Surviving Ourselves: the Aftermath of the R. Kelly Docuseries

Like millions of other people in this nation, I was riveted by the six-part documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly.  It forces us, particularly as Black women, to examine our own lives, and to come to terms with how we promulgate misogyny.Read the Rest »

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Atlanta Journal

You forget you’re in the South when you’re in Atlanta. Until you end up in an Uber on the back roads leading from the city to one of the new suburban enclaves. Then you hold your breath as your otherwiseRead the Rest »

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The Freaks Come Out at Night

The freaks come out at night The freaks come out at night The freaks come out at night (the freaks come out) The freaks come out at night—Whodini In the 1987-1990 TV show Beauty and the Beast, the part-animal part-humanRead the Rest »

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A Sexual Assault Survivor Gets Angry

In Massachusetts, sexual assault is defined as any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. The unwanted sex act is one that is forced upon someone, whether it is penetration orRead the Rest »

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With the Immigration Debacle, I Ask: Collaborator or Member of the Resistance—Which One Are You?

Several years ago, a TV ad that featured a young white boy abandoned by his mother in a train station caused worldwide condemnation. The stunt was for an anti-smoking campaign calling attention to the children left behind by deceased smokers.Read the Rest »

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Lowering the Bar on Barr

Roseanne Barr should not have been sacked for her racially prejudiced tweet yesterday. Her firing now makes her a martyr in Trumpville, and there will be repercussions—more micro-aggressions and outright violence—meted out on people who the resident of the WhiteRead the Rest »

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An Open Letter to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex

Dear Her Royal Highness Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, I have been following your whirlwind romance with England’s Prince Harry since your relationship went public last year. I admire your humanitarian work. I admire the steps that you took toRead the Rest »

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Nomzamo Means Trial: Remembering Winnie Mandela

I celebrate the life of Nomzamo Winnie Mandela, Sep 26, 1936 – Apr 02, 2018 . I once wrote a piece about her called “Nomzamo Means Trial,” because that is exactly what her life had been from the time sheRead the Rest »

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They Just Don’t Get It: the Sexual Harassment/Inappropriateness Epidemic in Real Time

When I really want to see a movie, I go to the screening first, and then read the reviews after. Recently I was stunned to see a line in a review of The Shape of Water by Dani Di Placido,Read the Rest »

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Barbados for the Geographically Challenged Jamerican Couch Potato

Once upon a time Barbados was the destination of choice for slavers peddling in human cargo. Africans shipped to Barbados for exploitation were seen to be malleable, even docile, according to local lore.  Jamaican lore boasts the complete opposite:  TheRead the Rest »

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