For me, the hardest part of watching the movie Selma was the first five minutes. It is the scene when the young girls, doing what young girls do in church, were blown up. I have thought of this scene multiple times prior to seeing the movie and just the thought of this scene was chilling, but Ava DuVernay captured it even more poignantly in the … Continue reading Since the Day I Was Born ….
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein It’s time to be a little direct. There is something wrong with the middle class. Politicians, theorists, and writers tell us time and time again, that the middle class is the social class that matters most. “Depending on the class model used, the middle class … Continue reading What’s With the Middle Class? (The Monday Fits)
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky There are areas in our life that giving and getting respect … Continue reading The Reciprocation of Respect or Lack of (The Monday Fits)
The events of Ferguson have a lot of people doing, saying, spewing all kinds of love, hate, and fear to each other in their homes, at work, and all over social media. These actions are fueled by life experiences that shape their perspective in one way or another. However, after seeing what some people choose to share, I’m realizing sometimes the quote, “Your perception is your … Continue reading Denying That We Have a Race Problem is Un-American (The Monday Fits)
Over the past week, a lot of people have been talking about the jokes (although he wasn’t joking at all) that Hannibal Burress said about Bill Cosby, calling him a flat out rapist. Now, I don’t know if it’s my age (28), or the lack of coverage on the subject, I can honestly say I was unaware of the accusations, let alone that there were … Continue reading The Monday Fits: Episode 1
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do – Andrew Carnegie When I started to write this post, I knew I wanted to talk about Ebola, because it’s all over the news and I have an opinion about everything… but the more and more I thought about the topic, I just became frustrated and really didn’t … Continue reading We Need to Pay Attention
“Okay, I promise I’m not a feminist. Well, I mean I am a feminist based on the definition, but I don’t want to be called a feminist, because I’m not a man hating, over-sexed, abortion pushing, I need my birth control free kind of woman,” – For starters, feminism has never been about any of those things, and if you think it is, just stop … Continue reading FLAWED: Society’s Critique on Beyonce and Feminism
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway Everyone is born with a perspective. The list of variables that affect our perspective is endless, from our parents, lack of parents, social status, race, religion, educational opportunity, etc. These variables shape us to bond with people of similar backgrounds, and every now and then we … Continue reading America – What is our Problem?
There’s a saying “there’s nothing new under the sun”, yet, in terms of justice, we think the game has changed, or better yet, we believe the lies: You can make a difference on Facebook, IG, Twitter, or from any social outlet. The Black American story is rich in oppression, conflict, and overcoming all obstacles, but lately it feels as if our generation is quickly believing … Continue reading Listen Up Young Black People, Social Media Is Not the ONLY Answer!
By now, the news cycle has almost already forgotten the uproar from the comments released by the media from the billionaire, Donald Sterling, and many in this post-racial America wouldn’t have it any other way. What I found most unnerving about the whole Donald Sterling situation were the comments from a segment of “post-racial” America that we live in; who either sympathized with Mr. Sterling’s … Continue reading Should we care about Mr. Sterling’s Rights? A Question for “Post-Racial” America