Brothers Forgive Me

This unsolicited request for forgiveness is long overdue. This cry for forgiveness is birthed out of a new revelation of the deep and damaging impact of mass incarceration on men of color; men of color like my brothers.  The brothers that I grew apart from long before we grew up because in their youth theyContinue reading “Brothers Forgive Me”

Silence Doesn’t Feel Like Solidarity

  Those that know me well know that I love truth more than I love comfort.  This past week, the ugly truths of police brutality, implicit racial bias, and systemic oppression of black and brown people made many uncomfortable.  In fact, many are still uncomfortable; particularly in the christian community.  This past week has pushedContinue reading “Silence Doesn’t Feel Like Solidarity”

Am I Black?

“Am I Black?”  This question has echoed in my mind since it was so loudly projected from the mouth of a little boy (approximately 5 years old) to his parents as he sat with them and watched a portion of a video about the middle passage at The Griot Museum of Black Historyin St. Louis,Continue reading “Am I Black?”

Collective Heroism

Just as there are angels among us, I am certain that there are heroes among us.  Unlike those we see in comic books or movies, they aren’t donning a cape and symbol on their chest. A recent visit to Orlando taught me much about heroism and the unparalleled beauty witnessed when the community rises toContinue reading “Collective Heroism”

Legal Cannabis – Capitalization or Decriminalization?

“I was gonna clean my room until I got high I gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high My room is still messed up and I know why ‘Cause I got high…” – Afroman In just a few days, as a citizen of Ohio, I will have to option toContinue reading “Legal Cannabis – Capitalization or Decriminalization?”

Just Cry – Tears for Charleston and the Black Community

When a dear friend loses a loved one or when you have personally experienced  loss of someone near to you, there is significant wisdom and solace in having friends who are just able to be present with you.  Some of them rest in the place of empathy, having experienced the same loss, and others areContinue reading “Just Cry – Tears for Charleston and the Black Community”

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