I have a niece. Fabulous. Educated, well credentialed, very good at her job, and always exquisitely turned out. Lashes, hair, make up air brushed on, clothes, car, everything top of the line and together. A few years ago she went through a bad patch. It happens. She was let go from a job — I’d … Continue reading Self-care Is the Most Fabulous Act of Resistance
I don’t like protests. I understand them, the rage, emotion, the history and everything else that fuels such demonstrations. They do create awareness and solidarity, and I believe they have some value. But I don’t want Black people to focus their energy there. The country is up in arms right now because of George Floyd’s … Continue reading You Want an Immediate Way to Fight the Battle for Black Lives? Buy Black
I haven’t been able to sleep well the past two nights. I keep having dreams that I’m stuck in a tight space, and I wake up yelling, hands and arms flailing. So, I looked it up. One interpretation suggests this dream “claustrophobia may be a sign that you feel a problem in your life is … Continue reading Black Lives Do Not Matter – to the Police
Actually, now that I look at that title, I don’t know what you might think about that interesting pairing LOL, but it’s not as weird as it sounds. Jill Scott released a little video on the ‘Gram yesterday, and I want to comment on it because it’s light and heartwarming and positive. I’ve been a … Continue reading Patti LaBelle, Diamonds and Spinach – It’s Not What You Think
I was out for one of the two walks I’ll take today when I saw an older black man get extremely startled. He was edging his lawn and didn’t see a woman walking behind him in the street until she was quite close. Not too close, mind, but he jumped so hard, I was startled, … Continue reading In the Age of the ‘Rona It’s Mask or Die: But If You’re a Black Man, Apparently It’s Complicated
So, I saw an article on Fast Company today, “5 reasons we need emotionally intelligent leaders in times of crisis.” Are you nodding? Yeah. Me too. Day to day people are struggling. I mean, they’re really struggling. At last count, some 26 million Americans applied for unemployment in the month or so. It’s bananas. Almost completely out … Continue reading Sarcasm, Bleach and Sunlight: I Think I’ll Just Sleep Until Times Get Better
It’s an interesting question, with long reaching implications into too many industries and areas to comfortably count. But brass tacks, people are dying right now due to the coronavirus. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. If there is a woman who has something, anything, that could make a substantive difference in our fight … Continue reading If a Felon Had Key Info That Could Aid the Fight Against Coronavirus, Should We Forgive Her?
I left the house today. I went out for roughly 20 minutes to help my mom at her other house. On the way home I saw this girl walking on the street. She was wearing a long flowing black skirt, combat boots and a mask, and I thought, damn. She looks like an extra from … Continue reading After It’s All Said and Done
I think it was Reuben, played by Elliott Gould, in the movie Oceans Twelve who said, “Didn’t you see the signs? I saw the signs.” He wasn’t talking about forecasting the future via crystal balls or tea leaves. He was saying, because of the nature of things, common sense suggests, X, Y and Z could be coming, … Continue reading Trump, Tea Leaves and Tragedy: What Makes a Good Leader?