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 […]

It has been a while since I’ve been inspired to post. It is not because of lack of stories on #whyracestillmatters but more about the emotional burden that overwhelms me every time I hear about how our lives don’t matter. We have been reminded of this time and time again, even by the highest court […]

I haven’t been the only one since I can remember. Even when my parents moved from Newark to South Orange, NJ my best friend (the only other brown girl in my first grade class) was my ally. There’s a comfort in numbers, and an unexplained understanding. As I matriculated through SOMW School District the numbers […]

While driving home with my daughter late one night over the holidays, we were stopped by a police officer. My daughter had fallen asleep while driving, but was awakened by the lights and sirens of the police car. She immediately became scared and started sobbing in the back seat. I assured her as best I could, […]