Posts in category "Race"

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America

On Raising Black Boys, Black Rhinos and Siberian Tigers in America
  By their very definition, well-meaning people do not know when they are being offensive. Many have uncomfortably asked, “How are YOU feeling about everything that is going on in Florida Chicago New York City Ferguson, Missouri?” Others have proclaimed, “With EVERYTHING that is going on nowadays, I just pray that I have girls.” With... Read more »

Seven Things You Need To Know About Your Rights, Courtesy of Ferguson Missouri

  1.)    Looting, not zombies, can lead to an American city becoming a police state. 2.)   Peaceful protests, not terrorism, can lead to a neighborhood being tear gassed at night. 3.)   A no-fly zone can be issued over a city to protect “law enforcement activities,” regardless of the questionable legality of those actions.... Read more »

Can you and a Black man feel safe at the same time?

Can you and a Black man feel safe at the same time?
Part One:  Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Are gang members mindless? Part Two:  Questions we are not asking about Chicago’s violence: Is it more profitable to be in a gang in Chicago?   Whenever I have trouble writing about something I have come to realize that it’s always for a reason.  While... Read more »
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Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy: Be brave, young girls.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Legacy:  Be brave, young girls.
Fry cook. Prostitute. Night-Club Dancer and Performer. Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Journalist. Professor. On the heels of my birthday, I sat in my kitchen contemplating a blend of life lessons as I tried to decide what project I would work on for the day.  When I read the news of Maya Angelou’s... Read more »

Don Sterling, Rahm Emanuel and Post Traumatic Master Disorder

Don Sterling, Rahm Emanuel and Post Traumatic Master Disorder
I was in Atlanta when I first heard Don Sterling’s comments about his disdain for Blacks.  Maybe it was the fresh spring air, maybe it was the southern charm of the city, but nothing about it caught my attention. Another day, another racist.  I casually thought before considering more important things like how much food... Read more »

Do Black Voters Love a Good Rhyme?

Do Black Voters Love a Good Rhyme?
Inspiration for this blog can come from the darndest places. Today, I was inspired by a visit to my parents’ house. Unsuspectingly, I drove through their middle-class neighborhood of Chatham observing the quiet, wide, tree-woven streets. When I arrived at their house, I waved to a man who had been their neighbor for at least... Read more »
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Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?

Can Lupita Nyong'o Save Us from Ourselves?
Lupita Nyong’o. Over the past two months it has been difficult to ignore the Mexican-born Kenyan actress as she has graced the covers of numerous magazines.  A talented and gifted thespian, she swept the Hollywood awards circuit which culminated last night when she accepted the Academy Award for her role as a supporting actress in... Read more »

Confessions of a Mad, Black, Sleepy Mommy Blogger

Confessions of a Mad, Black, Sleepy Mommy Blogger
(Disclaimer:  No, I’m not a mommy blogger.  I’m a blogger who just so happens to also be a mommy.  But I am Black, a little mad and very sleepy.) A few weeks ago I realized that my little blog has somehow accumulated almost 50,000 page views and I felt like I owed you an explanation... Read more »

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy: There Is No Monopoly on Greatness

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy:  There Is No Monopoly on Greatness
I didn’t expect to return to my blog in this manner.  In fact, sometime after I finished editing the final chapter of my manuscript I planned on writing a blog about my year in review.  It was going to be entitled:  “A Garden, A Book, A Baby, and The Bible:  It’s Not a Blog, It’s... Read more »
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How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2: Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race

How to Survive the Next 400 Years #2:  Teach Our Children the Complete Truth about Race
Part One:  Blacks, Evolve or Become Obsolete?    We were at dinner when the verdict was announced. Eight of us sat at a round table joking about marriage, cooking, and sex when someone received a news alert on their phone, announcing that George Zimmerman had been found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.... Read more »
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