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And Still We Rise!: Amanda Gorman and the People’s Inauguration

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate, read her “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Dr. Joseph Biden, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Now 22-years-old, West LA raised Gorman was named Youth Poet … Continue reading

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I’m Calling It! Person of the Year: Ms. Stacey Abrams!!

We’ve had a heck of a year—the dying dinosaur continues to roar.  But civilization, true civilization, forges ahead.  And Black women are leading the way.  Case in point: Ms. Stacey Abrams, a beacon of a civil democratic society in which … Continue reading

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Nnedi Okorafor’s “Mother in Invention” and the Power of Woman

*Illustration by Shyama Golden I have recently found two short stories that brought back some hard memories. They were both cathartic, gifting me with the ability to remember and, with a renewed conviction, reject the stories that I was told … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Remarkable Life of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo

It strikes me as truly tragic when someone who is doing extraordinary things in the world only  becomes widely known when something tragic happens.  One such tragedy is that of Esther “Essie” Nakajjigo, a young, beautiful Ugandan woman. The youth … Continue reading

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We Are the Earth Body

While taking a walk in my favorite park a few days ago I listened to the ecophilosopher, activist, and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy being interviewed by Tammy Simon on Sounds True podcast. Of the many gems that Macy dropped, one that … Continue reading

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Iyore (I Return)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been thinking a lot about Death lately (I capitalize the word to show him the respect and reverence that he deserves).  Again, I haven’t been reflecting on Death in a macabre sense, … Continue reading

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Black Woman Magic

Black girl magic is real.  Black woman magic is real.  It’s in Nina Simone singing “Blues for Mama” in the way that only she could.  It’s in Harriet Tubman, who, though illiterate in the white man’s language (because he made … Continue reading

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Review of James McBride’s Deacon King Kong

A few weeks ago I watched a brilliant panel discussion entitled “Black American Buddhists on Community and Activism.” The panel featured three African American Buddhist practitioners and teachers, two with whom I was familiar: Kamilah Majied and DaRa Williams. When … Continue reading

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Review of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me

Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me (2017) has gotten lots of positive press. It was a New York Times Notable Book, The New York Times’ Critics’ Top Books of the Year, was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, National Public … Continue reading

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Changes

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tupac lately. Like a lot. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about one of my favorite songs by him: “Changes.”  Tupac made lots of amazing music: “Dear Mama,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Brenda’s Got a … Continue reading

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