A Black Female Perspective on Kamala Harris’s Candidacy

A Black Female Perspective on Kamala Harris’s Candidacy

I did not expect to have such an emotional reaction to Democratic Candidate Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President. To be honest, his choice was not at all a surprise. Harris gained significant traction as a presidential candidate and as a nominee for Vice President. Amidst the protests that resurrected after George Floyd’s murder by [...]

The Black Writer and Overcoming the Demand to “Write White”

The Black Writer and Overcoming the Demand to “Write White”

A Common "Curse" Toni Morrison is a phenomenal writer. Her writing grabs the reader by the ears and makes them hear the heart beat of the characters she creates in their minds. What she provokes is not reading, but a way to see with. words.   All the great writers, from Gertrude Dorsey Brown, to Wallace [...]

Kindred, A Key to Kinship: Remembering The Late Octavia Butler on Her Birthday

Kindred, A Key to Kinship: Remembering The Late Octavia Butler on Her Birthday

Science fiction was probably the only genre I did not read growing up. I read A Brave New World as a senior in high school, proud of the mastery I demonstrated of my master’s tools.  I had a ninety-five grade average, which documented my lauded hypnosis delineated in my memory of the white Man’s text, [...]

A Fly on the Wall isn’t a Fly at All: Re-evaluating Success in Silence

A Fly on the Wall isn’t a Fly at All: Re-evaluating Success in Silence

They laugh and smile with one another as the melanated faces mistake anti-black attitudes as kindness. I can’t laugh though, my face frozen in seeing what others do not, or simply will not acknowledge. They are telling me the benefits of teaching my narrative. They teach me the socially acceptable way to intertwine blackness in [...]

What Happened When I “Came for” Cardi B.: The Cardi B. Conscious ClapBack

What Happened When I “Came for” Cardi B.: The Cardi B. Conscious ClapBack

I’ll be honest with you, I never intended to author a post on Cardi B. The post reflects an aspiring writing seizing an opportunity to practice the skill to which she has dedicated my life. Before I continue, I want to state that I do not regret anything that I posted. I do however regret [...]

Well Don’t Read it Then!: An Accidental Lesson in Communal Ethics

Well Don’t Read it Then!: An Accidental Lesson in Communal Ethics

  Last week, I was assigned the task of editing a manuscript of a now popular piece of literature or poetry. The assignment failed to satiate my desire to be consumed in blackness by offering no black authored texts for edit. Although certainly not in the same position as my privileged peers, the assignment awoke [...]