Posts in category "Religion"

I'm Black and I don't want the Confederate flag to be banned

I'm Black and I don't want the Confederate flag to be banned
For months, I’ve wanted to write about the state of race relations in this country but the words never came to me.  I convinced myself that it was fair to avoid the topic, as my brain was enamored with rewriting pages upon pages of dialogue for a manuscript, and my mind just couldn’t make the... Read more »

The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson

The revolution will have a #hashtag: Seven lessons from Ferguson
A great American author once said, “To be Black and conscious in America means to be in a constant state of rage.” While I’m in no position to improve upon the words of James Baldwin, I would like to slightly tweak this statement. To be Black and conscious in America is to have Black nationalism... Read more »

Intelligentsia Coffee is the Devil

Intelligentsia Coffee is the Devil
(Once a month ChicagoNow challenges its bloggers to write about a subject for an hour.  This month’s challenge is on: “Defending our guilty pleasures”.) I cheated on Lent.  There I said it.  I cheated on Lent. My addiction to caffeine started in my mid-twenties when I was first introduced to the Soy Chai Latte from... Read more »
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Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time

Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time
I still think of her often. But she did not cross my mind once on June 9, 2012. My mind’s preoccupation with other events of the day marked a tremendous milestone in the decade- long grieving process over the loss of my best friend.  I was not sad and did not have to remind myself... Read more »

Why I celebrate Lent (and so should you!)

Why I celebrate Lent (and so should you!)
Yesterday I ate coffee and beignets for breakfast, I had three chicken wings for an early lunch, and I happily devoured a mug of homemade gumbo for dinner. As I sat back on my couch to unwind, I decided to conclude my day with my biggest vice of all, season 4 of the most ignorant... Read more »
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