Philando Castile and theatre critic Hedy Weiss are connected

I was talking to my therapist today because I couldn’t sort out my thoughts around two events that happened this week. One event has garnered two drafts of a post that I have yet to publish because I just can’t get to the heart of what I want to express. The other involves the Philando Castile verdict... Read more »

I survived the PTA

Well it’s done. My first year as Cultural Arts Chair of the PTA is complete. I accomplished all tasks required of me and nobody died; in particular me. As I wrote in a post in the beginning of the school year: I have accepted quite possibly the easiest position a PTA “member” could ever accept…... Read more »

Edward Albee casting choice is not racist

Not everything is racist. The role of Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf should not be played by a Black actor. I agree with Edward Albee’s estate. The reflexive cries of racism are misdirected. A production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf in Oregon was told by Albee’s estate that they couldn’t have a... Read more »

When I see the hairstyles on black-ish I see me

These different styles most likely appeared in one episode.
My family loves to watch black-ish on ABC. It’s funny, topical, smart and edgy. Episode titles include Who’s Afraid of the Big Black Man?, 40 Acres and a Vote, Black Santa/White Christmas and Martin Luther Skiing Day. The show covers issues like police brutality, Trump post election blues and religion. But it’s funny. Tracee Ellis Ross;... Read more »

Evanston suspended its only Black librarian and I'm not having it

I was looking for a light read. The last book I read was Another Brooklyn by Jaqueline Woodson about 4 Black girls growing up in the 70’s. I ugly cried at the end with a full heart and a sense of loss. So like I said I was looking for a light read. The librarian;... Read more »

Bill O'Reilly getting fired inspired me to sing

My wish came true. I wrote about it here in March: “I would love to see Fox news fire O’Reilly for his racial slurs. Of course they never will because the platform they provide him feeds their audience and all Fox cares about is ratings or they agree with him.” Fox News did fire Bill O’Reilly. It... Read more »

5 news items that made me go hmm

There are some real head scratchers in the news lately. In the time of Trump I question everything more than ever. Here are some news items that made me go, “Hmm.” I can’t believe people are willing to accept Trump’s decision to launch a missile strike against Syria at face value. This man is unstable, irrational,... Read more »

I wish Fox News would fire Bill O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly had the “audacity of hope” to say this about California Representative Maxine Waters after he watched a video of her speaking on the House floor: “I didn’t hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig.” I’ve already written... Read more »

The dry cleaner assumed I was my White husband's employee

Well, this was fun. And by “fun” I mean not fun at all. The other day I dropped off my husband’s dry cleaning. If you know me that alone is pretty remarkable. We don’t do the traditional roles in my household. You can’t pin us down that way. Anyway the other day my husband asked... Read more »

BBC viral video dad I feel your pain

It happened to me. Watching Robert E. Kelly attempt to continue his live interview on the BBC reminded me of my own work slash parenting nightmare. I felt his pain. It was a Thursday. In the afternoon. I was at an audition. I’d worked hard on the material. I was memorized. This was a commercial that... Read more »