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August 19

We Queens Or Nah?

My thoughts on the enthusiastic reception that “Straight Outta Compton” has received and the contradiction it shows. The term ‘queen’ is often used in some circles in reference to African-American women but our actions show we don’t really believe that:  

July 30

Ten Years On

“I never dreamed you’d leave in summer.” ┬áThe idea that we would lose you eighteen months after burying our matriarch, Grandma, was unfathomable to me. I just assumed there was some universal law about such things. When I got the call that Wednesday when you lost consciousness I didn’t think of death. I didn’t think […]

July 10

The Checklist:┬áRape Culture, Safety and Paranoia

The struggle with this particular fear of mine is real. I carry it with me constantly: the fear of being subjected to rape and worse. It’s not always a conscious thought. But the worry of it is a part of my life as a woman, so ingrained that it has become normalized to me. I […]

Strange Harvest: The Sanitizing of America’s Racial Terrorism

I no longer try to make sense of all that has happened during my peoples’ sojourn in the United States. For years I tried to do so, attempting to find a reasonable explanation for the sordid history revealed in both the pages of history books and the lives of those who came before me. I […]

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

A brief introductory video for my new followers:  

Farewell to Ruby Dee

Today brought news of the passing of renowned actress and activist Ruby Dee. Just weeks on the heels of the loss of Maya Angelou, we are once again reminded of how important that generation was to all of us who came after. When I was sixteen years old I was fortunate enough to meet Ruby […]

March 22

My Peoples

I see my maternal great-Grandma in her. They have the same double fudge skin, narrow eyes and full, stout frame. I know she cannot be my great-Grandma though. The timelines don’t match. My great-Grandma was born after the Civil War. The woman in the picture stands in a field of cotton in the 1860s. But […]

Glamming Up Slavery: Ani DiFranco’s Plantation Paradise