So, thank God I lived to see another Thanksgiving. I spent it quietly with family. Celebrating the purchase of a cousin’s new home, seeing and being aggravating by my brother for the first time in months, and drinking wine with another cousin’s wife, who is now one of my favorite black women on the planet. … Continue reading When the Turkey’s Been Cut, and You’re Full and Sleepy…
So Kevin Spacey has been roasting on the bonfire of public opinion this week. His career has been in freefall since the first allegations of abuse with an underage boy came to light. His popular show House of Cards has been shelved, and director Ridley Scott has decreed the soon-to-be-released film “All the Money in … Continue reading Do All Female Lives Matter?
Twitter used to be different. It was nicer, more educational. It was fun. I can still remember the challenge in crafting a 140-character message. If I didn’t have a clear idea what I wanted to blog about that week, I could pop #diversity into the search bar, and any number of articles would pop up … Continue reading 11 Minutes on Twitter that Rocked the World
For the past few years I’ve kicked around possible answers to a very personal question: What’s worse, being black or being a woman? The answer? Being a woman. Race is not a small issue by any means. But since most white people aren’t secretly white nationalists, you can win them over even if they have … Continue reading What’s Worse, Being Black or Being a Woman?
I walked past the new Apple store yesterday. It’s beautiful, a rather old-fashioned front but glass everywhere looking out over the Chicago River. It was a pleasure to see since for months all we saw was this clunky barricade. There was writing on the barricade, some long, inspiring quote that I can’t quite recall. Something … Continue reading Is Denise Young Smith Ready to Handle Diversity at Apple?
I wasn’t surprised when the charges and accusations piled up for Hollywood producer and former film studio executive Harvey Weinstein this past week. The rumblings have been circulating for years, decades even. The New York Times cleverly dubbed him Hollywood’s Oldest Horror Story. But most of the women affected were never given a chance to … Continue reading To Unmask a Sexual Predator at Work
When I was younger I remember trying to separate female traits from black female traits. My purpose was not that to say there is no overlap. Of course there is. But I was fighting for my specific identity. I was fighting for Kellye Whitney’s right to exist, to work, to smile, laugh and be ambitious … Continue reading Where Are The Black Female Leaders In Your Company?
Well, all I can say is, thank goodness the NFL isn’t an episode of The Apprentice. Otherwise football season would be a bust this year. Every black and white player and staff member participating in the #takeaknee protest would be out of a job, fired by Presidential decree, er, tweet. And, yes. I realize how … Continue reading #Takeaknee? You Sons of Bitches Should Be Fired
You know how you feel when something you know and believe is validated by someone you think is smart? That’s how I felt when I read Lonnae O’Neal’s “Ibram Kendi, One of the Nation’s Leading Scholars of Racism, says Education and Love are not the Answer.” I was like, yes! Good grief, thank you, Lord. That … Continue reading Love Is Not the Best Cure for Racism