Do I do that? 6

I don’t want to be: A bitch A witch A person with a chip on my shoulder The person who steers an event from positive to negative The words that rain on the parade Catty just to be catty Negative just to be negative Exclusionary An obstacle or block The […]

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Beauty Role Models – look around 2

Sorrow and incredulity rose in me as I watched a discussion recently on a local television show whose  panelists discussed a lack of role models for them as Black (and one Latino) women and then dissected the role models they mentioned.  They were discussing actors and singers as visual role […]


The Orange Pantsuit a tale of mentorship 18

Like many young adults, I was enthusiastic, energetic, and  naive.  So I went to my new job at the local public television station, all of 20 years old, in a bright orange, double-knit, bell-bottomed pantsuit.  I was looking  fly (sometimes you just know this about yourself). Mr. D, a plain-spoken, […]

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Defining Blackness – Beyonce, Jamelia & Candelaria 2

Note: I posted this piece in 2009.  It bears repeating because of the recent brouhaha over Beyonce’s blackness.  It has never been in question for me. I loved the spoof about this on Saturday Night Live (see video at end of this post)  and I loved the rebuttal by recording […]


Domestic Situation poem & Poetry Out Loud 2

Some people have a “graveyard” love.  I heard this phrase in my youth and it stuck with me.  It was recounted in a story I read about a couple who couldn’t get along but wouldn’t leave each other alone.  There was violence as a result. The phrase recently came to […]


Did you already have your quiet? 4

A quiet moment.  Did you already have your quiet moment, month, year or decade? Did you recognize the peace, the calm, and incident-free period when it occurred? Did you feel it – fully? Did you congratulate yourself that your efforts were keeping everything in check?  Did you think, “That’s just […]