Race and Gender Advocacy

The Asian Glow: What I Didn’t Know Could Have Killed Me

Have you ever heard of the Asian Glow? Despite being 1/4 Japanese, until two months ago, I hadn't either. This morning I went looking for something: a specific flashlight I like. Normally it sits on top of this Indian cabinet we have (it was made in India, we bought it in upstate New York). I…
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Puerto Rico Joins Four U.S. States, Restricting Abortion Rights

Is Puerto Rico quietly trying to restrict abortion, joining eight U.S. states doing an end run around Roe v. Wade? I'm not sure how this got passed me. And further, why isn't this being reported in U.S. mainstream media? Only seven days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's Senate introduced restrictions on…
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Rate Shaming

As long as I have been freelancing as a writer (since September 2009) I have encountered writers who feel it's important to offer unsolicited advice about rates. The problem is it rarely comes off as advice but more like judgment and disapproval. In the industry we call it rate shaming. Fewer things irk the shit…
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Naomi Osaka is Both Haitian and Japanese

Ever since the three controversial calls in the U.S. Open by Carlos Ramos that cost Serene a Grand Slam, apart from whether the calls were justified (I do not believe they were justified) Naomi Osaka's racial and ethnic heritage have continually been called into question. Cosmopolitan ran an article by Jasmine Ting with the title…
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Nike is Having a Banner Week

I'm not brand loyal. Nike doesn't fit me well—especially their sneakers. I have Freddy Flintstone feet, so I wear Asics. However, this goes beyond whose apparel you and I like the best: Nike, Puma, Asics, Adidas, Levis, Teva, etc.  It's about speaking out and having a voice, and being supported by those who got your back…
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Color Struck

[caption id="attachment_8512" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Paul and me in St. Thomas, April 2017. Photo credit: Toes in the Sand Photography[/caption] (more…)
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And the Darwin Award Goes to: Caitlyn Jenner

Neither profound nor eloquent, this is a stream of consciousness about Caitlyn Jenner and her misguided faith in Donald Trump and her insulting and flippant manner in which she expresses it. Donald Trump ran his campaign on hate ... and he won: not only the office of the president of the United States but also…
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Calling All My White Allies

Back in the 1960s and 70s it seemed the United States was moving toward an age of enlightenment and although just barely out of reach, true integration among the races seemed achievable — if given more time. Leaving aside those who genuinely felt it was the U.S.’s place to interfere and stop the spread of communism (the…
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