Summer 2018: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

Eight HBCUs Get Loan Relief From the U.S. Department of Education – The HBCU Capital Finance program allowed colleges and universities to take out low-interest loans to restore building and facilities on their campuses. But due to the 2008-09 recession and declining enrollments at some HBCUs, many institutions have had difficulty making payments on their loans….

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…

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,…