Emmett, Trayvon, Markeis, Kalief, Oscar, Tamir, Aiyana, Stephon, Botham, Sandra, Amadou, Eleanor, Terence, Philando, Alton, Walter, Sharmel, Miriam, Tony, Jordan, Rumain, Rekia, Laquan, Eric, Michael… … More “You are not gonna silence me.” -Senator Stephanie Flowers on racist Stand Your Ground “rights”
This Black woman onscreen had to buy her freedom to agency and complexity for a high price. That price was her child’s life. Such is depicted in a spate of films now depending upon a Black woman losing a child violently with no one held accountable. … More At the Movies, Mammies Make Way for Mourners
February 5, 2018, would have been Trayvon Martin’s 23rd birthday. … More Remembering Trayvon Martin…
“Critical study of womanhood, in all its complexities, is needed for today’s women who are still living through so many oppressions. Not that much has happened that we get to escape societal agreements about our sanity, our worth, our ability to contribute, our need for rest and to be protected and to protect and so on.” Dr. Sharony Green, on her work and book “Remember Me to Miss Louisa: Hidden Black-White Intimacies in Antebellum America” … More “Remember Me To Miss Louisa”: Q & A with author and historian Sharony Green
The women I want the world to start remembering forever are pictured here. Please click on their photos for more information about their lives and stories, as well as ongoing activism in their memories for this remainder of Black History Month. #SayHerName … More 10 Black Women Who Lost Their Lives to Violence
One way to move this tragedy and the deceased in it past public ephemera and into history is to forever connect the loss of their lives to a national symbolic act against domestic terrorism: the legally-mandated abolition of our Confederate flag, and civil prosecution of anyone who waves it. … More Little Rock Nine, Four Little Girls, and One Confederate Flag: A Retrospective
Racial profiling does not discriminate by gender…it’s time to tell our black girls the police may not be working for them. … More “We have to give our black girls “the Talk”- and it’s not about sex…”…my essay on the horrifying McKinney, Texas, injustice, on SheKnows.com…
The number of black women and girls who go missing without a manhunt or trace continues. I am grateful to share my fictionalization of the predicament of deprioritized black women and girls as the story “There Were Six” in Per Contra: An International Journal of The Arts, Literature and Ideas. I don’t presume to do justice to the realistic situation in a story, but please find some helpful links and resources included in this post. … More My story “There Were Six” appears in Per Contra: An International Journal of The Arts, Literature, and Ideas
Now that school is out, many children who are either neglected or part of low-budget households will forage for junk food and miss meals outside of a regular school lunch…No Kid Hungry Summer Action Day is June 22! … More What Happened to “Free Lunch” in the Summer?
I wrote about the many advantages I had as a child of a teen mom over at SheKnows.com. Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy! #Juwana #ILoveMyMom
… More Happy Mother’s Day!… My essay and tribute to my mom #Juwana and teen moms on SheKnows.com.