Black Joy and Co-Crucifixion with Christ

“Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud” (1969) was an anthem of Black joy as we…


What Did God Really Say? Reflections on Candice Benbow & Dr. Howard John Wesley — Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here! Paul vs Jesus? Another case Benbow makes is that…


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Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau’s Death and Misogyny in the Black Community

“Almost everything that’s ever gone wrong in my life I can trace back to a…


Black Lives and White Sight: Reading Invisible Man in This Age of Black Death - Part 2

Read Part 1 here!   White Sight and Black Lives Ellison’s image of the…


Surviving Toxic Families

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” -Ancient Proverb “But…


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Brown Girl, I See You

Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at…


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To Black Women Who Just Want to Heal

To the women who came forward and engaged the public about their experiences…


More than a Cog in the Machine

This is the 3rd Interview for A Series of Stories Exploring Black and Brown…


Way Out of No Way

Noname doesn’t owe anyone. The Chicago artist recently announced via Twitter…


To Be Young, Gifted, & Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 2

To Be Gifted Back in my college football days, I would often share my feelings…


To Be Young, Gifted, & Black: A Letter to a Young Black Leader — Part 1

There was once a story told of a little boy who loved to stop and watch an…


Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: Black Without Apology

Eleven novels. Nine works of nonfiction. Over twenty awards. 88 years. We are…


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When the Fatherless Become Fathers

The first time I remember my father told me he loved me was just shy of my…


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Outlasting Cardi B & Offset: Encouragement for Young Couples With Struggling Marriages

“I know I’m not having a baby with a sh###y-a## man,” rapper Cardi B explained…


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We Wear the Mask

Childish Gambino’s “This is America” is a powerful, prophetic critique of the…


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I Thought My Wife Wasn’t “Woke”

I cued the video then handed my phone to my wife with a grin. She stared at the…


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Birthing While Black: When Giving Life Causes Death

The standard length of stay after having a cesarean section is three days. But…


Brothers, We Are Not Doormats Nor Are We Repellents

For the purpose of this post, here are some disclaimers for those who don’t…


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Birthing While Black: Introduction

Do I Need Fiber or an Obstetrician? “I think they forgot about you,” my husband…


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On Portraits, Blackness, and Art

An artist is a precarious thing to be. I'm thinking of Kehinde Wiley and Amy…