Category Archives: GRITS
Room to Imagine Freedom (Essay 11 of 52)

The sentence is inflicted by white supremacy and its brother patriarchy, the same forces trapping so many people in prisons…

We are Writing History (Essay 8 of 52)
dark brown library card catalog

I want everyone to care about stories that aren’t their own, that aren’t necessarily what they think they could relate…

Consciousness as a Form of Resistance

Last week I had the privilege of attending Freedom Dreams Freedom Now, a conference sponsored by the Social Justice Initiative at…

What Didn’t Survive?

I passed on the Grammy Awards last Sunday to go see 12 Years a Slave. When I got home from…

My Best Posts of 2013

I’m a little late on looking back, but I wrote 67 posts in 2013. Here’s my top 10 list of…

Why Mrs. Carter Will Not Set You Free
Beyonce still from "mine"

I said I wouldn’t write about this because I knew I wouldn’t download the album until after Christmas and my…

The Jesus in Grandmama’s House
Italian Christ

In “The Comfort of a Sweet, Black, Dreadlocked Jesus,” I recalled the image of Jesus Christ as depicted in a painting…

Living in Love, A Tribute

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love…

White Girl Dipped in Chocolate?

Many years ago, my father said that by the time I have children, they’ll be white kids dipped in chocolate….

GRITS Surprise
Logo for Voicces of Our National Arts Foundation

A few quick observations/insights from my first night at VONA: 1. My workshop leader is intense and fierce. Imagine an…

Am I a (Proud) Southerner?

Am I a “Southerner?” Yesterday’s Talk of the Nation made me want to say, “Yes!” I was in the car…

Sexy, Feminine, Sensual, Tough: Beyonce’s Perfect Blend

  When I saw the tweets below last night from Dr. Kaila Story, an assistant professor at the University of…

Breaking Bread Barriers with ‘Soul Food Junkies’

As a child, my weekend breakfast menu was consistent: Aunt Jemimah buttermilk pancakes—with whole milk and margarine in the batter,…

GRITS Living in Red
illustration: electoral map

I’ve been trying to compose something about the election for the past two weeks, but I haven’t had much to…

Called to Love in Election 2012

“to be ‘feminist’ in any authentic sense of the term is to want for all people, female and male, liberation…

It’s in the GRITS
Bowl of grits

The full name of this blog is Redbone Afropuff & Black GRITS. I generally ignore the part after “and” because…

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