I'm an extroverted introvert and I really want to cancel my plans tonight

My name is Tania Richard and I am an extroverted introvert. According to Thought Catalog this means, “You have to psyche yourself up for social interactions – even when you know you’ll enjoy them…You make plans when you’re feeling extroverted but then the time comes and you want to cancel so bad…People think you’re an extrovert…... Read more »

Go ahead and ruin Thanksgiving

Go ahead and ruin Thanksgiving
Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a Facebook Live with Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens (Balancing Act). We ate pie, talked about parenting in racially divisive times and I suggested that it’s time to fight the racist uncle at Thanksgiving rather than let him get away with racist language and ideas.    Like us... Read more »

We sit in the heart of darkness

In musical theatre characters break into song because words and structure are not enough. Though I’m not a poet, as a writer, poetry is a way for me to sing when simple words and structure are not enough. This is in honor of the 11 victims of the hate crime at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the passing of... Read more »
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My 10 second fast and the inspiration that followed

Over the weekend a dear friend had to fast before a minor procedure on Monday. I was going to be with the friend on the day of their fast and I thought it’d be nice to show my support by also fasting. It’s no fun when other people are enjoying food around you when you can’t... Read more »

Elizabeth Warren it's okay to be White

Elizabeth Warren it's okay to be White
Senator Elizabeth Warren is a white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. In the infrastructure of systemic racism she has not experienced the same discrimination that a person of color has experienced. And that is fine. She is more impactful and useful if she acknowledges the privilege that comes from being White and advocates to... Read more »

White male privilege is on trial

White male privilege is on trial
There’s a scene in an old Law and Order where the defendant is on the stand and good old Sam Waterson hands him a machete; the murder weapon. He baits the defendant and gets his anger to escalate to the point where he is waving the machete around in a manner that reflects how he... Read more »
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Hey Black girl, heyyyyyy

Hey Black girl, heyyyyyy
Hey Black girl, heyyyy As you move around today Don’t give way Or pivot Or make yourself small. Don’t apologize Or avert your eyes. You can if you wanna. But you don’t gotta. Go ‘head now take up space. Our mothers, Our sisters, Our Aunts, And sistah-friends, They are the wind on our backs; The nudge on our shoulders. Lean on... Read more »

My assault taught me a valuable lesson

I was deciding which eyebrow brush to buy in the makeup section at Walgreens. A young Black man walked toward me: 16, 17, or 19 years old with short dreads and a wide nose. He carried a skateboard and the burden of racial bias so I wasn’t going to do what most people do. I... Read more »

Angry black woman; hear that cry

Angry black woman; hear that cry
When Serena Williams demanded an apology from chair official Carlos Ramos at the US Open this weekend there was a moment so familiar to me. The moment happened when she said the word “never”. “You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life…” @49 seconds   The escalation in... Read more »
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5 steps to start a podcast with your kid

I love podcasts. I love my daughter. My daughter loves me, podcasts and My Little Pony. I also produce and co-host a podcast called Race Bait. My daughter has listened to episodes and sings along to the theme song. One day she was telling me the ins and outs of a My Little Pony episode... Read more »