Book 18: Eloquent Rage, A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower–Brittney Cooper

What I loved about reading this book is that she spoke so directly to so many of my life experiences, particularly when it comes to Black exceptionalism, overachieving, and adherence to respectability. While we decidedly had very different economic upbringings, it was like we experienced the same social frustrations and racial animosity of instructors and…

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Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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On a Year’s Sobriety

In exactly one week I will break my year-long commitment to sobriety. In exactly one week I will be 30 years old. Over the course of the year being sober has been revealing, but maybe not in the ways that people would expect. But backing up, how did I get here? Why would I decide…

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Why Am I Doing?

Not what. Why. I’ve been putting off this post, because I knew it would take more mental energy to write it than I had at the moment when I started. Yesterday my planner called me out. Everyday there’s a quote on the note’s page. Yesterday’s quote was: People lose their way when they lose their…

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30 “Dates”: 6 – 10

Date 6: Second Line Sunday, Treme Sidewalk Steppers–Feb 18, 2018 I lament how few Sundays I make it out to see the second-lines during the spring. Every social aid and pleasure club has a week where they take a route in the city to second-line. It is an event not to miss as folks come…

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FBF: Halloween 2017

*Cue the White Tears™ #youmad? I alway lament not having creative Halloween costumes from year to year, as well as not having a stash of lazy-man costumes (i.e., mass produced costumes that I can just throw on when needed). But last year, some time during late summer, I had a genius idea. Or at least…

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TBT–Road Trip to Canada and Back

  Last year E and I were invited to a wedding in Ontario, well E was in the wedding party so it was a must-do. Since plane tickets were looking kinda pricey, we decided to rent a car and go on a 3 week road trip through the country. Starting in New Orleans, we first…

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On Being Unapologetically Black…

The price we pay for being ourselves is worth it. –Eartha Kitt As kids we were regularly admonished to “use your inside voice” (or some variant of that phrase) by some older matriarchal figure, usually a grey-haired teacher–a librarian in my case–whenever you got just a little bit too wound up in your conversations with…

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