We Are Never Getting Back Together

“The light at the end of the tunnel”  “Together alone”  “Stay in your bubble” If I never hear some of these phrases again, I’ll be satisfied. After 2020 and 2021 I may not want to blow bubbles, ride in tunnels, or even hear High School Musical’s “We’re All in This Together.” The truth of the…

Empathy, Toxic Ships, and How America Creates its Own Villains

“Sometimes you gotta care for the Cain and sometimes you gotta care for the Abel.” Justdae One morning I woke up and that’s the only line I remembered from a dream and I woke up and jotted it down to dissect later. Growing up my mom didn’t force any kind of religion on us as…

Freedumb is Ringing: How Not to Respond to a Pandemic

The United States government has been attempting to respond to the pandemic since March and it doesn’t seem like we’re doing much of a job at getting a handle on the pandemic. Federally, it’s the wild wild west with little to no leadership. It’s almost like this administration doesn’t believe in pandemics, science, or even…

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…

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…

America, Are We Great Yet?

There is no argument that our federal government has handled the pandemic with gross incompetence from start to finish. It’s time for them to to stop pointing fingers and get to action. Also, don’t forget to vote as this election will matter. The administration (that shall not be named) announced that this was our 9/11 and I’m here to denounce that. At least 9/11 had actual leadership.