I know I just posted last night, but I just had to post again, because I saw some of the BET “Black Girls Rock” last night, and what I saw DID NOT Embarrass the Race!!! Y’all know how BET usually gets down, but I was so happy and relieved. I say I saw “some” because […]
Yesterday, I taught Franz Kafka’s short story, “A Hunger Artist” to my Beginning Creative Writing class. It was deep, to say the least. So deep that it sent me into some kind of weird tailspin of contemplating my place in the world as a poet, writer and human being and I think that’s why I’m […]
They did that Sister horribly, but I can’t say I’m surprised. I looked at my watch and discovered, it was right about time for a Sister to get thrown under the bus—again.
My solution to the current Black-on-Black dating situation facing Black women is to encourage Sisters to stop worrying about Black men, and start tending to their own self-esteem. I mean, we’ve tried everything else, like throwing our pride to the side–at this point what do we Sisters have to lose by celebrating ourselves FIRST?
Many of us sisters say that we want a Black man who’s a feminist or womanist, who is progressive when it comes to gender roles, but really, we only want to pick and choose which parts of feminism or womanism that we want.
I didn’t find out until a few days ago that in addition to April being National Poetry Month, it is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is an issue that has been close to my heart for a long time: I am a survivor of sexual assault. I never intended to discuss this on my […]
I was talking to my mother this morning about finally being a grown woman, and how long it has taken me to come to this moment. It all started from my talking about the new grown woman poems that I am writing and that led me to talking about a brother I was feeling, strong. […]
From time to time, I’ll ask fabulous people to write guest blogs for me, since I know sometimes y’all will get tired of just me. (I gotta keep you guessing; I’ve found that out!) This is my first guest blog, and I’m really excited about it, since Gina Athena Ulysse, the sister that agreed to […]
The notion that black women should never occupy an uppity space means that she must feel responsible for saving the community in which she was raised; she must never get above that community, even if she hurts herself in the process.
Before you read any further, I should remind you that I am a womanist/black feminist. And for all you people who think that a “womanist” is something else than a “black feminist,” please read your copy of Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens. As a womanist/feminist, and thus, someone who believes in the […]