Photo: Me! All rights reserved. Our school district has recently started a new task force looking at minority achievement. In such a resource rich district, but also with many social inequalities, its unsurprising but still really angering that we have disparities in the rate of […]

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beating the dead jailed horse

Today’s Oprah was a repeat. Everything I am about to say is about old, old news and I am stirring up an old, old debate. Mark Fuhrman was on a repeat of Oprah today. Remember him? He says his obit in newspapers will read “the disgraced detective from the O.J. Simpson trial died today.” That’s […]

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Drowning in Fear

Crossposted on Cocoamamas! Today was our first day of swimming lessons. While Ahmir, my 4 year old, was like a fish out of water – scared, timid, shaky – at least he resembled a fish. I was amazed at what the instructor got my notoriously skittish little one to do – let go of the side (while […]

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a different kind of mom

Am I a different kind of black folk? Am I a different kind of mom? Every day I go to pick up Ahmir at preschool, I ask him what he did and who he did it with. I’m interested in building his group of friends beyond those he sees every day to especially those he […]

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a big reason

Why I have re-decided to go to law school…

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superwoman

Everywhere I’m turning/Nothing seems complete/I stand up and I’m searching/For a better part of me I hang my head from sorrow/State of humanity/I wear it on my shoulders/Gotta find the strength in me Cause I/Am/A Superwoman/Yes I am (Yes she is) Even when I’m mess/Still I put on my vest/With an S on my chest/Oh […]

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i’ve thought about this

About whether or not to write about, or more accurately, link about. When I was in college, I did a lot of work with race and gender. I really did more with race, but that kinda gets to the heart of the issue. Since leaving college, I’ve often talked about and written about these issues, […]

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YES…WE…CAN speak truth to power

How proud I am today of Senator Barak Obama. How much I want this man to win the Nomination and then the Presidency. I want to cry at the prospect, dance through the aisles of the supermarket, lift up my voice and make a joyful noise. For I have not yet heard ANY politician be […]

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