No Days Off

I’m tired. I’m like Fannie Lou Hamer, My mama A mama with three kids and no job tired. I’m tired of bleeding, crying, And sleeping with my fists balled up, And my eyes just as tight. But for this kinda anger, Rising inside of me? There are no days off. I’m tired of sirens, tears, … More No Days Off

rundown carry-ons

“Please be careful when removing your [baggage] from the overhead compartment as items may have shifted during flight.” Baggage is inevitable. If you’re going places, chances are you’re taking things with you. Flights create friction, they have turbulence and measures to keep you safe amidst all of that. The one thing a flight can’t do … More rundown carry-ons

Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

One afternoon during our social studies block, I did a lesson on race using the characters of “Sesame Street.” I asked my 6- and 7- year-old students: What race would Big Bird, Oscar, Elmo and Cookie Monster be if they were people and why? Using tally marks, my students decided that Big Bird and Elmo … More Creating a New Narrative in Baltimore Schools: Freddie Gray to Black Panther

Still Black

Last time I was spitting game Scene from Jay-Z’s The Story of OJ It was about the captivity and shame That fueled a luxurious change to fame But still All black people are the same. Black culture is synonymous with swag, intelligence, beauty The swag we brought to the endless cotton that our hands plucked … More Still Black

Fatherly Love

In 1998, my father died of a massive heart attack, brought on by congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema.  I was 17-years-old. The most powerful memory I have is when I was about four or five and my father was carrying my younger sister in his arms when I asked him to carry me. He … More Fatherly Love