My Perfectly Flawed African American Mother

My mother died the day before my birthday in 2014.  Not a great way to look forward to a birthday celebration, right??  My birthday is exactly one month from now and her death will be three years on the 24th of July.  I am a poet, spoken word artist, and definitely a writer on many…

The Astrology Signs…Poetry by an #IntrovertedBlackGirl

There was this meme on Pinterest that showed each sign and an incomplete sentence about that sign.  I decided to complete it!!  I was inspired, so I worked on those sentences and allowed my mind to free-flow into what you see below,  I hope you enjoy.

BlackGirlChronicles: What is…LOVE?

What is…LOVE??? My daughter asked me this question over a week ago.  What was my definition of love? Was I ever in love?  I couldn’t give her an honest answer as I looked back at my life.  Looking back on my past relationships, I realized that I never loved them like love is “supposed” to…

GetOutMovie: Black Women Have Always Had Your BACK!!!!

  Black Women have always had Black Men’s BACK First let me say, I loved the movie “Get Out.”  It was very entertaining, funny, scary, and kept me wanting more after it was over.  I am not going to do a movie review because I just don’t do those things.  What I like to do…

Audre Lorde: Revolution is not a One Time Event

My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I’m going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity. – Audre Lorde Audre Geraldine Lorde 1934 – 1992 Audre Lorde was born in New…

America’s Lies: I Am Not Your NEGRO

Last Friday (February 3, 2017), I was privileged to watch the documentary called, I am not your Negro featuring James Baldwin and directed by Raoul Peck.  Baldwin was just getting into a new book titled, Remember This House in 1979 on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr….

LEADers on Inequality, Race, Ethnic Politics, and African American History

Special treat for African American History Month Netflix will stream 22 hard to find films from Black Cinema’s Earliest Pioneers. In 2015, Kino Lorber released a treasure trove from American history in a DVD box set, Pioneers of African-American Cinema. Hours upon hours of feature-length and short films spanning the 1910s to the 1940s were…

Six Word Stories by #academichustler 

I asked folks to give me six (6) words and I would turn it into a story for them. I apologize now for a typo or two.  Enjoy! #academichustler For more you can visit my Instagram page, @academichustler.

A girl’s story

Originally posted on Breaking Moulds:
“There is no greater agony then bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou Once upon a time, there was a girl who was given a heart to call her own. It was the prettiest thing she had ever seen: large and bright and made of something like glass. She…

Black Woman, Where does it Hurt?  EVERYWHERE

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and I just finished watching the movie, Fences starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington with one of my girlfriends and it left me speechless.  I went through so many emotions…hate, love, joy, and many more.  It was a great and powerful movie and I really enjoyed it.  The resilience that…

March-April 2017: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

  African Americans earned 340,946 degrees and certificates from four-year institutions in the 2014-15 academic year. They made up 10.5 percent of all individuals who were given degrees or certificates from four-year institutions. The Full report is here: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016112rev.pdf #BlackBoyJoy: A. Benjamin Spencer, Associate Dean and Professor of and Director, Frances Lewis Law Center:  An expert…

When HER Fairytales Collided into the Streets of Philly

When HER Fairytales Collided into the Streets of Philly I was the one that dreamed about fairy-tales…because my reality was far harsher than Snow White eating the poisoned apple. I dreamed of that white knight in shining armor to whisk me away to a beautiful house, 2.5 kids, and a small dog. Surrounded by drugs,…