November 02

An Afternoon at the Schomburg

There was a time when the sight of the black berets, chic black leather coats, and massive Afros that symbolized the movement would fill me with nothing but pride. But on that day, I felt ambivalence.

The conviction and exuberance shown in the exhibit saddened me, for I know too well how the story ended. ..

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October 29

Harlem Blues

As my eyes scanned the walls, from the vintage black and white covers to the color one with President Barack Obama, they filled with tears. The beautiful and rich legacy of my people lay before me…

April 18

Parent Life: New School Rules

Teenagers have the unique ability to work a parents’ last nerve! In this post I share how I responded to a case of willful disobedience from mine.

April 17

Unashamed: A Post-Easter Reflection

Growing up in the Baptist church, Easter Sunday reigned supreme as the high point of our calendar. Christmas was important and celebrated, but without the death and resurrection of Christ, it would have been pointless. So on April 16th, 2017 I rose early and attended morning worship just as I did two decades ago. Service […]

January 20

Alright

A note to today’s post: Happy New Year to my followers! It has been nearly six months since you heard from me. I have no plans to take down my blog, but the truth of the matter is that my life and commitments have changed drastically over the past eighteen months. As a result, I […]

July 12

Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around:Outrage Fatigue and Shifting Focus

Originally posted on diminutivediva:
I know better. I should have never clicked ‘play’ on that video. It is not as if it could show me anything new. It couldn’t teach a lesson any different from the one I peeped watching a fuzzy video with my late Grandma back in 1991, or the simmering emotion in the…

July 08

Stay Ready

When my daughter was born, I was very fortunate to have my Mama around to help and guide me as a new mother. Her support in those early months was crucial. Though I had experience taking care of children, being responsible for a human being I’d carried myself was vastly different. But Mama shared the […]

June 09

Like Mama: On Grief and Acceptance

On moving to the acceptance stage after losing loved one, and how I’ve chosen to be inspired by the memories my late mother bequeathed to me.