Free Enterprise: day 1

After finding out that I wouldn’t be making the trip to University of Cambridge, I was extremely down. Like, in the nothing ever works out, hurmph, I’ma just subsist off of chips and cheesecake kind of down. You know what I’m talking about. I mean, it was as though I’d had my dreams dashed, my…

Why I Divorced My Abusive Mother and Why it’s Okay

With both hands, I take one corner each and shake out the blanket to its full length so I can cover my chilled skin. For no reason at all — other than my Ancestors’ will be done — the blanket smells like my grandma. I wonder if it smells like her grandma, too? Would the scent be familiar to any of them…?

RIP Dr. Ronald E. McNair

January 28, 2016 marked the 30 year anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. As a member of the 2015 cohort of Portland Sate University McNair Scholars, I think of Dr. Ronald E. McNair often; a legacy that I take very seriously. One of my favorite facts about him was that he took his saxophone…

Alexis Pauline Gumbs on Audre Lorde

“The future deserves a present where our truths were spoken.” -Alexis Pauline Gumbs, on Audre Lorde Collage, featuring Audre Lorde, created by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.

Zora Neale Hurston

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

Legalize Black People

I haven’t written in awhile because I’ve been so stunned into silence with the recent news of the ongoing assaults on Black lives. Thus, making it very difficult for me to find something worth celebrating as we find ourselves in the wake of President Obama’s marriage equality announcement. Just when I was beginning to unthaw,…

Audre Lorde

“and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid. so it is better to speak remembering we were never meant to survive.” Quote from Audre Lorde’s poem, “Litany for Survival,” found in her book, The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde.

Assata Shakur

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and protect each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” From her book, Assata: An Autobiography.

Chief Luisah Teish

“I am able to gather the bits and pieces of my experience and weave for you a web, representative of the winding path I followed to arrive at this place. To you it seems comprehensive. But you must know there was a time when I had no idea who I was becoming…” Luisah Teish is…