An Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel

An Open Letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Dear Mayor Emanuel, I applaud your address this morning to the city council. Thank you for publicly apologizing for the police shooting death of Laquan McDonald and for acknowledging the deep seated problems we have in Chicago. I accept your apology and look forward to working together. I would like to arm you with some... Read more »

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq opens TODAY

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq opens TODAY
This is it! Today’s the day! December 4th is the official release date of Spike Lee’s new joint, Chi-Raq. The title of the movie has been hotly contested and debated from Chicago’s city halls to every church, barbershop and dinner table. I love the title and am glad Spike Lee decided to use his talents,... Read more »

TONIGHT I’m Going to Watch “The Wiz” and Win

TONIGHT I’m Going to Watch “The Wiz” and Win
It’s hard being Black in America. The constant bombardment of racism and ignorance is depressing and exhausting. These last few months have been particularly trying, but tonight…tonight I have a wonderful reason to celebrate my Blackness. Back in the 80’s, the groundbreaking and hilarious Cosby Show almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and propelled NBC... Read more »
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State's Attorney Anita Alvarez Works For the Police; Not the People

State's Attorney Anita Alvarez Works For the Police; Not the People
Anita Alvarez has spent her entire legal career in the State’s Attorney’s Office. Her career began as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1986. She moved up the ranks and in 2008 was elected to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney making her the first Hispanic woman elected to this position. In 2012, she easily... Read more »

CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy Hates Black People

CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy Hates Black People
Hate is a strong word…the strongest…which is why I don’t use it capriciously or even in jest. I’ve never heard Garry McCarthy state that he hates Black people, but since actions speak louder than words, I have come to this conclusion. I’ve observed Garry McCarthy’s leadership since his appointment in 2011. Though I didn’t always... Read more »

Is this Chicago Sun-Times cover racist?

Is this Chicago Sun-Times cover racist?
I’m sick and tired of racist news coverage which paints Black and brown people as criminals and white people as misguided. When a Black person murders an innocent person, the murderer is instantly labeled a gang member even if the murderer haven’t yet been identified by the police. When a white person murders an innocent... Read more »
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If You Hate Your Job, Read This Now

If You Hate Your Job, Read This Now
I write this next statement in all sincerity. IF you HATE your job, THEN QUIT! Yes, I’m serious. If you hate the place were you spend at least 40 hours a week, which is almost 24% of your week, then you need to quit. Don’t quit today. Don’t walk away from this screen and tell... Read more »

Pardon Howard Morgan Support Gathering on Wednesday, 7/8

Pardon Howard Morgan Support Gathering on Wednesday, 7/8
In December 2014, I first wrote about the retired police officer who was working as a railroad police officer when he was shot 28 times by four white police officers. Today the fight for Howard Morgan’s justice continues. Here is a time-line of why people should support Howard Morgan and his family: Feb 2005 –... Read more »

Bree Newsome's Inspiring Lesson in Civil Disobedience

Bree Newsome's Inspiring Lesson in Civil Disobedience
Wikipedia defines Civil Disobedience as the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands, or commands of a government, or of an occupying international power. Civil disobedience is sometimes, though not always, defined as being nonviolent resistance. Bree Newsome is giving the world an inspiring lesson on the power of Civil Disobedience. Click the links below to find out more about... Read more »
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No Shade on Kendall Jenner But WTF Estee Lauder

No Shade on Kendall Jenner But WTF Estee Lauder
Yesterday, I was flipping though my Facebook feed on my cell phone and I saw an Estee Lauder ad that truly offended and disgusted me as a woman. The ad read, “When Kendall Jenner comes up with her own shade of lipstick, you know you have to have it! Restless, the perfect orangey-red matte” “YOU KNOW... Read more »