The Tale of Two Waffle Houses & One “Justified” Act of Violence

There is something to be said for the state of blackness when you can’t even go to Waffle House in peace. In the span of a week Travis Reinking carried out a mass shooting committed by with an ‘assault-style rifle’  leaving four people dead in Antioch, TN and Chikesia Clemons was arrested in Alabama by … More The Tale of Two Waffle Houses & One “Justified” Act of Violence

Breathe: An Open Letter to Ambitious Underrepresented People of Color

During my first week of business school, my classmates and I played a game that caused me great inner turmoil. The game left me wanting to say things I knew would ruffle some feathers. The game was StarPower, which involves collecting points by negotiation. We drew chips from a bag, and based on the value … More Breathe: An Open Letter to Ambitious Underrepresented People of Color

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

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