The Refugees Who Came for Thanksgiving

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance – present and historical. Presently, I hope over this holiday [Read More...]

“Dads Don’t Babysit!” When Black Fathers Love in the Midst of Injustice

A photo of Cbabi Bayoc’s half-finished painting R.I.P. SON © Cbabi Bayoc, 2014]

Just over a year ago, under a midnight sky, African American artist Cbabi Bayoc stood alone, painting at the cross-section of Canfield Drive and West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, not far from where police officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African American male, just a few weeks earlier on August [Read More...]

#WhenSandySpeaks: “There is Something Out There That We Can Do”


Do you recognize Sandra Annette Bland? Do you see yourself when you look at the face of this 28-year-old black woman, this young adult who died in a police cell on July 13, 2105? Do you see your daughter, your baby girl, your smart, beautiful baby girl, your baby girl? Do you see your sister, [Read More...]