You guys may not know this, but I’m writing a book. I’ve written quite a few of them – romance novels that I sell in the Amazon Kindle store under a pen name – but this is my very first book under my name. It’s kind of a big deal for me. The subject matter … Continue reading Friends Are the Family We Make for Ourselves
I had de ja vuh like for real this week. But it was nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Sadly, this won’t be the last time someone says something stupid to me about something race-related. I apologize in advance if that word stupid seems harsh, but it’s getting boring, you know? Well, I guess you don’t know, … Continue reading Another Small Ode to the Late Toni Morrison, and the Importance of Word Choice When Blogging
I always thought Toni Morrison had the most fabulous swag. The phrase unbothered could have been invented for her, it fit so well. She was always serene. The tiny smile that frequently decorated her lips suggested that she knew what you were going to ask her before you did, and that your question would likely … Continue reading Toni Morrison’s Legacy: Be Fearless, Be You, Be Black
Today is World Press Freedom Day. According to Gallup, the world in general is more likely to see the media as having a lot of freedom than it did a few years ago. “Across 133 countries surveyed last year – one of the deadliest on record for journalists – a median of 64% of adults agreed … Continue reading Is Freedom of the Press a Good Thing?
So, Alice Walker is in the news this week, and not for penning her next pro-black, pro-female tome against oppression. In The New York Times Book Review Sunday, she endorsed “And the Truth Shall Set You Free,”a book by British conspiracy theorist David Icke. Now, everyone is going nuts. Many critics say that Icke’s book positions Jews … Continue reading That Thing with Alice Walker? It’s Icke-y, but Let’s Keep Some Perspective
A few weeks ago I blogged about Colin Kaepernick as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary campaign. The blog received hundreds and hundreds of comments, most of which were bad. Ordinarily I have no time or attention for negativity and half baked hate from people who don’t think, or are too scared to compete in … Continue reading I Am Tired of Talking about Race
It’s a story I’ve heard more than once, more than twice even. In fact, my own sister has told me tales of #ridingwhileblack at least three different times over the years. Cabbies or Uber drivers would drive her to some completely foreign location, and then order her out of their car, threaten to call the … Continue reading You Could Be the Editor of Vogue and Still Become a Hashtag
So, The Atlantic fired conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson this week. Many criticized Editor Jeffrey Goldberg when he hired Williamson last month because of his anti-abortion views – views he expressed clearly in a 2014 Twitter exchange where he likened abortion to any other premeditated homicide deserving of a similar punishment up to and including … Continue reading The Atlantic vs Kevin D. Williamson: Media for the Win?
Ordinarily I’d have plucked something from the news – like the horrible but not unexpected exoneration of the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice – to write about this week. But like many of you, as the New Year approaches I’m contemplating life and work in 2016. Of course, one cannot do this effectively … Continue reading Is Ignorance Bliss?