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 […]

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 […]

24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black

This guest post is from Afrika Owes, a Fulbright alumna who is also a poet, a writer, a thinker, a talker, a reader, a believer, a goal digga and a glo’ getta.  She promotes Black women’s empowerment and strives to pass knowledge and life lessons to my peers. Check out more gems from her at  I […]

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 […]

“What happened at the New Orleans?” 12 Years Later

Twelve years later, everybody knows what happened, but not many can truly grasp how real it was. Sometimes I forget that everybody’s life didn’t change on August 29, 2005. Twelve years later, I also easily forget how many lives changed and ended on that day and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As someone who made […]

Sisters are Essential – Check Your Tribe

Ask Nayirah Waheed and she’ll tell you, “A friend is someone who supports your breathe.” Ask Ryan from Girls Trip and she’ll tell you that there are some people who you cannot hide the truth from because they see it anyway; the people who remind you of your worth when you forget it and allow […]

Journey Gems: Lessons from the Desert

Every year, instead of resolutions, I have themes. My theme for 2017 is ‘exploration for introspection.’ This year has been full of trips that allowed me to explore such different cultures and places to reflect on how this vast world extends beyond me and has so much for me to learn about it and myself. […]

Dear Colin Kaepernick: All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy

All you had to do was throw the ball, boy. We concealed this auction block well, didn’t we, boy? You didn’t know you were on sale, boy? Didn’t we tell you to just run, boy? Entertain us, boy. Win championships for us, boy. Stay in your place, boy. Don’t you dare get these other slaves, Black […]

Paranoid Summer Review

This young woman’s words from two summers ago are sounding mighty relevant. Check out Imani’s Spoken Word performance from the 2015 19th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals.   Be safe out there, and be encouraged by the eloquence and honesty of our little ones!  

Trump’s African Soulmate

  “Our universe grants every soul a twin – a reflection of themselves- the kindred spirit.” None of Trump’s numerous significant others have managed to fit this script, but guess who does. Another unprepared, unqualified, charismatic, anti-establishment president whose impeachment has been the desire of the masses from the get, South Africa’s President Zuma. Clearly […]