Thug Genius
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Ever notice how it’s the poor, black, unemployed, idle but creative youth who create musical empires? It’s true in Hip-Hop,…

Place, race and rooted research
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Despite the photos I’m posting on Facebook and Twitter, this trip isn’t all, or even 10%, about the beach. It’s…

Tie the heifer, loose the bull: learning gender and family in Trinidad
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I don’t know that the above quote is my favorite new saying, but it definitely stuck out to me and…

Waving the White Flag

I’m officially giving up on the photo voice project. The 12+ steps needed to take content from my phone to…

I don’t blend in after all
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Since I wrote this post, two things have happened: 1. I’ve seen some white people in Trinidad. 2. I’ve been…

Eating Like a Poor Person
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  Update 07/19/2014: Since I’ve given up on trying to upload audio for the photo voice project, I’ve decided to…

An outsider who blends in
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Click here to listen to the music with the above photo Update 07/16/2014: I’m having some technical difficulties with the…

Living as a Black woman in 2014 still a ‘metaphysical dilemma’ (because of housing and police and SCOTUS)
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Update 08/01/2-014: Victory. Read more here. Update 07/22/2014: LMHA is reevaluating. See this article in the Courier-Journal: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/07/21/housing-authority-reviewing-section-experiment/12969879/ Update 07/14/2014:…

At the Intersection: Christianity and feminism need not be mutually exclusive
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  I write about my life of “existing in many spaces at once, holding multiple identities and not quite serving…

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
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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
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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
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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
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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….

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