Race and Racial Identity: Is There Room For Everyone? (Part I)

"This town ain't big enough for the both of us." - The Western Code Nicki Minaj is currently allegedly feuding with Taylor Swift over the nominations for Best Music Video of the Year. According to Minaj, who was not nominated, "If your video celebrates women with slim bodies, you will be nominated for Video of …

My “Cosby” Story: A Glimpse Inside the Mind of One Sexually Assaulted Girl

When the news first broke about Bill Cosby and the numerous alleged sexual assaults, like most of you, I read different posts and articles yet could not figure out what or even who I believed. At first, I did find it strange that so many women waited so long to speak out against Cosby. Why …

Untangle Yourself.

Slaves to the mind, trapped back in time Freedom seems to be confused with nickels and dimes Success nothing more than a borrowed image Satiated by perverted perspectives Chained to rusty bars of mental prisons Fighting for the chance to realize destiny While clothed in costumes of hijacked dreams Stolen language, borrowed frames Walking in …

Picture Perfect Puzzle Pieces: A Story

"Most people think happiness is about gaining something, but it's not. It's all about getting rid of the darkness you've accumulated." - Jo Oz @ozlifeadvice I posted this quote a few weeks ago, but I had to revisit it because it presents such a different perspective on happiness as we know it. Let me begin …

Do Good and Be Good.

Headphones in. I was feeling good. Honestly, I was just focused on getting to the conference room inside the hospital to set up for my workshop. The only thing separating me from achieving my goal was a steep hill and a much older man slowly struggling to walk up the hilly entrance to get to what …

Racism in Fifty Words

Dreaming. Walking. Running. Falling. Running. Dreaming. Then, I feel the bump as race steps into me; the blood dripping as race clips my heel, but not my wings. Back on track, l learned that I must run both looking to the left and the right... and always over my shoulder. *** Race is still a factor in people's interactions throughout the world. These …

On the Other Side of Fear

It was about 11 o'clock at night and I had just landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. I was on the second leg of a three stop journey - Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego. Being my first time visiting Arizona, and not knowing when or if I would return, I somehow thought it would be …