Hallow Freedom

Within the heart there is a little flame. Some call it desire, while others call it pain. It rushes in and claims a being. Whimpering eyes, freedom is bleeding.   And this my wanting, frail and done. Claiming wholeness, one by one. Searching for the smallest things. Wondering how I found these rings.   But…

My Top Blog Postings and Views

Hello again, Thank you for taking the time to read my work and thoughts. This year has been full of tragedy and hope. As an artist (brianragsdalewriter.com), researcher (brian ragsdale on academia.edu), and my writings/musings (brianragsdalewriter.com), your connection with me is appreciated. Thank you, and please share my information with your friends and colleagues. I…

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…