I just found this. I think it was on my first blog too. Wow. It's an interesting look back. This was written a decade ago. I was on my first vacation abroad alone in Belize. To see that woman through the eyes of the woman I am today. Married Expat still fighting the same fears, … Continue reading 8.4.05 Belize
Prince died. I don’t even know what that means. I walked in the door and Ben was there, hugged me and I started weeping. Prince is wrapped up in my burgeoning sexuality, concepts of love and romance, friendship, commitment, weirdness, boldness, confidence, blackness, integrity...plus a lot of stuff I don’t even know. Mommy started … Continue reading Prince Died
I've been mad since 2012 when it was announced that Zoe Saldana was playing you and I saw the pictures of 'you' in blackface. Oh miss Nina, I'm so sorry they did that to you. Those of us who know, who you taught through your life and your music are heartbroken. I have no real … Continue reading Nina, girl, I know
Here's my business proposal that I wrote for a class (Cultural Criticism) in the early aughts. Ironically enough, I was totally onto something and should have searched out a VC company for it. BTW, DON'T STEAL MY IDEA, I'll gladly sell it. In the late 21st century the marketing arena changed from a capital based … Continue reading Cult of Personality, Inc
12 Movements: Ask your Mama [I didn’t take out my notebook until after what would have been an intermission, so about halfway through. We’d had a few drinks while watching Liverpool beat the stuffing out of Man City so we were on top of the world. This is what I scribbled in my notebook.] Ice-T … Continue reading Saturday, I really saw Ice T at the Barbican
Source: Nothing But a Man: The Understated Genius of Ivan Dixon | NewBlackMan (in Exile)
In my unemployed, I guess I’d be called a housewife; only I’m not necessarily cleaning or cooking. I’m washing hella dishes and not averse to putting a load of clothes in the machine. But mostly I’m applying for jobs, trying not to beat myself up for not becoming an investment banker and having a soul, … Continue reading Why is Judge Judy on in England so much?
Yesterday I an older lady was rushing to get to the bathroom. She went in right before me. Then I heard, from her stall, her EXPLODE then the sound of utter relief. Like panting relief. I wanted to say, "Good Girl!" because I know that there was a moment, a real moment, that she didn't think … Continue reading TMI #1
“Who chooses black women first and wins?” — Esther Armah
“Video helps us scan events; film expresses a worldview.” — a very beloved professor of mine
My friend and I were stopped by the police while sitting in his car, edge of Brooklyn, last hours of June. Their car confronted ours, lights flashing and all. I cursed and immediately got into a look calm, no sudden movements pose. Irritated and mildly resigned and probably really scared. I let him answer all the questions. What are you guys doing here? Where are you from? You don’t have anything in the car do you? I just stayed silent.
It was over as quickly as it started. We pulled off, minutes later, in search of milkshakes. We both tried to act like we weren’t scared, but I know the deal. Even if nothing “happened” to us, the climate right now is one of terror. I haven’t…
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Today some crazy racist terrorist went into a Black church, prayed with some people then shot them. That's real. In a state with no hate crime laws. That's real. Will they fly their Confederate flag at half-mast? Real question. So let's put this silly bitch to bed. I'd written it a few days ago for this website, … Continue reading My $.64 on that lady that needn’t be named