May 10, 2019

A Baltimore TV station has dismissed an anchor over what some have deemed a racist and sexist question that she posed regarding Black female mayors. In a WJZ -TV news segment about the resignation of local mayor, Catherine Pugh, Mary Bubala asked Loyola University Maryland professor Karsonya Wise Whitehead the following question: “We’ve had three female, African-American mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Is this a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed… Read more

May 7, 2019

I wanted to buy more salt for our home water softener because I had just used the last bag. Last week,* I planned to purchase 160 lbs. of it. Despite my recovering shoulder, wrist, back, and hip, I planned on lifting every pound into the shopping cart and into my vehicle. Even as I write and reflect, I shake my head at the ridiculousness of repeatedly lifting multiple 40 lb. bags in my condition. My mind and spirit are willing and… Read more

May 4, 2019

On Thursday, Facebook permanently banned individuals from its platform who were considered dangerous.  As a result of the social media giant’s effort to combat the spread of hate and violence through social media, the banned individuals included Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Laura Loomer, Paul Nehlen, and Milo Yiannopoulos. According to CNN, a Facebook spokesperson noted that the decision came as a result of a lengthy process. Factors included: Whether the person or organization has ever called… Read more

April 30, 2019

No one knows God. Not one person. If you think that you know everything there is to God, the Divine, or the Universe, then you most likely possess one of the qualities of a cult leader. Even Jesus mentioned that he was unaware about some things concerning God, like the date of his future return to bring either world-wide Christmas cheer or annihilation of all Christian foes with enough cinematic vengeance to make up for crappy apocalyptic Jesus films that… Read more

April 26, 2019

A principal of a high school in Texas sparked controversy after signing off on a dress code for parents and guests who visit the school. A letter, explaining the dress code, bans the following attire: “Jeans that are torn from your buttocks (behind) to all the way down showing lots of skin “Leggings that are showing your bottom and where your body is not covered from the front or back ” “Sagging pants, shorts, jeans” “Dresses that are up to your… Read more

April 23, 2019

As I stopped by a gas station, I noticed a Black youth standing outside the store. As I approached, I saw that the young man had buttons attached to his self-made display. He greeted me and asked if I wanted to buy one. “How much are they?” I asked. One button had caught my eye. He warmly responded,  “Whatever you want.” As we talked, I observed that he had special needs. After my purchase, we chatted more about the organization linked to… Read more

April 21, 2019

On Easter Sunday 2019, over 200 people have been killed and 450 wounded after deadly attacks on three churches and  luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Most of the lives claimed were from those attending Easter Sunday services* at the churches. At this time, we do not know all parties responsible for these terrorist attacks. We await to find out if these atrocities were the result of domestic or international plots. The attacks have prompted more people to look closely at… Read more

April 20, 2019

In a matter of four days, over a billion dollars from all around the world have been raised after news broke about the Notre Dame fire. Several of the wealthiest families in France have led the charge in donating millions of dollars to reconstruct the Notre Dame Cathedral. I value financially supporting sacred places, the arts, and the animals. I do not shame the wealthy for philanthropy. The fundraising in the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire presents a… Read more

April 16, 2019

I was on a walk on another balmy spring day at a park. Behold, instead of family photo shoots,  outdoor boot camps, and people playing with their dogs, a different activity was under way involving a couple of White patrons. The couple was practicing  yoga, but this was not just any kind of yoga. They were practicing acroyoga—the stuff I see in print and digital magazines and think, “Amazing. There are spiritual ways for me to physically injure myself.” Ah,… Read more

April 13, 2019

Whenever two or more Black people are gathered, ISIS is in the midst.  Well, at least this possibly racist and islamophobic logic made sense to certain United States  government offices. A report by the Intercept revealed that the activism surrounding the protests (and riots) in Ferguson and Baltimore drew concern of the FBI and Department of Homeland security. These government agencies allegedly feared that Black protesters would join ISIS. I have written elsewhere that activism is not the same as… Read more

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