[Editor's Note: On February 15, the trial for the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis ended in the conviction of 47-year-old Michael Dunn on lesser charges, including second degree attempted murder, evoking memories the trial of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing. --Grace]...more
Before I state my claim, let me just qualify some things for all the followers and naysayers who are diehard fans of these shows. First, I have seen each one of these shows. Followed all of them, season after season until recently. Know the internal fabric of every storyline. Understand completely that these are, ‘in fact’, television shows, and despite the titles, are not reality. And lastly, anyone who proclaims this is merely entertainment and shouldn’t be taken seriously are themselves part of the problem that drives this impassioned blogpost....more
Good or bad for all of you, I process the events of my life pen to paper here in this space.This one might be long and winding, jumbled and brutal. I'm pretty certain it won't be for the faint of heart.My daughter is 7 and I am just beginning to fully realize the extent of what it will be, to be her mama for life....more
Does anger have stages? You know, like the five stages of grief?Maybe there's just two: the Anger itself and Forgiveness. I figure Forgiveness either happens quickly and replaces the anger, or it slowly sidles up to anger and co-exists alongside it.Forgive and Remember. It can happen.Right now, I'm angry. Forgiveness is inching its way to my anger but right now, that emotion is so wide, it's not leaving a sliver of space for forgiveness. Not just yet anyway....more
We had the pleasure of hosting a chat with the filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson onChatty Guest about their documentary American Promise and book Promises Kept.The filmmakers gave us a glimpse into their life as an African-American family that navigated through the elite private school experience. The chat on Chatty Guest allowed parents of color the space to express their views on the film and their experience as parents of children going through a similar experience....more
Fun Fact: According to current stats, the majority of my blog's visitors - 66.60%, in fact - reside in the United States, while only 13.00% are from my native country of Canada. That's quite an extreme difference! Really, though, apart from being a rather odd little statistical quirk, this tidbit of information shouldn't make any difference as to how I write, or what I post, or the way I construct my comments or replies... should it?
Surprisingly enough, it actually does.
I posted a link to this article about privilege and intersectionality by Gina Crosley-Corcoran on the Facebook page the other day, and got a message this morning that it's gotten more attention than 95% of what I've posted on that page, so people must be looking at it!...more
I am not a patriot by normal standards, but it would be a lie to proclaim that my heartstrings were not strummed by Coca-Cola's Superbowl ad. It spoke to my sense of togetherness and harmony. It was an advertisement, meant to sell a product, but it was one that brought a tear to my eye....more
For a weekend, we were an interracial family of sorts. My teen daughter is now in health class and part of the class requires students to bring home a "fake baby" for a weekend. They offer an alternative to being a parent for a weekend which is an extensive writing assignment. My daughter wanted to do the writing assignment but since she's a good writer, she knew that wouldn't be a monumental challenge for her so she opted to bring home baby. I am proud of her choice. She could have taken the easy way out and who could have blamed her?...more