I was riding in the car with my younger cousin, who was driving. We were on our way to Queens for a family get-together to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. Between the unbearable heat and my disabilities, I’ve been finding it difficult to leave the house lately. So I was glad to be getting out.I decided to take a selfie, but I didn’t feel like smiling.So I sat there, in silence, seriously debating taking the picture that I wanted to take....more
Taylor Swift, America’s sweetheart, is the fucking devil. She’s the reincarnation of antebellum white women from the South. Delicately sipping mint juleps, speaking in soft whispers and batting her evil blue eyes- the “epitome” of Miss American Pie has the masses fooled....more
My son asked if we could pick up a bagel on the way to school in the strip mall around the corner from my building. We’ve lived here for almost five years; this is a familiar routine. After making two rights, I enter the parking lot and habitually pull up right in front of the bagel store, while my son runs in for 90 seconds to get an everything bagel with cream cheese.
Each week for 26 weeks, I am publishing a post about women who are not widely known but should be—women who can inspire us, teach us, and encourage us to get out of our comfort zones and reach for our dreams. Week 7 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Gloria Anzaldúa. ...more
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"-The Declaration of Independence While all men are created equally, I am here to say, that all men are not treated equally. Racism, Sexism, and Religious hate is very much alive in America. ...more
Say, you gathered a group of five of your White friends and five of Your Black friends and asked them to have a no-holds barred discussion about race.My prediction echoes Major Strasser in Casablana, "You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided."Your Black friends would be ready, their ideas formed, their sentences flowing like legal arguments pitched by Harvard-trained attorneys in front of the Supreme Court.Your White friends would nod.It's true. I know of which I speak. I've been one of the mute, nodding White people....more
Growing up, my parents were fairly poor. In order to take us out to little things like the fair every summer, my parents would go hungry and take food with us to feed my sister and I. Doesn't sound like a big deal; I mean, they were still taking us to the fair. But they did that so that we could have as good a childhood as possible.
When I moved away for university, I got all my mom's recipes and took a whole bunch of Indian spices and cooking equipment with me. But I never used them....more
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