What drew me to Bil Wright’s young adult novel, When the Black Girl Sings, was the cover. There were 9 butterflies arranged in a 3X3 formation mounted on a weatherworn wooden shadow box. Eight of the butterflies were white and identical in every other detatil. There was a bigger, black butterfly who was out of … More A Heartwarming Read
President-Elect Barack Obama has penned an open letter to his daughters, Sasha and Malia. It will be published in the January 18th issue of Parade magazine according to sources at The Huffington Post. The letter is personal but nicely captures the hopes and dreams we, no doubt, have for all our children. Share it with … More A Letter to Our Children
It is inevitable to reflect on America in light of its changing demographics and President-Elect Barack Obama’s impending transition to power. Recent demographic data suggests that by 2042 minorities will be a racial majority in America. This is the topic of Hua Hsu’s article in The Atlantic, “The End of White America?” It is longish … More America’s New Mainstream
About a week before the dawning of 2009, I began encouraging Larry to cut his beard and mustache. I wanted to see him clean shaven in the New Year. He wasn’t sure about it at first, but my powers of persuasion won him over. Somehow between our conversations about his proposed new look (he doesn’t … More A Hair Story
Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ article, “American Girl” and his 2 part video (part 1 and part 2) discussion of the article got me to thinking about my own American-ness vs. blackness and the extent to which they are or are not mutually exclusive. Coates examines Obama’s (Michelle, that is) childhood and rearing on Chicago’s south side against … More Fully Vested in America
I am where I should be. I am doing what I am supposed to do. I claim these declarations with an authenticity that has taken up residence in my psyche. Before my decision to quit working, there was a disquieting restlessness within me that permeated my life. It was a scattered, anxious feeling that lay … More Lifemaking is Bliss!
This is what America’s gas guzzing cars should look like. See more of Austrian scupltor’s Erwin Wurm’s fat cars here.