When I moved from California to Texas at age four, I was reading full books and writing at a 1st- grade level. After being iced out of one upscale community that wasn’t keen on having a single black mother as a neighbor, my mom moved us into a different district, specifically for its public schools. … Continue reading Young, Gifted, and Black? Prepare to Fight for Your Education
If the year 2016 taught me anything, it is that our time has come. No amount of online petitions or Facebook posts will stand in for the work that needs to be done by all of us, everywhere. Right now we are in a fight for the heart of this country, and in 2017, I choose to believe that there are more of us on the side of peace and love than on the side of fear and hate.
Election 2016 has come and gone, and the Democrats were handed their most resounding defeat in almost a decade. There is a lot of hand ringing going on over what happened, how it happened, and why it happened, and the further into the elitist stratosphere the questioner, the more confused they seem to be. But … Continue reading Democrats can’t just “Go High,” they have to Go Long …and take a note from the GOP playbook
Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, and while the show is expected to proceed mostly as usual, there will be a white cloud hanging overhead, as well as a few well-publicized absences. The Academy has acknowledged its need to diversify after a second year in a row of #OscarsSoWhite popularity on social media. … Continue reading Front and Center at the Academy Awards
Storytelling can be a driver of equality, but in this country there is a small, unrepresentative group telling only small pieces of a much larger American story.
If I am a descendant of a wealthy slave owner, shouldn't I have the same amount of wealth as my kin?
Feed the kids real food.
If marijuana interacts with the brain in such a way that it eases seizures, it is reasonable to expect serious research into whether it can positively effect the brain for non-life threatening, often debilitating, mental health issues.
This discussion was an extension of my piece about the disconnect I feel between being an American and being categorized as "African-American." My part of the segment begins at the 6:18 mark. Click the image to see the video.
You know that feeling you have when you get home after a long day and the last thing you want to do is anything besides sit down? What do you usually eat in that time? I bet it's not a fresh, nutritious meal made from scratch (unless you are one of the people several steps ahead … Continue reading Get Home, Get Wine, Eat Food, Summertime