Words from Pop-Pop

I am a product of a village. I could have had all the lessons, experiences, and adventures without the community who raised me. Some of my village is still present on this side, but many have gone on to be with the Lord. It is so hard to see the people who you always saw as strong warriors slowly slip away. The hardest ones for me were my grandparents. I lost three grandparents in just under four years. Two were during this same week in March, just different years. Today's story is about my grandfather, affectionally known as Pop-Pop.

Bonus Pay for Our Schools #ArmMeWith

The recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School may finally be the catalyst for change for gun reform in this country. But, at what cost? Donald Trump has been floating around the idea of arming teachers in schools. I say floating because as we know from previous experience, Trump may later say he never said that. It seems like he may be moving forward with this because he later added that armed teachers would receive bonus pay. Really?!?! Today, I’m not going to debate whether our teachers should be armed. Instead, I want you to consider that bonus pay remark. How is it that you can suddenly find bonus pay for a teacher to carry a gun in the schools, but you can’t find some bonus pay to reimburse teachers for all the school supplies that they have to buy throughout the year?

18/44

18 school shootings in 44 days. 18 school shootings since January 1, 2018. Let that sink in. It’s time to protect our communities. We have the right to bear arms. We have the right to be a part of the NRA. We have the right to protect ourselves. But, when will we have the right to protect our children so that they can go to school without fear?

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.”

#TakeAKnee…Don’t Be Distracted

They are the reason why Colin Kaepernick knelt down. Don’t be distracted. Never forget. #BlackLivesMatter #TakeAKnee

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 … Continue reading Happy Birthday Frida!

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 … Continue reading Unequal America

Memorial Day 2017

Honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives. #MemorialDay #MemorialDay2017