This blog post was inspired by listening to a podcast called The Friend Zone, where three friends Fran, Dustin, and Assante, discuss various topics that all center around mental wellness. In the spirit of the new year, on the last episode Fran asked what are the three things that you learned about yourself that you love… Continue reading What I Learned About Myself in 2015
Music has been just as important to my life as books. It seemed like music was always booming out of the radio, or on tv, 24/7. When I woke up in the morning for school, my grandmother would turn on the little black radio on top of the fridge, to the only station we both… Continue reading R&B Ruled in 2015!
This year has been full of ups and downs. Much to celebrate, but also much to mourn. Over 20 trans women, most of them trans women of color, have been murdered this year, an increase from 13 trans women killed last year, despite the increased mainstream public attention towards issues impacting trans people and to trans… Continue reading 2015…
For me, 2015 has been defined by me slowly but surely getting back to my writing roots, and I had the fortunate experience of having a few pieces published this year, which you can read here. In 2016, I plan to redesign this site and have it integrate all of my passions, social justice, food,… Continue reading Words That Moved Me
Young Black people in Chicago are amazing. They are brave, fierce, radical and loving. They continually show up and show out in solidarity with victims of police violence. Young Black people in Chicago are in the streets right now protesting the murder of Laquan McDonald by a police officer. As the mayor, CPD, media, and… Continue reading for the young, gifted & black of Chicago…
I listened to the Ideas Worth Spreading Ted Talks audio podcast this morning while I was at work. The speaker was Taiye Selasi, author of the 2013 novel Ghana Must Go. She is Ghanian and Nigerian, born in London, and raised in Massachusetts. In her Ted Talk, Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m… Continue reading Where Are You Local?
As usual, I was reading my Twitter timeline and I learn that a Black woman from the Black Lives Matter Seattle chapter had stormed the stage at a Bernie Sanders campaign stop. She welcomed him to Seattle, which is actually occupied Duwamish land, and asked for 4.5 minutes of silence for Mike Brown. The reaction from… Continue reading this will be short….