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
I was at the Javits Center working with a client last week when I noticed we were sharing the convention hall with the BookExpo. There was a huge banner advertising Bill Clinton’s new book with James Patterson. I thought, ‘Huh. That’s an interesting pairing. Marketable and attention grabbing, for sure.’ I’m not sure I’ve ever … Continue reading Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing
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?
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…
Today started out like any other day. I came to work, dug in, started bossing people around, I’m kidding about everything past that second comma. But then the emails started. Everyone was congratulating me on being named one of LinkedIn’s top 10 media voices of the year. What a fabulous honor. I don’t think there’s … Continue reading LinkedIn Top Media Voices 2015
A very interesting article crossed my desk this week. It detailed an incident involving Sherman Alexie – American poet, writer and filmmaker and guest editor of 2015’s Best American Poetry – and his personal and professional issues with bias over a particular poem. Continue reading “What’s in a Name? A Lot”
I much prefer editing others. Of course, as a writer, this is a poor attitude to take, but this morning I was suddenly oppressed by this inevitable truth – so I figured, f*$! it, deal. Now that’s off my chest, I feel it imperative to inflict, er, establish a few rules to ensure that my … Continue reading I Don’t Like Being Edited