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.

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The song, “Special Education,” featuring Goodie Mob, Janelle Monáe, and CeeLo Green gives us hip-hop at the intersections of dis/ability and Blackness. This jam is so slept on!

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.

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Janelle Monáe and her jam “Electric Lady”! This video is basically a shoutout to HBCUs everywhere!

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…