Between Rage and Mourning

As my heart weeps for the unarmed man, a Black man who was shot 5 times in the back by a White police officer. One a father to be, and the other a father of four. How could this have escalated from a broken tail light? I don’t want to believe that a police officer…

To Thee I Will Sing: No Justice, No Peace. (2 of 4 postings)

November 29, 2014 – December 22, 2014.  (These are the start dates and finish dates for each essay in the “To Thee I Will Sing” essay series). Round two.  Examining “national and historic narratives of race.” In 1998, President Clinton developed a wide sweeping initiative to examine race related health disparities.   I am one of…

Triumph of Selma: Duvernay’s Cinematic Mastery of Blackness While Walking The Tight Wire of Whiteness

I saw the explosive, powerful, and touching movie, #Selma.   Selma is one of my all time favorite movies because of its touching portrayal of human complexity created within narrow psychological margins.  Selma also tries to correct the cinematic over-emphasis of the over-indulgence of seeing Black history through Black male experience. The movie recasts the lives of African Americans…

Why Are There No Black Women In The US Senate?

I recently read a fascinating article on the number of women in the United States Senate.  I was struck by the title of the article, The Secret History of Women in the Senate” and thought it should have been titled “The Secret History of White Women in the Senate.” Why are black women political voices so…

The Drip-Drip Method: I JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU MY FORGIVENESS -S1/E8

Previously on Episode 7: Miss Wilson tells ReeRee about ReeRee’s father, Becker.   This is what Miss Wilson said about the enslaved Black man that she loved–“I loved your father. You may never understand but having you near me all of these years has kept my love for him in my heart. I still remember…

The Drip Drip Method: Wheels of Life S1/EP6

Previously on Episode 5:  Tim got jumped by the group for attacking Bird’s son, Peter. The group let him go free, ReeRee shot him just to let him know she was not playing. They gave Tim $50 and they kept $150 as their endowment fund. ReeRee slowly counted the money as the others watched, 148, 149,…

Strange Fruit: N-Words and Buzz Sumo

The use of the N word is alive and well.  Using Buzz Sumo (http://buzzsumo.com/), a company that has developed an algorithm that uses bots to comb the net searching for relevant content.  The user inputs a search term and Buzz Sumo then tallies all of the mentions, video, posts, and comments across social media sites. …

The Drip-Drip Method: Called to Order S1/E1

The Drip-Drip Method is a period piece, starting circa 1859. The story follows the life events of strong African American women who were enslaved.  This show will examine this dreadful chaotic moment in history from the resistance and triumphant point of view of Blacks.  How did they survive?  What were their resistance strategies?  How did they organize themselves behind…

Race Based Traumatic Stress

The see-saw, existential experience of being Black in America continues to throw me up and down, to and fro…..like I am on a little tug boat on a stormy sea.  The recent events in #ferguson have shook me and I find it deeply disturbing that an African American unarmed teen could be shot and killed…

My Blackness Had Become A Usual Prism

My blackness had become a usual prism while my maleness sat on the sideline in its innocent slumber.  It was relatively easy to write about the anger and pain of racism relating to Ted Wafer.  Wafer was a white man who murdered Renisha McBride in late 2013.   She was a young African American woman who…