One of the fastest women in the world is a 21-year-old Black woman from Dallas with a penchant for brightly colored weaves, long nails and window washer eye lashes. Her name is Sha’Carri Richardson, and her appearance is all anyone can talk about. Sure, we acknowledge that she’s on her way to her first Olympics, … Continue reading Leave Sha’Carri Alone. She’s Young, and She’s a Winner
Those who follow my blog have undoubtedly noticed that I no longer follow my regular Friday posting schedule. A schedule I’ve kept to faithfully, barring a few holidays here and there, for many, many years. I regret that. I still feel a pang every Friday that I don’t post because it’s been a significant part … Continue reading Why I Can No Longer Bear to Write about Race
I spoke to a friend recently who’s in the job market. She’s in a good spot in that she’s already employed, she’s just looking for a better opportunity. But she was grumbling about one particular person she works with who has single handedly spurred her to go hard at her job search. I just laughed. … Continue reading Why Are We Surrounded by so Many Liars?
I must say I don’t feel the least bit gruesome for the subtle satisfaction I feel in acknowledging — dare I say, low key celebrating? — someone’s demise. But I don’t. I suppose it helps that Aunt Jemima isn’t actually a person. She’s a construct. An antiquated, racist construct that has now officially been rebranded. Out with … Continue reading Aunt Jemima Is Dead
So, actor Ray Fisher is in the news. He will officially not be continuing his role as Cyborg in the upcoming movie The Flash, but not because of bad behavior or illness. It appears he’s been fired for being too truthful. The short version is, he called out Justice League director Joss Whedon for racist, abusive behavior on set, and … Continue reading Cyborg Is No More — at Least Not Ray Fisher’s Version
My closest friends know I have a running joke about how in my next life I want to be reincarnated as a white man. I’d like to be 6’3″, fine, with thick, jet black hair, milk pale skin and blue eyes. I mean blue! That spooky, piercing Chris Pine/Paul Newman blue. The rest of me … Continue reading To Avoid Arrest and Death in Cases of Domestic Terrorism, It’s Best to Have Blue Eyes and White Skin
I wanted to be terribly hopeful and happy and excited about 2021, but I confess: I’m more like, meh. Honestly, it feels like just another day, which was, for me, par for the course for 2020. One day ran into the next, and before I knew it, my birthday passed. Then it was fall, and … Continue reading 2021, Cool.
In a word, what’s happening right now in the media, and low key in this country, is a shitshow. It’s like this Fast Company piece from Joe Berkowitz said: “We are heading down a dark path, and laughing all the way about the shoddy paving.” It’s ridiculous, but this is the reality. We are so bogged down … Continue reading The Media Is In Crisis, and It’s Taking America Down with It
So, that person’s refusal to concede the election has me thinking about leadership. Mine, the leaders I’ve encountered in the past, and those I’ve been privileged to work with recently. Self-reflection is really something. I think it’s a mark of maturity — especially when you can do it calmly, with an eye on improvement. Not, say, to … Continue reading Leaders Concede. They Know It’s Not the End, Nor Is It a Sign of Weakness