qotw: lessons from the land

“when you pull something in nature the rest of the world is connected.” Since the only Christophers we acknowledge are Wallace and Rios. I decided today’s quote would come from Judy Dow, an educator, activist and Abenaki (pronounced Wa-ba-naki) basket maker from Vermont. In “Lessons from the Land” Dow discusses the Vermont eugenics projects of... Continue Reading →

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qotw: the light and the darkness

“maybe dawn is not in the sunlight every morning, maybe it is in the middle of the night when you hold yourself against the darkness. you are sitting quietly and feeling yourself break apart yet knowing this hour, this very hour, you are finding yourself. maybe this is your dawn. maybe for you, the first... Continue Reading →

qotw: burying bodies

And they have haunted my heart, thoughts and soul...until one day, they decided to make a deal with me. They would stop on two conditions: 1) I forgave myself for the burials of the past 2) Never be silent again. We made a deal. Every once in a while one would resurrect, but never for... Continue Reading →

qotw: a lil resilience

I had an application rejected last week, and the person who encouraged me to pursue the endeavor was pissed. As for me, I thought nothing of it.  I'm so used to rejection, I just threw it in the pile knowing there will be other opportunities. As long as the sun rises and there is air... Continue Reading →

A Race of Babies

As soon as I saw its cover, I knew I had to read it: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas...when the first part of my muse’s most recognized tattoo is spelled out on a book—it was a no-brainer. I opened the novel and I met a complicated Black teenager named Starr and entered her... Continue Reading →

qotw: no goodbyes

The meaning of this quote really hit home when I went to a memorial service where the person's body was not present. The creative things she made throughout her life lined the walls  as stories about her were shared along with a slide show of her and her family and friends. We celebrated her life... Continue Reading →

qotw: Like Beyoncé

  This quote  by G. K. Nielson reminds me of a Virgo who was born 36 years ago: Beyoncé! I have huge admiration for Beyoncé’s work ethic. The mega star that Beyonce is today did not happen only because of her beauty or dancing or who her husband is. None of these guarantee success or staying... Continue Reading →

Write on Time: Part 3

Although this is my last piece inspired by 4:44, the topics I will address have been on my mind for a long time. For example, one idea was another spin off of “Never Change 2.1,” that focused on Hova’s lyrics about his wife, daughter and mother, but I put it on the backburner in another... Continue Reading →

Write on Time: Part 2

Kept inside, the pain is poison, but when artists, especially Black artists, let it out, its genius. But genius is not a typical state with normal expectations; it’s acceptable for a genius to act (or actually be) crazy. In fact we often want that in our Black artists. We expect them to be crazy, love... Continue Reading →

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