We Need to Talk About the 200 Year Head Start!

Sure, slavery was abolished in 1865 (155 years ago) and segregation was deemed illegal in 1964 (66 years ago). That means my mom and my grandma’s American Dream was a nightmare. For some reason our simple-minded government that after segregation was abolished that it would fix 200 years of slavery, racism, redlining, and all in…

No Fracking Way

Fracking wasn’t around years ago or we didn’t really know about it. Truth is, we don’t really know much about it now either. It’s just drilling into the Earth for oil, it’s quite frankly, The American Way. I guess wealth is measured in oil. When do we take a look at the planet and say,…

Zoom Has Blurred Life/Work Balance

On average since the pandemic I’ve had about a Zoom call a day and that doesn’t even take in account that I still have a full-time job. At first Zoom was the perfect way to make us closer to each other but six months in I find myself not wanting to go to any of…

The A Word

I am an awkward black girl and I don’t apologize for it. My heart races every time I speak in public. I have to stop myself from trying to appease everyone and I have routines that I hate to break but sometimes have to and it frustrates me. “You’re not awkward if you’re self-aware.” I’ve…

Black Men Deserve All the Love

I don’t know who made the strong black stereotype but it needs to be tossed out the window ASAP. Therapy in the black community in general is frowned upon and it’s taking a toll on the black community. We won’t even start on how systematic racism created mass incarceration in the community but let’s just…

Your Misogyny is Showing

Aye! I loved the video for Cardi B and Meg thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The song isn’t my cup of tea but I applaud these young women for taking control of their own sexuality in and industry that over-sexualizes and demeans women on so many levels. In high school I did my senior project on how…

Learner’s Permit: Police Relations in the Black Community

I’m a millennial mayor. In fact, I’m the youngest millennial mayor in Braddock’s history. As a mayor, I get to break ties when the six person council can’t decide, make recommendations on projects and programs, bridge the communication gap between community and council, and last but not least I oversee a police department. This includes…

Hunger for Words: Thank Your Local Library

I am forever grateful for my local library as it is/was the pinnacle of the neighborhood. I took journeys near and far thanks to the knowledge planted, watered, and harvested. My mom worked so at one point I was a latch key kid. I enjoyed the free meals the library provided, fostered friendships, and before…

It’s Okay to Repair Your Own Boat

Being selfish vs selfless; you have to draw a line or you will drown trying. For the last two-ish years, I’ve been on a super self-aware journey. Being a writer forces me to embrace that I’m goofy, it’s a personality trait but also it forces me to be real with myself. When I write reality…