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
Beautiful. The art, the words, you. Thank you for sharing and for being such a strong voice. XOXOmore

Our Black Is...

My protest....more

His Name Was Tamir Rice

His name was Tamir Rice.He was 12....more
I have read your whole comment and it astounds me that you can find a way to subtly blame ...more

Beyoncé! Why I Need Her New ' 7/11' Video To Break the Internet

It's been a rough week.   Kim Kardashian's oily backside and everyone's reenactments of her Paper Mag photos are still trying to break the internet.  We're still waiting for a grand jury indictment announcement in Ferguson, where Gov. Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency and police are mobilizing.  ...more
I loved it. Looked like they were having so much fun.more

What Happened to Tanesha Anderson's Right to Life?

Late last night I came across an article with the headline "Cleveland woman with mental illness died after police used takedown measure, brother says." My heart sank as I clicked on it and read about the death of Tanesha Anderson, a 37-year-old African-American woman who reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia....more
This is horrifying.more

10 Beautiful, Amazing Things I Want to Experience With My Art This Year

"List ten beautiful, amazing, breathtaking experiences you want to have THIS YEAR with your art," my friend and story coach Elora wrote on the wall of our writing community's Facebook group last Monday.As I watched the women in our group start to brave the vulnerability that comes with speaking your desires and dreams out loud and post their lists of ten, I sat with my heart pounding and wrestling itself, hands frozen over the keys, barely breathing....more

Ready For The World

Austin will be a year old on Wednesday....more

Rebel: A Start To This Artist's Manifesto

Truth I'm learning to embrace as an artist:I didn't come here to blend in and that's ok....more

Four Years of Blogging: A Look Back

I quickly scanned through my inbox this morning on my phone while getting dressed. My eyes rested on an email from LinkedIn, notifying me that people were congratulating me on a work anniversary. Puzzled, I logged into the site to see what work I was being congratulated for, considering I don’t have motherhood listed on my LinkedIn profile as my full-time gig....more

Dancing in the Light During the Seasons When Darkness Abounds

Confession: My greatest fear is that I will lose my life to suicide....more
Hey, Addye, hang in there. You're doing great. One month.more