It Could Have Been Me: South Carolina Seat Belt Shooting

It was 5 p.m. and I was out of gas.Come to think of it, I was pretty much out when I drove into work that day, but I didn't have time to go to the gas station. For some reason, I was out of cash or missing my debit card (probably both.)...more
Tanikwish Thank you.My anger wasn't directed at you. It was directed at media in general. Sorry ...more

Why Charlo Greene's "F*ck it. I Quit." Is a Revolutionary Act

I have never had the courage to just walk off of a job. I have wanted to, many times. But, I never had the economic ability (or guts) to do so. Beyond the monetary constraints, there was this lingering concern about being blackballed, blacklisted, and otherwise blackified for not conforming to the respectability politics of the workplace. I behaved as completely politically correct as possible to keep food on my table and a roof over my family's head. I just didn't end up having much to show for it....more
@JennMJack - Yes, I would have to agree that whether we like it or not, she has the free will to ...more

Why I Write About Race

" Why do you write so much about race?" It was a question put to me by a reader who also happens to know me personally. She is White and is surprised by some of the things that I have said. I responded that this blog, My so Called Glamorous Life, is about my very unglamorous and normal life. It's my perspective on a lot of things that affect me on an ongoing basis—like being a wife and a mother. Sometimes I post recipes, because I love to bake. Or I write about books, because I love to read, particularly children's and Young Adult books....more
mom21mom2all  "red, yellow, black, white was reserved for their crayons." I like that.  Thanks ...more

We All Bleed the Same Blood. The Color Doesn’t Change. God is No Respecter of Persons – He Loves Us All the Same

I had the pleasure of watching and listening to what I thought was a powerful, thought-provoking video by Kaleo, one of my dearest friend’s son that spoke volumes to my heart. I had to share this beautiful message so that others may hear and be moved as I was, which ultimately will compel us to act and make a difference in this world. I also ask that you please feel free to share....more

It Could Have Been Me: South Carolina Seat Belt Shooting

It was 5 p.m. and I was out of gas.Come to think of it, I was pretty much out when I drove into work that day, but I didn't have time to go to the gas station. For some reason, I was out of cash or missing my debit card (probably both.)...more
Tanikwish Thank you.My anger wasn't directed at you. It was directed at media in general. Sorry ...more

Why Charlo Greene's "F*ck it. I Quit." Is a Revolutionary Act

I have never had the courage to just walk off of a job. I have wanted to, many times. But, I never had the economic ability (or guts) to do so. Beyond the monetary constraints, there was this lingering concern about being blackballed, blacklisted, and otherwise blackified for not conforming to the respectability politics of the workplace. I behaved as completely politically correct as possible to keep food on my table and a roof over my family's head. I just didn't end up having much to show for it....more
@JennMJack - Yes, I would have to agree that whether we like it or not, she has the free will to ...more

Why I Write About Race

" Why do you write so much about race?" It was a question put to me by a reader who also happens to know me personally. She is White and is surprised by some of the things that I have said. I responded that this blog, My so Called Glamorous Life, is about my very unglamorous and normal life. It's my perspective on a lot of things that affect me on an ongoing basis—like being a wife and a mother. Sometimes I post recipes, because I love to bake. Or I write about books, because I love to read, particularly children's and Young Adult books....more
mom21mom2all  "red, yellow, black, white was reserved for their crayons." I like that.  Thanks ...more

Dear New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is No Angry Black Woman Stereotype

[Editor's Note 9/22/2014: The New York Times public editor issued a response to Stanley's article about Shonda Rhimes, but the newspaper management has yet to offer an official statement. --Grace]...more
I was driven to write this article due to the persistent perceptions of Blacks being categorized ...more

In That Other Half of the World

Today is the fall equinox--the day when dark and light are almost equal....more

The Same Old Song

The Awakening...more

Must-Follow Monday: Blogs for Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Started on September 15, this monthlong event continues through October 15 to celebrate and honor the contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, and Central and South America. Here are a few Latina bloggers to watch. Of course, this list is not complete... so please feel free to let us know which Latina blogs you'd like to recommend in the comments. ...more
Come on over to my blog, piloncilloyvainilla.com. I have a lot of awesome, healthy recipes with ...more

Banned Books Week: Reading Alison Bechdel, a Genius to Look Out For

It's Banned Books Week, so break out your copy of 50 Shades of Grey and give it a kiss or a sassy slap on the tush, whatever you prefer. Then, stop for a moment and appreciate that the First Amendment protects your right to read that book, whether you loved it or loathed it. ...more
BlogHerPop Just added that book to my library holds! Good one!more

Ad Color adds color

It’s a play on words. We love that ship – hehe, ship --> read this – at the Ronay house.And one of us Ronay’s also loves getting dressed up and drinking fancy cocktails and all of the pre-party primping, too (mani/pedi, eyebrows, blowout. And a spray tan, of course.  Why, yes, I am from New Jersey. How’d you know?)....more