Up In Arms

[caption id="attachment_1001" align="alignright" width="262"] Feeling Full of Life[/caption] I stay woke Like for real It's 3am And I can't sleep Because I feel my son Kicking and swirling Flipping and shifting Readying himself for this world And, fear has me wondering If it'd be easier for him If he was…

Part I: The Holy Argument

[wpvideo 53OmkuN8] (In this article, I'm addressing  those who care about the plight of black people and humanity in general. I have no interest in entertaining or trying to enlighten the weight of bigotry and ignorance at perilous times such as this.) "Where is the outcry when black people kill…

Have a Seat at My Table

There are two older women cooking in my kitchen, and neither is my mother, grandmother, or close aunt. Considering the fact that for many southern American women such as myself, the kitchen is a sacred place where traditions are continued, future generations are pruned, and recipes are kept in furtive…

Do It For the Vine

Affluent white men in expensive cotton tees or custom suits sit around exclusive cafes in Hollywood and casually create movies about the type of life we're living here in Singapore. Of course, the characters never look like us because that would make the surreal even more unbelievable, but it's our stories just…

Don’t Pinch Me

I have died and gone to the JW Marriott in Dubai! If this is a dream, let me slumber. With my king beside me, my kibibi underfoot, and my blessing inside me,  I've seen the sunrise and moonlight dance together over the vast view of ornate mosques, galloping horses dark…

Why We Must Forgive

I was walking through a parking lot today, and I saw a sign that read, "If reason is on your side, show forgiveness. If justice is on your side, show humility." At first, it rattled me considering the state of anger wherein I've traveled increasingly since the Trayvon Martin trial,…

Wide Awake Part I

I went to sleep last night somewhat at peace with the fact that I I don't live in fear (here) of someone taking my child's life just because their hue makes them look "threatening." But, I woke up to the sobering reality that I would have that very valid fear…