The TOP 5 Ways Faculty Can Support Student Activists

You want to jump up and shout because the students on your campus or the individuals in your community are calling out structural bias and even protesting, organizing, and making real headway against it.   Or you’re wondering what the hell is going on. Either way the young people need to be supported. Here are Read more about The TOP 5 Ways Faculty Can Support Student Activists[…]

The feminine Pronoun Series #24: The Winds They Are A’changing

You may think this sounds all “woo woo,” but there is a spiritual shift in the universe. I think we all feel it. Even the violent images of black death to which we’ve been subjected, are harbingers of spiritual ills that need a strong medicine. In this episode I attend a retreat for women of Read more about The feminine Pronoun Series #24: The Winds They Are A’changing[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls

In this week’s vlog I watched the democratic convention and spent time with the Hurston Hughes Scholars. HHS is a self organized group of black parents and teachers who read black literature and invite guests like me and fellow poet Cheeraz Gormon to share our work with them. Coincidentally, I was in the presence of Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #23: These Are the Times That Try Women’s Souls[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?

In order to create the societal pressure for real police reform, a movement must happen. Movements are built one step at a time. organizing, conversing, writing, and publicizing are all a part of movement building. Over the last week, I have made a commitment to talk with as many smart people as I can about Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series #22: How Does One #StrikeForBlackLives?[…]

How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time

This week’s vlog follows me through a day of workshop with the inimitable Bhanu Kapil.  Bhanu Kapil is a conceptual poet who recently worked for 15 years at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Sponsored by the Pulitzer Arts Center, this day long experience for metro area poets was named “How to Grieve While Read more about How to Grieve and Dream at the Same Time[…]

Why Don’t We Crave to See the Families of the Murdered Policemen in Dallas Forgive Micah Johnson?

As the country continues to grapple with the racialized gun violence of the past weeks, several issues of comparison can be explored and discussed.   This is a thought experiment. I have taken an article titled, “Families of Charleston Shooting Victims: “We Forgive You” written by Inae Oh and published on MotherJones.com, and replaced the Read more about Why Don’t We Crave to See the Families of the Murdered Policemen in Dallas Forgive Micah Johnson?[…]

The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER

What is the secret to long life? In this video, I spend time with what is becoming an increasing rarity, an elderly black man in the person of my one and only “Daddy Dear,” Eugene B. Redmond. He’s giving longevity secrets (he’s 78) and dropping jewels. ________________________________________________________________ In the wake of the killings of Alton Read more about The Feminine Pronoun Series No. 20: #BLACKFATHERSMATTER[…]

#StrikeForBlackLives: A Nationwide Job Walk-Off By Black Labor

  “Hamilton” isn’t the first play written by a writer of color that casts black and brown Americans in the roles of white Americans. 50 years earlier, Douglas Turner Ward wrote “A Day of Absence.” The play, with a role made famous by Ossie Davis, features a black cast playing white people in white face. Read more about #StrikeForBlackLives: A Nationwide Job Walk-Off By Black Labor[…]

The Number One Reason the Orlando Shooter was not a “Deranged Loner, and Why We’re More Like Him Than Not

        Almost as soon as the Orlando shooter was identified, he began to be described as a “loner.” This description is often used to describe the personality of mass shooters. If we look back at the headlines surrounding many of the men who perpetrate mass shootings, the descriptor, “loner” will come up. Read more about The Number One Reason the Orlando Shooter was not a “Deranged Loner, and Why We’re More Like Him Than Not[…]