Where Children Touch The Walls

From the moment I first learned about its development, the National Museum of African American History and Culture held a special place in my heart. After the last few years of construction, it finally opened this fall. A major attribute of people of African descent (and in this case African Americans specifically) is our standing glory…

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…

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…

An Open Letter To Joe Scarborough: This Is More Than About Mike Brown

Somebody needs to tell me when Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of Black oppression…There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the Black community. Deciding that you’re going to embrace a guy that knocked over a convenient store, and then according the grand jury testimony acted in ways that…

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