Baltimore

 I have been on the verge of tears about Baltimore. I remember someone telling me years ago, when it feels like too much, turn away. I have that luxury, because I am safe. But for the ones who can't turn away, who are living in the face of what it all comes down to  -- the color you were born, my heart stops for them today.  ...more

Why I Support The Race Together Initiative

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks,  recently announced the company's newest initiative. Starbucks and USA Today have partnered to "stimulate conversation, compassion and action around race in America".  The initiative has been widely discussed, debated, supported and thrashed in the media and in various social media outlets.  ...more

On Black Children, Black History, and the Good Life

Watching Ava DuVernay talk about Selma. Seeing black bodies beaten by white police officers."That was the past. They should get over it."...more

12 Things I've Learned From Interracial Dating

I find people completely fascinating—basically, I would love to sit everyone down and hear their life story. This has led to me date a wide variety of people—from a guy with a neck tattoo and a carpet cleaning business, to a high-strung finance bro, to an awkward computer programmer. I am also an equal opportunity dater: about half of the people I’ve dated are not white (and a number of those who are come from other countries). I don’t have any kind of specific preference or actively seek out multicultural people, it’s just what has arisen from my experiences in our diverse world....more
I agree with all these points, especially the first point - 1. The vast majority of the time, ...more

Woman at the Bay

"You black people are so damn Lucky!"It would have elicited startled frowns followed by typical rolling of eyes from my girls.It drew a laugh out loud from the woman behind a certain cosmetic counter at the Bay. From a brown woman to a black woman. ...more

When the News Leaves Me in Despair, Art Saves Me

When a grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Mike Brown, I felt hollowed out by sorrow and grief over the lack of justice that washed over me. I cried on my husband's chest, asking him to tell me how we were going to protect our three Black boys from such a system... and from people who believe it is within their rights to cut the lives of Black men and women short for whatever reason they deem necessary. He didn't have an answer....more
Yes.  Sometimes my husband and I talk about the loss of the local artistic community and what ...more

PHOTOS: Why We Walked the Walk and Marched for Justice

The way I see it, we have two options in wake of the national news: to talk to our children about police brutality or not. And if we tell them, which I hope we all do, we can go one step further and put our words into action. ...more
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I call St. Louis home, and the events ...more

Racial Inequality in Education Still Exists

Growing up, I was the darkest person throughout my whole academic career-and I’m not black. I’m biracial with my mother having a Hispanic, Puerto Rican ethnic background while my dad was also biracial with African American and Caucasian background giving me a natural all-year-around tan look to my skin. With being the only girl with a hint of color in their skin, I was the main target for any racial joke that was made by my peers and even sometimes my teachers....more

Troubling Revelations in "Serial" Episode 10

I'm not usually very analytical or serious on this blog, but as I was hunkering down on my day off—because I'm sick to my bones—to listen to another episode of Serial, I found myself jolting upright immediately when I heard the following quote:...more

Ferguson: Connecting with Our Community on Twitter

BlogHer is a diverse community and never was that more evident than in today's Twitter chat about Ferguson, the racial tensions stemming from the shooting of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed him....more