The Splendor of Love

My parents showed us, their lucky children, how to do the damn thing. They loved, honored, respected each other on a consistent basis without any fissures that we could spot. (I’m sure they argued and disagreed etc. but we never saw it.) They also made it clear that their love and their relationship came first. … Read more The Splendor of Love

Diversity Dopeness on Project Runway Season 16

Project Runway (PR) Season 16 proves how dope real diversity is because real diversity has no time for tokenism. And real diversity shows you that no ethnic group is a monolith – rather, it includes many different types of folks. Just as there are many variations on the theme of whiteness, there are black people … Read more Diversity Dopeness on Project Runway Season 16

Boy Toys: What’s Wrong with Queen Sugar’s Blue playing with a doll?

  I’m not mad that Blue (Ralph Angel’s young son on OWN’s Queen Sugar) is usually shown playing with a long-haired doll but I know some folks who are. I recently watched the new season premiere with a group at a summer conference and comments abounded questioning creator Ava DuVernay’s product placement. Apparently the doll … Read more Boy Toys: What’s Wrong with Queen Sugar’s Blue playing with a doll?

Father Does Not Know Best: Bill Cosby’s Creep Factor (among other crimes and felonies)

Spoiler alert:  my comments are bout to offend some readers.  Sorry/not sorry.  I’m confused by the people, women especially, who find excuses for Bill Cosby and seriously suggest that he is already “being punished enough” just by the fact that his eyes seem to be screwed up.  WTF.  Bill Cosby is a creep and it’s … Read more Father Does Not Know Best: Bill Cosby’s Creep Factor (among other crimes and felonies)

How “I am Kreyol” Manages to Slay Every Day (a Black Pumps Notebook interview)

I’ve been stalking Joelle (or Joey) Jean-Fontaine (on the left with model wearing her creation), resident creative, designer and founder of the I am Kreyol fashion line, since I first saw her stunning work at a Boston Museum of Fine Arts Juneteeth fashion installation two years ago. The brocade, the tulle, the textiles, the prints, … Read more How “I am Kreyol” Manages to Slay Every Day (a Black Pumps Notebook interview)

Don’t get Teacupped*: Were Maxine Waters and April Ryan Distractions From the Real Issues at Hand?

For those few who haven’t heard, recently Congresswoman Maxine Waters spoke about Donald Trump’s troubled presidency in very real terms calling him “dangerous” and indicating he needs to “get ready for impeachment” if the Russian ties are revealed to trace back to him. When Fox’s Bill O’Reilly was asked for a response to her denigration … Read more Don’t get Teacupped*: Were Maxine Waters and April Ryan Distractions From the Real Issues at Hand?

The House of Nahdra and Boston’s First African Fashion Week

I’m a Roxbury girl but African Fashion Week in Boston? New York, even DC maybe but Boston? Boston is not exactly known for its fashion acumen. Of course I’m going but will it turn out to be a hot mess? Despite my doubts and amidst my curiosity, African Fashion Week was a very real thing … Read more The House of Nahdra and Boston’s First African Fashion Week

The Conundrum (and Benefit) of Teaching While Writing or Writing While Teaching

I don’t know if I want these two categories together on the Blog because sometimes I’m not happy about their seemingly unbreakable bond in my life. While I love my students and get excited watching them learn and make discoveries about their learning and especially their writing, I spend a lot of time on preparation … Read more The Conundrum (and Benefit) of Teaching While Writing or Writing While Teaching

Why Beyonce’s Life Matters (and Solange’s and Ms. Tina’s too)

First of all, Beyonce matters because everyone in the world knows who she is and she is the dictionary definition of fierce.  If you are a Beyonce-hater skip to the next post.  (Full disclosure:  I have a lifetime membership in the Beyhive as well as am the proud owner of a Lemonade tee shirt and … Read more Why Beyonce’s Life Matters (and Solange’s and Ms. Tina’s too)

Why H and M is Not Just for Kids

I know the music is mad loud and the aisles are filled with packs of teens roving for Kardashian bodycon and Rihanna bling but don’t let that stop you women of a certain age from venturing inside.  I am of a certain age and the only limitations I allow myself are when something doesn’t fit … Read more Why H and M is Not Just for Kids