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. Advertisements

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…

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….

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.

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,…

My Legacy…I’m Sorry

#AcademicHustler: My daughter…The love of my life. The one I sacrificed for in many ways. She will have a hard road ahead of her over the next few years and beyond. The love of my life will continue to be burdened as a woman and as a black person. Her future husband will continue to…

The Price of a Ticket as a Black Woman: Inspired by James Baldwin

For so long I was invisible in this country we call America.  Some call it Amerikkka because it hasn’t always been kind to us…even now. The price of my ticket is very expensive and I still have yet to feel the FREEDOM of this journey. I am an American with limited liberties that were added…

My Experience as an Inside Out Prison Exchange Student @ Temple University

“If you don’t already know about the Inside-Out program, check it out and get involved! It’s so important that we end the separation between ‘us’ and ‘them’ – those labeled ‘prisoners,’ ‘criminals,’ ‘felons.’ It is this separation and demonization of the ‘others’ – and our failure to truly see, hear, and engage with those who…

My April Prose/Poems

My poems from April 2016 My Graterford Prison Experience @Temple University The outside world doesn’t really understand the inside blues.  We walk around angry ourselves, not understanding that we are in our own prison trying to make it on a daily basis.  We feel just as condemned and invisible to others that have less cares in…

StoryTime: Yes, I am Still in Love with HIM…

Yes, I am still in love with him! My friend looked at me in shock and said “After everything he put you through, how can you still care for this person.” I couldn’t explain it myself.  She asked me if I had seen him lately and I said, “No, I knocked on the door, but…

No Longer 3/5ths of a Person: a’n’t I a woman?

Harriet Tubman was a great woman and she deserves every honor we can get for her accomplishments, trials, tribulations, and love for her people.  She was born a slave in America and decided to free slaves during a time when she would have been hung, raped, and murdered just like Mary Turner.  Sojourner Truth said,…

His Darling Nikki, and My Prince

My prose to one of the most musical genius, crooner that was out there.  Your music lives inside of me.     Also, Damien Escobar the violinist made a tribute to Prince.  It’s beautiful!!!  Check it out on his Facebook page.