Black Woman at the Intersection: Sean Penn vs. Lee Daniels

This is not going to be some super thoughtful post such as one Tammy Winfrey Harris would write. This post is just me saying, "What the hell!" Sean Penn has filed a $1,000,000 defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, the man behind Fox's saucy, ground-breaking, hit show Empire. And as a black person who is also a woman, here I am squished at the intersection of being female and black ....more

Quaint Magazine Interview with Nordette N. Adams

And so this happened: I was interviewed by...more

Alexie and Another Dolezal

Posts about Alexi's editorial were the first thing I saw when I entered the Facebook vortex today, and the topic was so full of smoke and mirror identity issues that my head exploded. Here are its contents: The summer was strange and wonderful, but since my return to the real world my mind's been full of American splinters, namely race matters, even race matters in the poetry community. Call ...more

I love this picture of Michelle Obama

Right now I'm doing something that people on the Internet used to do a lot more of, reciprocal linking, which means Bob links to Susan's post for good reasons, and when Susan finds out that Bob's linked linked to ...more

Born to the Beat: NOLA poets prepare for The National Beat Poetry Festival

In conjunction with the National Beat Poetry Festival, a New Orleans poetry event, Born to the Beat...more

When Christians praise themselves for not rioting . . .

Dear fellow believers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are also black like me: I thank God that you have praised Him through this trial. The loss of nine sisters and brothers is a tremendous burden for a church and family to bear. The recognition that racial hatred still breeds in your state and this nation is frightening, but as witnessed on national television, you have a strong faith ....more

Everybody Loves Rachel Dolezal (Video)

I thought I would not comment much on the Rachel Dolezal story, but I've found myself dropping comments everywhere such as: And @JustDwana @MHarrisPerry @allysonvhobbs — Nordette Adams (@nordettewrites) June 13, 2015 I ended up writing that because I was surprised that Melissa Harris-Perry risked playing into the hands of white conservatives by accepting the ...more

Leaders Make False Claims About National Slave Ship Museum

Supporters of the National Slave Ship Museum, including New Orleans City Councilwoman Latoya Cantrell, participate in making false claims to reporter Jarvis DeBerry about plans for the National Slave Ship Museum. Board member Debra Morton unequivocally denies that the museum plans have a full-scale replica of a slave ship that will sail the Mississippi River, selling rides to tourists. She, ...more

A fully-functioning, interactive slave ship replica sailing down the Mississippi to entertain you, how about that?

Today I find myself in a bit of an emotional quandary. The National Slave Ship Museum, a project that I thought had died quietly already, appears to be alive and well. According to a local station, the New Orleans City Council approved last night a proposal to build this museum ....more