1 year ago
Among many other things, my latest novel-length work concerns a troubling circumstance largely elbowed out of the #BlackLivesMatter conversation: assaulted and/or missing Black American women. Women who look like me are never the Fairy Tale heroines the world becomes trained to root for in Hollywood movies. We are never portrayed as prototypical damsels in distress.
1 year ago
This was my first Facebook post the morning of November 24, 2014 which was the morning after the verdict was read in the Michael Brown case.
1 year ago
I admit -- I have a thing about going down foxholes I know I shouldn't be going down. Just the other day I unleashed a gmail hack to my entire contact list because I just couldn't help myself from opening an email that I knew, in the back of my head, was spam. I knew it was not going to turn out good for me. But my curiosity took over, and my good sense...who knows where it went.
1 year ago
Poignant pictures are spilling out of Baltimore. Photos of what we may soon regard as the latest protest in our "Spring" movement show brave bodies in various states of resistance. Some with faces covered, others brazenly identifiable -- but all filled with the justifiable rage of living in what feels like a police state where black lives definitely do not matter.
1 year ago
I’m frustrated. There are so many things going on in my head right now. There are so many things that are bothering me. So many things that are wrong, or broken, or don’t make sense. I have so many things to say, but I know that if I don’t say them just right then everyone is going to dismiss me. Worse, they will dismiss the problems, the REAL problems, that I want to talk about. They will dismiss the problems that I want people to know about so, hopefully, some folks would want to work with me to fix them.
1 year ago
 Why….Why is it every other day there is another story in the news about a black man being shot, or beat to death by someone who is supposed to be here to protect and serve?Why is it that when black people get fed up, and act out it has to be broadcast all over the news, on every channel, and all day and night?Why when a black man does something against the norm his label is automatically thug?
1 year ago
 My troubles are so damn smallin comparison to cities burning;they are not the world's troubleslike the anger, anguishand outrage burstingfrom the inside outof our cities and our towns,our neighborhoods broken,our people destroyed. And as much as I wantto claim them as mineto feel a solidarity,I know I am a pale outsider.
1 year ago
Okay, kids.I wasn’t going to post about this.I wasn’t going to touch it with a ten foot pole.I’d maybe make a quick mention of it in my weekly round up, but other than that?Nope.No, thank you.Nuh-uh.No way.And now, what do I go ahead and do? I go ahead and post about it. Against my better judgment. Fully unprepared. I don’t even have an inkling of what I’m going to say, and yet I feel the need to say it.These Baltimore Riots?Inexcusable. Disgusting. Shameful.
1 year ago
Today I was asked by a friend if I would do a blog on the "controversial" Cheerios commercial.  Not having already seen this commercial I went out to YouTube and found it.  I had heard from other people about the backlash surrounding the commercial so before watching it I was expecting something completely different from what I actually ended up seeing.
1 year ago
I remember not talking about my heritage because I thought my parents being from Africa was weird. Didn't feel comfortable inviting others over because of the unique smells emitted from our apartment when my mother cooked. When others would ask where I come from I'd say "African" quietly. I was teased because of my name. I didn't look like the Hispanic girls that were predominant in my neighborhood and I felt bad because I thought something was "wrong" with me. Why couldn't I have long, silky hair like her? I would think to myself.
1 year ago
Community is important. So are loved ones, compatible partners, and jobs or careers to feel appreciated for beyond what you can do for them. For black women, all this is much more important.
1 year ago
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins at sundown. It’s a day to remember and reflect upon the fact that 6 million Jews were persecuted, tortured, and killed some 70 years ago.
1 year ago
Have you heard of the Bechdel Test? Well this week we take on another Write Along Challenge by turning the Bechdel Test, normally used for movies, into a easy Writing Exercise for you writers. All we’re asking you to do is stop and consider your narrative, characters and how you tell stories. That's not too much to ask, right?
1 year ago
Silicon Valley and Malawi Worlds and Riches Apart but Why?Ask any first grader and they will tell you a pen pal is “smaller than a house but larger than an apartment.”  Another young chap raised his hand and stated “it is a house for animals.”  Don’t you agree they are both good answers but do you remember what a pen pal is?
1 year ago
"I believe that deep within our being as a nation there is a longing for a moral movement that plows deep into our souls..." Rev. Dr. William Barbar,  NAACP
1 year ago
The privilege of being lighter skinnedI am a lighter skinned Black woman. I am light enough to enjoy some of shadism’s privileges but dark enough to still be accepted as Black.  A uniquely privileged position. Throughout my upbringing I have received messages in my environment that this made me more desirable, more worthy, and/or more significant than my darker skinned counterparts.
1 year ago
  Have you been hearing the term “intersectional feminism” lately and been like…what the hell is that?  Some fancy-talk with a complicated definition, or some made-up feminist word?  Is it a term only some feminists use, like “womyn?”
1 year ago
If we speak up, we're too loud. If we step up to lead, we're too bossy. And if we're Black and tweeting in support of each other with the hashtag #BlackGirlsRock, then we're racist.
1 year ago
 As a white, middle class mom of two with a certain amount of disposable income, I can safely say that I’m the Mall of America’s target market.
1 year ago
Hi readers and fellow bloggers,I decided to sign up to Blog Her to post this article, even though I am a man, not a woman, and I am based in the UK, not the US (where I was almost born), because I stumbled across the site and having read some very insightful blogs here. Having done so, I have concluded that you would have the insight to get what I talk about below.
1 year ago
Recently, on that ambivalent modern phenomenon called Facebook, I came across this video about the Universality of Love! It is my new favorite thing! Seeing people hugging and kissing, dancing and pranaming on an x-ray screen, it’s plain to see that Love is Love. Love has no genderLove has no disabilityLove has no ageLove has no raceLove has no speciesLove has no religion
1 year ago
1 year ago
 It was a glorious spring day, the hard edges of the air softening into mildness, the sun reflecting in puddles, spirits sitting up and stretching their arms to the sky. Awaking from the freeze of winter, everyone was out running, walking, looking faintly stunned by the exposed squares of sidewalk.
1 year ago
Each of us have a moral compass. Some are pointed in the wrong direction. Each of us have a responsibility to do the right thing even when it feels uncomfortable.
1 year ago
The teens found a photo of their classmate and made some changes to it.The classmate is a young black man.They drew a noose around his neck and added the words "Gotta hang ‘em all" and shared the edited photo on social media.
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