Race and Gender Advocacy

Cops: Reconciling the Two Halves of My Brain

"...And you want our marches peaceful. You want us calm. You want us quiet. Stop asking us to bite our tongues when we cannot guarantee our siblings'  safe passage to the corner store..."  This is a stream of consciousness based on my rage over the last couple of days about the recent murders of Alton Sterling and…
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How Do We Self-Identify?

For this week's blog, I decided to try something different. Ever since I came out as multiracial last year (after identifying as African American for the first 48 years of my life), I have become really curious how #mixedrace people self-identify. Self-identity is the topic of endless conversation within the multiracial community. Do people identify…
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You Mix That Negro with That Creole Make Beyoncé’s Truth

Fewer times in my life have I been so obsessed with a celebrity, and to be sure, it's not that I am obsessed with Beyoncé, but rather the attacks on her since she released "Formation." Why? I fully expect comments like this one from Fox News's Lou Dobbs: "Beyoncé's nostalgic glorification of Malcolm X and Black…
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Beyoncé’s “Formation” Is Apparently Too Abstract for Many

Full disclosure: I am the first to admit that I am not so good with abstract things. But this time I got it. Unsurprisingly, people have taken to social media and their blogs to either praise or slam Beyoncé for her video “Formation.” Although most of what I have read has been positive, I have also…
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Caitlyn Jenner and What She’s Learned After Six Months of Being a Woman

I don't have a television (by choice, trust me) and so evidently I missed the 25th annual Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year awards. I learned about it from a Facebook friend's post this morning. Honored were: Serena Williams Billie Jean King Reese Witherspoon Misty Copeland Victoria Beckham Caitlyn Jenner Elizabeth Holmes The five women…
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Divided We Do The Man’s Job; United We Stand Proud and Tall

This morning, just a day after I wrote about the disparity for people of color in the arts, I read a blog that infuriated me. Entitled The Lightskinned Revolution is here, and it has been televised, its main purpose is to disparage the cast, and in particular Terrance Howard because of complexion.  Damon Young, whose views…
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The Fight for Equality in the Arts

Last week I wrote a blog that asked the question, When it comes to the topic of race, are people capable of critical thinking? I do believe that although we are, oft times this means thinking beyond the level of comfort. Let’s use opera as an example. I was never a huge fan of it…
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When Being Biracial and Light Complected Means not Being Black Enough

If you are a fan of the late R&B singer Aaliyah, you know that the Disney Channel’s Zendaya Coleman was recently cast to play Aaliyah in the Lifetime Biopic. You probably also know that Aaliyah’s family is not only not excited about the casting, but they didn’t back the made-for-TV movie to begin with. In…
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Thirty-six and a Half Years

Yesterday I got some news that gave me great pause. A friend of mine named Steph Bader, told me that this past week, after 36.5 years with her partner, she got married. My first thought was, "why'd you wait so long?" My second was, "after that many years, why now?" These are, of course, the…
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