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…?

Zora Neale Hurston

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

*Writing in Community*

Context: I’m in a writing group with another McNair scholar and a professor. We meet weekly. I wanted to take a moment and write some of my thoughts down as it concerns this writing group. I’m glad that we’re doing this, however, presently, I find myself a bit anxious…nervous? Not sure why, but I’m feeling…

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,…