Giving Thanks to A Queen

Not the Queen of England, or the Queen of Hip-Hop, but the “Queen of Soul”! Aretha Franklin was a woman who always kept it real-in her music and in her life. Whatever event she found herself involved in was important and meaningful. She came out for causes, good and important causes. Wherever she chose as […]

GRIEF, LOSS and SEXUAL ASSAULT: The Agony of An Untold Story

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on the Road, 1969 Sexual assault survivors are among the most disenfranchised populations, coping with narratives of multiple losses, uncertainty, and grief that frequently go unacknowledged. An alleged perpetrator gleefully walks across the stage at a college graduation, […]

The Mystique of Black Hair!

  The American cultural female beauty ideal remains decidedly narrow and relatively white. Physical manifestations of beauty exhibited in Black women have been debated and contested in American culture for over a century. Black women’s bodies were routinely regarded as vile, inhuman, and at the very least unattractive, while simultaneously Black women were utilized as […]

Street Lights and Sunday With My Girlfriend at Kmart

I am always amazed whenever I see youngsters out in the streets after 10 pm, especially on school nights. At first, it seemed as though there were only boys who were out ‘roaming’ the streets at what I feel are inappropriate times. But, girls are out there, too. The average age of these children is […]