NFL Players, It’s Time to Take a Stand

The NFL made a decision last week because of its fans—the majority of whom are white men. Most of the fanbase did not have an issue with kneeling during the national anthem until Trump got involved. He found one more way to divide our nation. What was initially a silent protest about racial injustice became … Continue reading NFL Players, It’s Time to Take a Stand

Black sorority members performing a community service are questioned by police – theGrio

Is there nothing that we can do as a black person, a brown person, a minority anymore? We can’t go to Starbucks, the Waffle House, Airbnb, participate in community service, walk on the sidewalk, or stand in our backyard? Can we breathe? I know this State Trooper wanted my Sorors to act a fool so … Continue reading Black sorority members performing a community service are questioned by police – theGrio

The Life and Death of Sandra Bland #SayHerName

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 25. #PassionCannotBeSilenced #SayHerName

Our Children Will Be the Change

President Trump, Congress, and the rest of our elected officials, I hope that yesterday's March for Our Lives was a wake-up call. Your jobs are on the line. Stop catering to PACs, and start listening to your community. Just look at the recent mid-term election in Pennsylvania, where it was an overwhelmingly red state, but a democrat just won. Our children are crying out for change, and you cannot ignore them. Our youngest generations created change during the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Rights Movement, and most recently, during President Barack Obama's election. Our children will always be the change. #WakeUp

A Letter to Black Women

Dear Black Women, You are amazing. You are beautiful. Your love and selflessness is like none other. You are strong. You are fierce. You are light.

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.”

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 … Continue reading The Miscalculation of the Black Woman

#SheWoke: Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls

I don't know how I missed this last month, but I'm so glad to hear about this historic caucus. It definitely touched my heart and soul to see my Soror,  U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, formed part of this historical coalition. In the wake of Amy Joyner-Francis' death, we need a caucus to protect our girls … Continue reading #SheWoke: Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls