Steps to Being Woke in America

I highly recommend checking out the 60’s classic, Soul on Ice. The book holds several essays written by then prison inmate, Eldridge Cleaver. Later becoming an early and prominent member of the Black Panther Party, I knew his book was a must-read. I added it to my graduation list but happened to find it first in…

Keeping The Movement Alive Keeps Us Alive

I’ve heard countless complaints about demonstrations and protests, especially since the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Some call these outward expressions of distress, stemming from distrust surrounding community officials and “the system” as a whole, unnecessary. A friend of mine went as far to argue that ordinary Blacks don’t want anything to do…

Today’s House Negro

Rereading one of many Malcolm X speeches while on my way to Brooklyn, my memory was flooded with lines from what was once my favorite poem, “I, Too Sing America” written by the incredible Langston Hughes. I find my thoughts wander and race most freely when riding through the dark tunnels of the subway. With almost…

L.O.C In That Moisture

In my most recent post, I shared one of my favorite methods for retaining moisture that will last for days. Well, the L.O.C method goes hand in hand with pre-pooing. I’ve been pre-pooing for four months and using the L.O.C method for two. In those two months, my 4c hair has reached maximum moisture without…

Akai Gurley

As I typed “Akai Gurley” into my search bar, “Akai Gurley criminal record” appeared as a suggested search. My blood boiled. A man is dead. A son, lover, and father of two is gone. There was no arrest, intention to arrest, reason for arrest, or even exchanged words between Gurley and the officer whose bullet…

Pre-Pooing Saved My Hair

I have 4c type hair. You know (or maybe you don’t), the drier, kinkier and by far the most underrepresented hair type. Although, the latter is a topic for another time. Don’t take these descriptions as my assessment of the maximum potential of 4c hair. Far from it. Our hair  may take a little more…

Afeni Shakur: The Immortalized Actvist

Afeni Shakur is most famously known as the mother of Hip Hop Legend, Tupac Shakur. Less than a week before Mother’s Day, let’s recognize the strength and resilience of a mother. Still, like all mothers, Afeni Shakur lived first as a childless woman with her own story before motherhood. She was much more than the…