Birth of a Nation

I reject the liberal notion that in today’s fraught climate we have much more in common with those who are across the political aisle than we don’t. I am a Black female feminist  from an immigrant family. I have nothingRead the Rest »

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An Open Letter to O’Shea Jackson (Ice Cube)

June 23, 2017 Dear Brother, I must start off by praising you for the longevity of your marriage and your beautiful children, one of whom you proudly introduced to the world when he portrayed you on film in 2015. IRead the Rest »

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Not That Kind of Person: Black Women and Suicide

In one of my favorite Superman movies, the superhero (played by the hunky Christopher Reeve) catches Lois Lane (the doe-eyed Margot Kidder) before she plunges stories to her death.  “You’ve got me,” Lois says, wild-eyed and incredulous, “you’ve got meRead the Rest »

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The Morning After

I went to bed around 2:30 a.m. the morning after the presidential election, November 9, 2016. Although a part of me had anticipated the election of a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic internet troll as president of the United States of America, anotherRead the Rest »

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Is the Presidency of the United States an Unsuitable Job for a Woman?

In the PBS TV series, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, the protagonist, Cordelia Gray, runs a detective agency solo after the death of her partner. A former secretary, she is wracked by self-doubt as she navigates her way throughRead the Rest »

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Olympics: Just for Americans Or for Everyone?

  Okay beloved community.  It is no secret that I love the Olympics. No IOC corruption, poor sportsmanship and NBC Olympic coverage that is really Americans do the Olympics can dampen my enthusiasm. On the weekdays of this mammoth meetRead the Rest »

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Russia from My Window Redux

The sight of Khizr and Ghazala Khan on the stage at the Democratic convention last week will be forever seared in my mind. When Mr. Khan whipped from his breast pocket a dog-eared copy of the Constitution, questioned whether the RepublicanRead the Rest »

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Farewell to the Black Adonis

I first became acquainted with the true impact of Muhammad Ali about 20 years ago when I reviewed a one-man play about his life for NAACP’S The Crisis magazine. As a woman raised in a patriarchal household in a countryRead the Rest »

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A Mother’s Day Reflection: On Love and Loss

The last two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day have been like fingernails on a blackboard for me. I have endured the barrage of cheerful images of little tots holding their mothers’ hands as they gaze lovingly at them, remorsefulRead the Rest »

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Maya Angelou: Once Mute, Now a Voice for All Time

I first met Maya Angelou as a college student at Tufts University in Medford, MA.  After her free-wheeling and often theatrical presentation to a room full of awestruck young peopole, I shyly approached her to talk to her about theRead the Rest »

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