For Our Children’s Sake

It is the early 1990s. Miss G hands the essay back to me. I smile as I look over it. There aren’t as many marks left by her red pen this time. “Well done, Danielle,” she says to me, smiling. Miss G was my English teacher, the first to discover my talent. But she never […]

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Ordinary People

Members of the National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C. to protect it in the wake of the January 6th insurrection.

On June 17, 2006, I walked through Julius K. Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. My then-husband was not with me, and I balanced my daughter on my hip as I walked. It was the first time I’d traveled abroad. I was nervous about clearing Customs but soon discovered my fears were unfounded. The […]

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Profane Inspiration

I wrote my first poem at 11 years old. It was titled “Why” and explored racism, colorism, class, and income inequality. Though I had not heard the terms yet, I felt and saw them around me. I was moved to curiosity and anger as to why they existed-hence the title “Why.” I could not understand […]

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