What’s Up with the Blog and What’s Next?
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I wrote my first post/essay of the day at about 2:00 in the afternoon on yet another day that I told…

Consciousness as a Form of Resistance
FDFN Program

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

On Maya and Vincent
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Some context: 1. It’s really late. 10:57 central time. 2. I’m at a social justice conference structured to commemorate the…

The ‘Our’ in #BringBackOurGirls
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During my Fulbright-National Geographic application process (from initial decision to apply to outcome), there were three specific times I seriously…

The other way Toni Morrison makes me feel bad
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I started writing this on a Saturday night after making a to-do list for Sunday that had me wondering, “Why…

From ‘The American Negro’ to #FeministSelfie and #DangerousBlackKids: Posing African American Humanity Through the Centuries
"Young African American woman, three-quarter length portrait, facing slightly right, with hands folded on her lap," Thomas E. Askew, 1899 or 1900

On Friday my mom and I drove up to the Evansville Museum to see the exhibit, “Posing Beauty in African…

Her body, his seed, and patriarchal “rights”
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I saw a lot of men up in arms on social media yesterday over a New Jersey Superior Court judge’s…

What Didn’t Survive?

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

Living Saved, Single and Unhappy

While my parents were teaching me to be the best student I could be, my Christian faith taught me to…

Amiri Baraka Told You Tonight’s Golden Globes Would Happen
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I forgot the Golden Globes were on tonight, and I tuned in just in time to see Kerry Washington not…

Choosing to Pursue Happiness
"Happiness to the Extreme," photo by Karthick Makka via Flickr/Creative Commons

I could have had this blog entry completed and posted yesterday, but I chose to spend time I could have…

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…

What I Learned While Blogging Like Crazy
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I almost did it. #BlogLikeCrazy has come to an end, and I came close to meeting the goal of posting…

Food, Family and a Little Conflict for Thanksgiving
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Yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner—or whatever you might call the meal you eat at 3:00 p.m.—surprised me. First, the food was amazing….

5 Things I’m Both Thankful for and Happy About
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It’s the obligatory Thanksgiving Day post. Mine is composed of the few things I’m not only thankful for but happy…

What makes me a feminist?
What I'm reading as a student of history and feminism

What makes me a feminist? I’ve been thinking about this question since my feminism history class last night. We were…

‘It’s a Different World’ from what this trailblazer thought, but we still love her
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  It’s rare you hear a speech other than a eulogy that’s sad, beautiful, encouraging and unexpected all at the…

Smiling to False Standards
Me at age 5 or 6

I recently came across a post on a Facebook page asking women what they didn’t like about themselves when they…

The Feminist First Lady Question Continues
First family 2009

Since reading a few comments to “Michelle Obama is role model, but maybe not a feminist one,” my most recent…

I’m a Terrible Student, but I’m Still Learning
Bart Simpson at the board

At around 5:00 pm yesterday, I looked at the clock and the work I still had before me to complete….

How Well Do Kids Know God?
children praying

I watched a video on Facebook today of a little who might have been four or five years old mimicking…

Why Losing Your Virginity Is Always a Public Spectacle
True Love Waits

I could probably blog for a year on all the issues brought up in this interview   with 19-year-old London art…

How to Support a Writer
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  I can think of at least three things I’d rather be doing right now instead of writing a blog…

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