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Celebrating True Love: Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Frederick Douglass

This past Sunday was Valentine’s Day, celebrated far and wide by millions of people, or at least hundreds of thousands. But what many do not remember is that February 14th is also the chosen birthday of the great abolitionist and … Continue reading

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Review of Men Sa Lanme Di by Arnold Antonin

Men Sa Lanme Di (Ainsi Parla la Mer) (So Spoke the Sea), a short by the wonderful Arnold Antonin, is a meditation on and by Mother Ocean. The title echoes that of the celebrated noiriste, Jean Price Mars’ ethnographic study, … Continue reading

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Remember Our Power: An Inspired Nudge from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A few weeks ago I wrote about the magnificence of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “Mother of Invention.” I’ve also been reading Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body is Not an Apology, which I mentioned in a post a few weeks before … Continue reading

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The People’s Inauguration is Live!

From The People’s Inauguration Website America is in transition—will we birth a multiracial democracy where every person is safe and free? The answer lies with us. Valarie Kaur, renowned civil rights activist, author, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, … Continue reading

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And Still We Rise!: Amanda Gorman and the People’s Inauguration

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, read her “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Dr. Joseph Biden, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Now 22-years-old, West LA raised Gorman was named Youth Poet … Continue reading

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I’m Calling It! Person of the Year: Ms. Stacey Abrams!!

We’ve had a heck of a year—the dying dinosaur continues to roar.  But civilization, true civilization, forges ahead.  And Black women are leading the way.  Case in point: Ms. Stacey Abrams, a beacon of a civil democratic society in which … Continue reading

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Just in Case You Don’t Already Know The Truth…

Here are two eargasms for you!! Enjoy! I play these on repeat when I need to tap into the magnificence of living on the same Earth as these Masters!! Yaaaaaaaasssss!!!!! Walk beautifully! Toni

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Nnedi Okorafor’s “Mother in Invention” and the Power of Woman

*Illustration by Shyama Golden I have recently found two short stories that brought back some hard memories. They were both cathartic, gifting me with the ability to remember and, with a renewed conviction, reject the stories that I was told … Continue reading

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So, I’ve been taking guitar lessons for a little over a month. I’m a terrible student, easily moving from one Saturday to the next without so much as looking in the direction of my instrument, propped up in the living … Continue reading

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Trois Machetes Review

I mentioned last week that the Clintons have done some real harm in Haiti. In the name of transparency I will provide evidence of the most obvious and egregious ways that the pair has compounded Haitian suffering, rather than alleviate … Continue reading

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