Check Mate

In my Rough Drafts & Hard Times piece, one of my homies noticed something was off. I mentioned the deaths that were in the news, but when it came to the suicides, I wrote about the reactions of others. Knowing how I feel about the topic, he realized that I skipped a few steps. He... Continue Reading →

Rough Drafts & Hard Times

I took a crazy break. It was not by choice, things just happened and it was hard to get back into my groove. In between my last piece and now, I have rough drafts all over the place. As I was going through them I realized nothing was positive, except for one. I just had... Continue Reading →

my tattoo

Last Friday I had a meet-up with a cohort of undergraduates for an academic program. In the meet-up we talked about personal and professional goals, priorities, problems and a little bit about politics. The purpose of the meet-up was to create community through face-to-face dialogue. We found out that we have a lot in common.... Continue Reading →

Kalief, Everything is Broken

"I was broken in body, soul and spirit.” --Frederick Douglass on being conditioned into a slave. The Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass They broke him. His name is Kalief Browder. The teenager who defended his innocence of stealing a backpack. Browder wasn’t going to cop a plea for something he didn’t do. His integrity... Continue Reading →

Simone and Suicide

Saturday morning, I awoke to the news of GRL singer, Simone Battle, 25, dying from suicide.  Posts of her character, her talent and her beauty were all over social media. I was reluctant to write about it because there was news that the cause of her death was not confirmed as a suicide. In a time where misinformation... Continue Reading →

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