A Common Thread: The Politics of Black Hair

In the brisk Manchester fall of 1945 at the 5th Pan African Congress, slightly aloft and parted low cut natural hair electrified a room of leaders from the Black diaspora. Leaders like WeB Du Bois energized the atmosphere with rambunctious American spirit. Jamaican shakers like Amy Ashwood Garvey and Miss Alma La Badie brought intersectional and […]

Echoes of Anita: The Importance of Her Voice 25 Years Later

Decemember 7, 2017 Think back to 1992, the Year of the Woman, Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas. Now turn on the news, any channel. We all know that history repeats itself, but how many times in one year? This year has truly been a year of repetitive history intensified and spiraling out of control. It also […]

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 […]

A Wrinkle In White Hollywood

A Wrinkle In Time is a film directed by a woman of color in an age where erasure is a trend, but as always, melanin continues to shine through. I believe Ava DuVernay is the best person to craft such a vision as she has marveled us with works such as 13th, Selma, The Door […]

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 […]

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 […]

25 Lessons Learned By 25

At some point this week I woke up a 25-year-old woman, eternally and overwhelmingly grateful for all of my blessings. I’m in awe of all the things that 24 brought my way, the places I’ve seen and the lessons I’ve learned. While these are not all brand new lessons, they are those that were weighing […]

Where You Can Breathe & Be: Black Girl Space

I’m going into my 36th year of this Black Girl/Black Woman space in life and I could not be more thrilled. I appreciate everything that I am, everything that I will be and am learning to love the woman I am becoming: the woman that my mother saw that I would be when I was […]

Pulse Check on Healthcare: The Breakdown of All Your Healthcare Concerns

Trump’s campaign and victory in the 2016 presidential election highlighted deep divisions in our “united” states. One such division is over our country’s healthcare system. Should we follow the examples of countries like the UK, France, Canada, and Switzerland and push for a universal healthcare system? Or should we return to the “good old days” […]

The America We Know

“Not the America I know.” Because the America you know was founded on the basis of “religious” freedom? Because the America that you know is the land of the free and the home of the brave? Because you read somewhere, “Give me your tired, your poor…”? “Nations are not communities and never have been. The […]