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…

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,…

Light Girls, When Documentaries Get It Wrong

“If you love yourself, don’t watch Light Girls.” This is what I told a dear friend of mine after watching the documentary. The film was a sequel to Dark Girls, a documentary about colorism in the African American community. Light Girls was supposed to show the other side of the coin and share the views of…

How Politics, Racism and Facebook Ended My 16-Year Friendship

This Christmas I will not be speaking to my friend of 16 years.  Why???  Well after years of reading his Facebook posts I slowly and painfully discovered that my white friend was a racist. Initially I tried to ignore it but as an African American man I could no longer stomach his increasingly toxic, race fueled…

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