Vacation Reading List

I am getting married on Thursday. Then, I’m resting on Friday. Then, Saturday is New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day is a day I typically use to contemplate my plans for the new year and clear my spiritual palate. So I won’t be blogging on any of these days. I’m done blogging for the week […]

I Have a Book!

Before I was a blogger, I was a poet. Or I should say before I am a blogger, I am a poet. The first creative thing I ever wrote was a poem, back in fourth grade. In 2005, I started a project: I decided to turn one of my favorite poetry collections of all time–Sylvia […]

#PrayerforOrlando

In the wee¬†hours this morning, when those of us intrepid enough to get out and party are winding down, closing out our bar tabs and deciding where we’re going to go for pancakes and eggs–gossiping and laughing about the night’s festivities and fuckery–Omar Mateen invaded the Pulse nightclub in Orland, FL and opened fire. He […]

I Don’t Think So

When I was in grad school at University of Chicago, my brilliant friend Summer used to always talk about writing a paper on the ways in which California is represented in black literature. Her thesis was something along the lines that race plays out more uniquely in California than it does in the northern and […]

I’m Not Going

So I saw a post this morning on Tumblr about Krystal Lake, a black Home Depot employee in Staten Island that wore a cap embroidered with the saying “America Was Never Great” to work, in obvious protest of Trump’s presidential candidacy. The cap created a stupid-ass social media firestorm, naturally, and that, of course, aggravated […]

Who You Calling A ‘Queen’?

So, thinking about the title I would give my politic–feminist or nah–has gotten me thinking about another title that’s circulating in black culture these days. “Queen.” I don’t get called “queen” very often, but when I do, I notice it’s in very specific situations. Before or after I read poetry in an artistic venue . […]

On Black Privilege

So a few weeks ago, a friend of mine–T–invited me to join a secret Facebook group of “cool” Cleveland women. I accepted the invitation and immediately my feed was flooded with all sorts of posts. I enjoyed most of the ones I read, though I must say, I’m not a big cat person, and I’m […]