Beauty Role Models – look around

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 […]

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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, […]


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 […]


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If it’s the thought that counts 2

If it’s the thought that counts, have the right thought.  Act like you know.  Act like you know me;  who I am, what I like, and how I roll. If it’s the thought that counts, how could you think that of me? I mean really.  Do you see who I […]