Category Archives: Life

June 29

Fists Down-Part II

In my previous post, I discussed how reading Eldridge Cleaver’s “Soul on Ice” affected my view of the Black Panther Party. Today I will review how the revelations of another former Black Panther stunned me further, sealing my disillusionment.   When the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Nationalism in […]

June 10

Fists Down-Part I

In this two-part series I detail how I fell out of love with the militancy I found so enthralling in my youth. Today’s post delves into how a book I read as a teen unsettled me and led to uncomfortable questions about my idols.

June 08

Life is Good

Like many of you, 2020 has not gone the way I expected! We are roughly halfway through the year and my life is in a different place than it was on January 1st. On June 3rd I looked at my monthly calendar, wistfully smiling at what I wrote months before. My last day at my […]

July 27

Diaspora Tings

As the mother of a bicultural child,the incessant Dispora Wars on social media resonate on a personal level. In today’s post I delve into my reasons for staying out of them altogether.

May 10

New Territory: On Humility in Parenting

As a parent, I don’t think that the basic act of procreating is an accomplishment. As long as your reproductive system is in order, having a child is an easy process. The act of raising that child to be a well-balanced, creative, emotionally healthy, confident, and successful adult is another matter. Before my daughter was […]

March 20

The Beauty of Choice

“Because you never know where life is gonna take you and you can’t change where you’ve been, But today, I have the opportunity to choose”-India Arie, ‘I Choose’ Monday to Friday I rise at 5:15am to begin my day. As I shower, brush my teeth, and give my face a light touch of makeup, I listen to […]

February 18

Deja Vu

November 1992 I grimace in dismay as dingy water from the puddle I carelessly stepped in splash onto my leather-accented jeans. It was two years after I moved to Seattle. I should have known to avoid puddles by then, but I was so full of excitement that I forgot. I was walking along Southcenter Boulevard […]

January 20

Vindicated

While the idea of revenge may seem like a gratifying choice, it’s rarely the wisest one. A reflection on my struggle with it.