Category Archives: Community

November 23

Monsters Next Door: Confronting Sexual Abuse and Internalized Misogyny

On November 18th Medium published an opinion piece on why it is problematic to continue listening to and supporting R & B singer R. Kelly. In “It Is Not Okay to Listen to Accused Serial Rapist R. Kelly”  Nathan Slavik powerfully enunciates the allegations against Kelly, asking the reader to visualize  the ordeal of the […]

October 30

‘The Least of These’: How We Deal With Children and What It Says About Us

I admit that I can be very opinionated at times. However my zeal to share my thoughts is tempered by my ability be silent and observe. So when the issue of the treatment of minors comes up I like to listen to what people say about the topic. And each time what I hear makes […]

October 23

‘Just Like Music’ Conclusion: “Testimony”, Summer 2015

Ten years after the events described in my last blog I stand in my kitchen, staring down at the screen of my white iPhone 6 in confusion. My favorite yellow and red kanga wrapped around my waist,I launch my Pandora app as I usually listen to music when I cook and clean. But when the app opened […]

October 21

Parent Life: Out Of Sync

In the latest installment of Parent Life I discuss my reticence in filling my daughters’ head with the ideas I was given about marriage and motherhood, and how the disparity in what we teach girls and boys as children leads to problems in adulthood:

Parent Life: Staying Humble

In my latest Parent Life video I discuss a word we parents don’t like to use in reference to ourselves: humility.

October 07

Just Like Music: “Where The Party At”, 2001

I wasn’t in Seattle the day I turned twenty-one years old and was unable to spend it with my friends. That didn’t sway my BFF Tisha. Within hours of my return from vacation in New York City in early August she called me. “Okay girl don’t make any plans for this weekend! We are going […]

September 21

Me Against My Brother

In today’s vlog I discuss my frustrations with the level of negativity directed at my ethnic group when relations within the African Diaspora are addressed on social media:  

September 18

Just Like Music: “Back and Forth” 1994-Part I

The pessimism and moodiness that developed from being the child of an addict had settled into me by my thirteenth year. The Binge now seemed to be a permanent feature of life for my family. I reconciled myself to the fact that one day my mom wasn’t going to return after weeks of indulging her […]