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DAYS WHEN THERE’S NOT ENOUGH

DAYS WHEN THERE’S NOT ENOUGH He bought a box of instant mashed potatoes, some canned tamales, a small bag of frozen bon bons, and a few other things.  It wasn’t much.   Enough to get him through the week if his meals were… Read More

MALE STRIPPERS AS HEALERS AND THEIR EMCEE AS GRIOTTE–WHY MAGIC MIKE XXL IS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK

MALE STRIPPERS AS HEALERS AND THEIR EMCEE AS GRIOTTE– WHY MAGIC MIKE XXL IS DEEPER THAN YOU THINK Introduction It was already a good day because it was summer break, and I was eating chocolate malted crunch ice cream from Rite Aid.  … Read More

TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH- LETTER #5: DOLLS

“I’m looking for dolls and action figures that represent active girls of all ethnicities with ambitions that don’t always involve making a fashion statement.” –Janet Stickmon

TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH–LETTER # 4: TERROR

Letter #4:  Terror To Black Parents Visiting Earth, So much has happened in the last month and half. I bounce between wanting to tell you what happened and wanting to tell you how all of it makes me feel. Just when I… Read More

TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH–LETTER #3: HAIR (Part I)

Letter #3: Hair Part I To Black People Visiting Earth: It took many jars of relaxing cream and scabs on my scalp before I stopped strangling Africa.  The day I stopped putting chemicals in my hair was the day I began loving… Read More

TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH–LETTER #2: BOOKS

Letter #2: Books To Black Parents Visiting Earth, Long before those early months of motherhood when I was trying to figure out how to nurse Baby Girl, how to change her diaper, how to swaddle her, and how to get the child… Read More

TO BLACK PARENTS VISITING EARTH–Letter #1

Letter #1  To Black Parents Visiting Earth, It has taken me several months to write to you … and I don’t even know your name … or if you’ll be visiting my part of the planet.  I guess it’s taken forever because… Read More

A Perfect Ordinary Day: An Act of Self-Love

A Perfect Ordinary Day:  An Act of Self-Love  Preface While writing “Beauty Revealed—Bringing Out the Best in Others,” the final essay in Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience, I began jotting down notes focused on how to avoid stagnancy in order to stay motivated in… Read More

BLACKAPINA

 First Movement: The Intersection People of multiethnic backgrounds are accustomed to existing at the intersections of multiple worlds and multiple identities, holding and juggling those spaces in tension.[1] We become adept at navigating in and out and through numerous ethnoracial and ethnocultural… Read More