What being let go from my job during Sandra Bland and #SayHerName taught me about diversity and inclusion.

Last month, I was suddenly and suspiciously let go from my job at a local media production company in Houston. Prior to being let go, I’d been in New York City for a couple of days hoping to retrieve the last of my things left there over a year ago. While away, I received very…

The Convenience of Forgetting

In May of 2014, I published a piece about my family’s escape from sharecropping. I was surprised to learn that so many people didn’t know that sharecropping was slavery rebooted. The title of this article was Dismantling Collective Amnesia. It received a tremendous amount of feedback from writers and historians alike. I was applauded for both…

"How could you be afraid of a little boy?"

In an interview with journalist Charlie Rose, Toni Morrison discussed police brutality and violence against African Americans. She asked a series of questions that point to a key issue in America, the criminalization of Black skin and the white supremacist values cloaked in cowardice that leads to the deaths of so many unarmed Black victims.…

For My Mother

For my mother That loves so hard That gives too much That fights when there is no fight left But fights again That pushes and pulls and tugs and stands and cries and soars for her children That makes worlds from words and hides her poems That heals with gifts, when she is the gift…

Disappearing Words: Writing In The Digital Space

  There’s something magical about writing and sharing the inner workings of your mind instantly. That’s how it works in the digital space. We’re constantly sharing, breathing new life into old words. Yet, at the same time there’s a fleeting feeling. Another case of police brutality…write a think piece. Another person says something racist…write a think…

Breaking Down Privilege, Light Skin and Beyond

Precious wasn’t a 110-pound light skinned girl for a reason. As NPR described, “the writer known simply as Sapphire, tells the story of a dark-skinned, heavy-set, illiterate African-American girl who has survived multiple pregnancies by her father.” In other words, the character Precious was created by Sapphire to depict one of the most rejected, unprotected,…

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