Here are a few snippets of the ugly side of privilege…

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This is a post about microaggressions. Except I hate calling them that, much for the same reason that people hate the term “alt-right.” I’d rather call these things what they are…some b***s***. My name is Portia. And for reasons that I sometimes understand (but mostly don’t), people have a hell of a time pronouncing my […]

Recently, the jury charged with determining the fate of Michael Slager was hung. Slager is the police officer accused of shooting Walter Scott in cold blood and planting a taser by his body after he ran from a traffic stop. Faced with unequivocal video evidence, the members of the jury – 11 white and one […]

Over two-and-a-half years ago I wrote a post that involved a dog, a coonhound. At the time it was probably one of the most trivial, train-of-thought things I had ever written (this includes a brief stint at diary writing in elementary school). (Un)surprisingly, this random post about a casual conversation is (by far) the most read post […]

Every once in awhile I am blessed to experience magical moments. This summer I am grateful to have experienced three of those moments so far. When Yas text me about an event, Art & Social Justice on Broadway, I was sold at the title. I am generally interested in these topics, so I needed very […]

Alton Sterling. The latest trending name of a victim of lethal police violence. The convenience store. A staple fixture in many neighborhoods. The all-too-common opening scene for a tragic spiral of events that ends in unnecessary death: Kajieme Powell,¬†Shawn Henry Allen Dickens, Joshua Grubb, Akiel Denkins, and so many more. The body camera. The faux […]

Every Memorial Day my daughter and mother go to a camp in the mountains to partake in nature and its attendant outdoor activities. Knowing that I’d get cool mom bonus points forever if I go, I decided to go meet them up there this year. Had I not, my writing drought may have continued. My […]