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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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Review of BaddDDD SONIA SANCHEZ

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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ADIFF’s A Taste of Our Land and the New Colonization of Africa

I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton or her husband. I know too much about the harm they’ve repeatedly brought to Haiti. But even the Devil tells the truth sometimes.  Several years ago, in 2011, then U.S. Secretary of State … Continue reading

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Review of Walter Mosley’s Killing Johnny Fry

An origins story: As a college student I majored in Comparative Literature. It wasn’t until the very last year of my four-year tenure that I came to know that black women writers existed around the world when a black woman … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo

It strikes me as truly tragic when someone who is doing extraordinary things in the world only  becomes widely known when something tragic happens.  One such tragedy is that of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo, a young, beautiful Ugandan woman. The youth … Continue reading

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We Are the Earth Body

While taking a walk in my favorite park a few days ago I listened to the ecophilosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy being interviewed by Tammy Simon on Sounds True podcast. Of the many gems that Macy dropped, one that … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s The Color of Water

While I’d love to say James McBride strikes again with The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother (2006), the truth is that I’m just really late to the party. If you’ve been following this blog … Continue reading

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