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 20 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Tania León.
For a while now, I have been spending time with two boys who make my head spin for being so alike. To my knowledge, these boys have never met, and yet, one is so like the other, like a perfect image of his earlier self. Both boys are shy, and both are charming. Both live with single parents and struggle in school. Both probably have diagnosable disabilities, although neither has been diagnosed. Both boys speak very softly, sometimes even inaudibly. I could go on and on, but I’ve already labored the point. And yet I haven’t said the half of it.
My neighbor of fifteen years is dying in a hospice from pancreatic cancer. Something she didn't want to share with anyone so I'm just finding out this week in her final days and hours. I understand her not wanting everyone to know I am just as private when it comes to my own personal tragedies but I would like to have been able to tell her what a wonderful neighbor she has been all these years. I would like to be able to tell her that I will miss her, I mean really miss her.
It reminded me of how my 19 year old daughter who doesn’t necessarily follow sports but enjoyed watching the Games joyfully, proudly and recently proclaimed, “Black girls slayed the Olympics this year. What whaaaaat!”At first I thought she was reacting to the historic performances by Simone Biles and Simone Manuel. But every day I came home from work to find her watching the Games, she’d high five me and say the same thing.Underscoring her observation was a steady stream of posts in my Facebook feed with the hash tag “BlackGirlMagic”.
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 19 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Susette La Flesche.
Most of us have realized by now that we don’t have to be women to be feminists, queer to support LGBTQA folks, a person of color to support the Black Lives Matter movement, or even, in this freaking election, a democrat to vote for Hillary Clinton.
I just read an article detailing (painfully) how history-making gymnast, two-time Olympian and seemingly all-around good kid Gabby Douglas had to defend her behavior in what might be her last Olympic press conference as a competitor.
My wonderful wife has a heart of gold. After all the years we've been married, she still amazes me. For one thing, she cares deeply for people. For another, she has an intuitive understanding of others that's almost scary. Words will come out of her mouth that are dead-on perfect while I'm still muddling through my feelings and trying to figure out what's really going on.
So I want to preface this with a quick word. I am going to spend my money where I choose. I won’t apologize for making the effort to buy Black. If you don’t like it I’m cool with that! Now that we have that out of the way let’s get into it.B.O.B= Black Owned Business
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 17 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Qandeel Baloch.
Over the weekend I went home to celebrate my nephew’s 1st birthday. While I loved seeing my family and friends, it was awkward riding down streets and seeing Trump signs proudly displayed in yards (at least in Charlotte, Trump supporters mostly try to hide it). It was also awkward running into people who I had unfriended over the years upon realizing that they were undercover racists based on their statuses about police brutality, Obama, the confederate flag, Black Lives Matter, etc.
On Saturday night, 18-year-old Karlie Hay was crowned Miss Teen USA. By midnight, the Internet had unearthed three-year-old tweets where Hay throws around the N-word like confetti. To the surprise of no one, the Internet was outraged.
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 16 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Polly Bemis.
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.
I recently, read an article of a Fortune 500 CEO, advocating that Black Lives Matter. And, the the truth of matter, is that he is one hundred percent correct in some of his assertions. But, what gets me , is those that are in a different social economical backgrounds advocating truth. But, refuses to see the Logic behind a system that refuses to tell the truth and will only construct bits and pieces, of information that justifies their data as always to be true. I'm not attempting to attack anyone, I truly believe that there can be some common ground, achieved.
July has been a challenging and tragic month. Like so many of my fellow educators, the events of these last few weeks have left me heartbroken and outraged. With each day, I feel anger, despair, hopelessness, confusion, and profound sadness. And, like my colleagues, I am continually met with the question: WHAT WILL I SAY TO MY STUDENTS?
“Do you think they'll grow up to be communists?” Um… really?Content notice: casual racism.Why fit in when you’re born to stand out? — Dr. SeussMy family stands out. My kids are Asian; my husband and I are white. Most people will (correctly) assume our children are adopted.I get that “standing out” invites curiosity. Stares. Potentially well-intentioned comments and questions that come off as intrusive, even offensive.
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 14 of my A to Z challenge introduces us to Nadia Murad Basee Taha.
When you grow up a small town Texas girl, you grow up knowing the name of everyone in town. Southern Comfort is a way of life, not just a drink. Tea comes sweet when you ask for it, or even if you do not specify. Most unfortunately though, in a small town your business always becomes everyone's business. That is how I grew up, and let me tell you it is wonderful. Well, wonderful all except for the last bit. The annoyance is everybody being in your business. I thought that I was leaving all of that behind, while I am on the road with my husband at le
Although I've not yet seen the musical, I'm addicted to the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack. I have an IRL girl crush on Renee Elise Goldsberry and a (historical) fictional girl crush on her character Angelica Schuyler, the lost love and sister-in-law of Alexander.
Recently, Rush Limbaugh called Black Lives Matter a terrorist group in his broadcast. Nothing could be further from the truth. Maybe he thinks the Dallas shooter (I won’t use his name) was part of BLM, but police say he was NOT part of the BLM protest.
I currently have 1,008 Facebook friends. Approximately 90% of them are Southern Evangelical Christians from my hometown and/or my college. I have always been able to rely on my Facebook friends to provide a slice of conservatives' opinions about the current news cycle. In the past, I have usually disagreed with most of them most of the time.
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