526 Words

This essay is 526 words long. It is 526 words because that is how many seconds are in eight minutes and forty-six seconds. Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is the time it took former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to murder Mr. George Floyd. As if...

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What You CAN DO

As a black woman AND an empath, I’ve found myself speechless and heavy-hearted lately. The tragic killings of George Flyod, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more- has compounded a complexity of feelings toward year 2020. If you’re like me, maybe you too are...

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Free, at Last?

One of my favorite lines from the classic film Apollo 13 is “Houston, we have a problem.” Well, the sad truth facing society today is like that iconic line: “America, we have a problem.” Unlike, Apollo 13, life is unscripted…but the transgressions of our past are...

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Don’t Just Sit There: Do Something

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So that the first problem is how to control that rage so that it won’t destroy you. – James Baldwin When therapists refer to “anger,” we call it a blanket...

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Black Lives Matter, Matters!

I was six, nearly seven, years old growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, activist, and social critic James Baldwin died in December of 1987. It would be nearly 30 years before I first discovered his powerful works through a...

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Will You Stand?

This is my voice, my truths. Not in a complaining fashion, but in an answering the question fashion. The question that I have heard more than once is how can I support a person of color. What can I do to support you and the Black Lives Matter movement? Well here is my...

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Our Reality: Young and Black in America

We are black. Our father is white and gay. He adopted us from foster care 20 years ago. No one else was willing to take an African-American sibling group of four. Although we were raised in a diverse neighborhood and attended equally diverse public schools, our...

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Embracing Unnatural Things

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has rocked our nation. The reactions of peace loving individuals all over the country have led to protests at a level not seen in at least a generation. Natural feelings abound: outrage, anger, hopelessness, and fear....

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What’s Your Intention? Showing Up for Black Lives

As news about George Floyd’s death spread on Tuesday, May 26, it appeared to grip folks in the White community more than any other story—and there are too many—of its kind. There are so many who are waking up to a reality that has been known and felt by our Black...

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