The Different Faces of Terror

When a non-POC (Person of Color) is behind a mass, horrific act, the conversation throughout the nation and social media turns to mental health.  “What are the early signs?” “How can we get these people help before they turn to violence?” These terrorists, or, “suspects” according to the media, seem to always be nice, quiet…

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…

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…

Vote. Vote. Vote. 

1. Your vote DOES count. Politicians wouldn’t work so hard, lie, and change their message for different crowds if your vote didn’t matter. 2. Primaries DO matter. The little guy/gal you like won’t make it to the general election if you don’t vote to get them there. Even if you like the big and popular…

I Didn’t Appreciate Prince Until He Was Gone

“Gone too soon,” they say. “No one appreciates them until they’re gone,” they say. “I didn’t appreciate him until he was gone,” I now say. When one of my idols passed, I remember being especially annoyed that people suddenly seemed to care. That all the love absent during life was suddenly flowing in after death….

Can I be a Boy Today?

gender Gender-fluid: noting or relating to a person whose gender identity or gender expression is not fixed and shifts over time or depending on the situation. (dictionary.com) What makes a color feminine or masculine? How heavily do we rely on our conditioning and stereotypes to define gender? Does reality build our stereotypes or do stereotypes build our…