Unequal America

Unequal America by Aronya Waller No matter how much we protest, cry, riot, sit, or fight We seem to be forever mired by this ugly blight Infected by this dark, dank spirit of hatred and oppression Wondering if there will ever be freedom in our possession A country supposedly built on life, justice, and liberty Yet, we can't even [...]

What’s Next?

I have not written a post since the election because it took me some time to process everything. I wanted to make sure that I truly understood what was occurring. I wanted to wait and see if Trump was going to try to unite our country, or would we the fruits of his divisiveness throughout [...]

A Prayer of Comfort and Hope–Dr. Alyn E. Waller

It seems that every week we, as a community, are grieving another life lost. I continually say, "I am more than a hashtag." Yet, it seems that we may be one mile, one block, one step, one breath from becoming the next hashtag. Good people from both sides have lost their lives, and we have [...]

What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

I am constantly amazed about the police shootings that occur throughout this country--black, brown, yellow, green, orange, purple, and white. Every time, I think I have seen it all, another hashtag is created, and I am left sitting here shaking my head. My heart heavy. My soul just a bit more empty. Wondering what more [...]

Bill Ayres Quote

A man not only needs to know how to fish, he needs to have the freedom to do it and a place to do it. That's where community comes in. We have to help each other, and we feel government has a very important role therein.—Bill Ayres

More Than a Hashtag #PhilandoCastile

Unfortunately, Facebook has already pulled the live video of Philando Castile's murder. While many people are still raw and emotional over the death of Alton Sterling, we now have to process the death of Philando Castile. Our men are more than hashtags. They were men with families. Both MURDERED in front of their children by [...]

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 [...]

Saving Our Girls

My heart aches for our girls on a daily basis. In the past month, we have heard of two major beatings with deadly consequences. The first was the untimely death of 16-year-old Wilmington teenager Amy Joyner-Francis, and the second was the sad death of 17-year-old Brooklyn teenager Ta'Jae Warner. No matter what the circumstances were [...]

Demand A Plan To End Toy Gun Violence

Yesterday, I was saddened to learn about the police-involved shooting of a black male youth in Baltimore. On the one-year anniversary of the Freddie Gray riots, I was concerned that this shooting could create another uprising. Thankfully, my former home remained calm. The youth was brandishing a BB gun, which unfortunately looked like a real [...]