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…

Watching Birth of a Nation While Black

Originally posted on Scott Woods Makes Lists:
I cannot recall when I have ever dreaded viewing a film. I’ve attended numerous 24-hour horror film marathons during which I knew I would be subjected to films handpicked to twist the knife of political sensibilities, films so graphic and nihilistic I cannot give their titles in unguarded…

“Diversity” Is A Problem

Originally posted on Bitter Gertrude:
In theatre and in academia, my two worlds, we talk a lot about “diversity.” In theatre, we talk about diversity in casting, we talk about diversity in programming, we talk about diversity in audiences. In academia, we talk about “attracting and retaining diverse students” and “the diversity of our faculty.”…

National Read A Book Day on September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016: National Read a Book Day Highlighted Book of the Month The Adventures of Tume The Tug Boat: Tume Visits New York City with his new friend Speed by Monique Brown, ISBN: 978-1534980655: Tume’s Tug Boat Adventures series was created for children of all ages and will help readers understand other cultures, develop an…

Tulsa’s Greenwood District: Race Riot of 1921

Tulsa’s Race Riot of 1921 In a political sense, Tulsa Negroes have made tremendous progress. Constituting one tenth of the voting strength, they easily swing elections one way or the other at will. In this respect, it has been demonstrated time after time, that no office seeker can be elected in a citywide or countywide…

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…

In Rio’s Slums, Gangs, Drugs, Murders Carry the Day — Discover

A Rio native photographs life in the deadly slums of the 2016 Olympic host city. “And stuck right in the middle of it, you’ve got the residents of the slums, 99 percent of whom are honest, hardworking people who have nothing to do with the gangs.” Editor’s note: graphic content. via In Rio’s Slums, Gangs, Drugs,…

July/August 2016: African American Mentions, News, and Articles of Interest

Malcolm X was invited back to London by the African Society to address a large audience in the Old Theatre at the London School of Economics. In both addresses, Malcolm X moved the political discourse from civil rights to human rights and stated clearly and unequivocally that the Black liberation struggle had to be internationalized rather than ghettoized….

Plans, Goals, Dreams… Reality

Originally posted on Jason's Journal:
Last night I watched a documentary on O.J. Simpson, it’s actually really good by the way; it’s called O.J. Made In America. When anyone in my generation thinks of O.J. Simpson, they automatically think of the trial of the century, when he was put on trial in criminal court…