This is why we can't have nice things: On the Oscars, politicism and the PC police

I'll admit that, at first, I cheered. There was Patricia Arquette, up at the podium accepting her Best Supporting Actress statue for Boyhood, when she dropped a truth bomb about gender and the wage gap. "It's our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America." Meryl cheered. J. Lo cheered. I cheered from my couch. ...more

Pulling into History...

The Pullman Historic District neighborhood, a center of Chicago’s progressive black middle and working class population in the 19th and 20th Centuries, is declared a United States National Monument....more

Brown people problems versus white people problems

Last summer when I took the animals offspring to the park one beautiful lazy Saturday, I overheard a ‘white guy’ conversation about ‘white people’ problems. He was complaining about what a pain in the ass his ex-wife was. I felt sorry for him, of course I don’t know what her side of the story was. Maybe he was just a pathological liar. Some months later in a different park, I overheard a conversation between a young  wife and her husband....more

"White Privilege"

           With many recent current events circling around the theme of racism, people, including myself, have been doing a lot of reflecting....more
thesinglehonestmom No, of course you don't, any more than anyone else does. But, unlike many of ...more

Turn your face to the Sun

   turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind youTe tiro atu to kanohi ki tairawhiti ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe   - Maori proverb...more

Perspective On Being Black In South Korea

It's the middle of February and therefore, the middle of Black History Month. I'm fresh off of celebrating MLK Day by watching Selma, which left me feeling both empowered and proud. It also has created a whirlwind of thoughts and reflections to occur within me. I recently came across a review of the documentary Dark Girls....more

Hollywood Boulevard: THE TRUTH - a home for the homeless

Hollywood Boulevard. It has long been known as the Walk of Fame, where you can see The Stars, grab a burger and stroll past a premiere of another Hollywood blockbuster.And you can indeed achieve all of the above in one short walk down this iconic street. But this street, glamorously named a boulevard, is many more things than just a fame ridden road....more

On Black Children, Black History, and the Good Life

Watching Ava DuVernay talk about Selma. Seeing black bodies beaten by white police officers."That was the past. They should get over it."...more

I Am An American And Today I Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Do you know who our 16th president was?Does your 3rd grader?As of today, thanks to a Congressional resolution, it is International Darwin Day, now and forever on February 12.It also happens to be the birthday of one of the (I dare say the second) greatest Presidents in this America's history.The man who chose to fight instead of letting our country be divided. A man who felt that NO ONE was better than the other and freed the slaves....more