In the past year and a half that I have lived in Brasília, I've been lucky to have been invited into two little communities that exist outside of my rich, White bubble. One community is composed of a few local volunteers and 100+ economically and socially at-risk children in an underserved quarter of the satellite … Continue reading Decentering Myself in 2019
Trudging through the streets of New York after a long week of work, my fists balled in my pockets and a knot in my chest. I decide to buy takeout from my favorite Mediterranean spot, and when my order is called, the typically friendly girl smiles with my package in hand. Out of the corner … Continue reading Civilized Conversations
A few weeks ago, as I was driving home from a stressful day at work, I took a detour to the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (translation: Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil).* It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I had been telling myself I needed to go everytime I caught sight of one of … Continue reading Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi
As the thick summer heat of August 2018 bids us farewell, I reflect on the highlight of my month, the Undoing Racism workshop held by The People’s Institute and hosted by Living Cities. An assortment of strong leaders from a range of non-profit/philanthropic organizations united for 2.5 grueling days of analysis, reflection and most importantly, … Continue reading The Power of Undoing Racism
Sometimes, it’s hard for us to know how much to care. As people who have come to be identified as people of color, the experience of life is marred by the labeling of our physical features. It is a painful reality that a shocking majority of us manage to ignore probably 70% of the time. … Continue reading Relinquishing the Burden
Dear friends, Last week the New York State Board of Parole granted Herman Bell release. Since the Board’s decision, there has been significant backlash from the Police Benevolent Association, other unions, Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. They are demanding that Herman be held indefinitely, the Parole Commissioners who voted for his release be fired, … Continue reading You can help free Herman Bell!
As the the black man continuously strives to promote his identity, balancing and equating himself amongst the races of humanity as we all run towards betterment in life, it must be stated that the black woman in turn has not just fought beside her man, but also confronted various challenges from within her territory on … Continue reading An African speaks on the state of the African Diaspora
When I found out Prince Harry was dating a black girl, I was lowkey excited. Are the times a-changin’? I wondered. I kept track of the story, very casually, and as their relationship progressed, I was rooting for them to make that marriage happen. So much so that I actually purchased a hardcopy magazine for $4.99 … Continue reading Meghan Markle: Black or Mixed?
On the morning of December 30, 2017, Erica Garner's twitter account (now managed by her mother, Esaw Snipes) released the following statement: That same day Erica Garner, 27 years old and a mother of two, had died of a heart attack. Notwithstanding the tragedy of her death and the painful context in which Erica … Continue reading If You’re White, Stop Whining.
I consider myself a fairly vain and materialistic person. I am obsessed with eyeshadow and lipstick and earrings and shoes. I even created an instagram account* devoted to the makeup looks that I labor over for hours and hours, with a collection of brushes and eyeshadow palettes and fake eyelashes worthy of a Youtube beauty … Continue reading The Coded Racism of The Word “Tacky”