I Am a Black Feminist

Today is the Women’s March across the United States, including in Washington, DC. I also noticed that Black Lives Matters DC also hosted a separate march in DC. I asked a question to the black man live-streaming the BLM protest at Union Station why they were having a separate march, and he started his response to me with, “To the person…” No, sir, if you cannot pronounce my name, please refer to me as the woman or the lady. I fight every day for civil rights so don’t discount me or my needs. It goes beyond just being a black “person.”

Happy Birthday Frida!

"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you." —Frida Kahlo, July 6, 1907-July 13, 1954 The Two Fridas Painting by Frida Kahlo, 1939 The Two Fridas is an oil painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The painting was the first [...]

The Hypocrisy of Our Nation

I saw this on Facebook last night, and I had to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author so I cannot give credit. Yet, it was so powerful and truthful that it had to go beyond my Facebook Page. I hope that you will share this message as well. If I find the [...]

Who Will Speak For You?

Speak up now before it’s too late. Who will be left to speak up for you? #Think #Speak #BeTheChange #EngageTheEnraged

A Journey of 50,000 Words #NaNoWriMo

For the month of November, you may see less of your friends as they participate in the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Writers—veterans and newbies—vow to spend the month of November writing a book of 50,000 words. I've thought about participating before, but 50,000 words seemed so overwhelming. These past two years, however, have proven [...]

The Miscalculation of the Black Woman

Her Own Beat's Note: I wrote this article the night that Simone Manuel won her Olympic gold medal. I wanted to post this immediately, but I had submitted for publication  so I had to wait. It has been more than two weeks, but I believe that essence of this article still rings true. As a [...]

How to Systematically Annihilate Black America

Enslave them for 245 years Rape their women and breed their men while enslaved Use them as free labor to create the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation  Set them "free" with no money or education and no means of protecting themselves from the lynch mob that we will send later (see #5) Use Jim [...]

Independence Day

Today is the great day known as Independence Day. Many are celebrating with their family and friends. They may be having a cookout in their backyard, enjoying a local parade, going to the shore, or enjoying a local concert. This great day of celebrating will end with a grandiose display of fireworks set to a [...]

Lessons from Jesse Williams — Soulful Success

‪When I saw Jesse Williams speech last night, I noticed something. As he was getting introduced I got the sense he was a bit annoyed. At first, I couldn’t figure out why, but the more he talked the more I understood. It seemed like he was annoyed because too much of the focus was on [...]