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i philosophize. And play Guitar Hero. Most of the time i do both simultaneously.

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Seeking Therapy

Several months ago, I decided that enough was enough and I started to see a therapist. It wasn’t that the stress was new. I have seen stress in my life but I have always found a way to cope, but not this time. Whether it was the ever-growing to-do list at work, the growing intensity […]

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On Lynching and Prejudice

Photos of lynched bodies have always given me pause. My body has a very visceral reaction to seeing a lifeless form hanging from a tree. More than the body, the white faces that stare up at it in contentment, contempt or fascination haunt my mind for hours, and sometimes days after seeing a photo of […]

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A Letter to my Future Son

Dear Son, I want to start by apologizing to you. This is not the world I wanted you to be born into by any means. Your life won’t be easy and no amount of my love can change the way people will see you. And for that I apologize. I never wanted this for you. […]

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And the Attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights Continues…

There is a serious lack of sexual education in this country and that’s no secret. One of the smartest young women in my life believed that the rash of teenage pregnancy in her school could be contagious and that possibility scared her so much that she wanted to have her uterus removed. She was a […]

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Reconsidering Natural Hair

On the heels of a study that suggests a connection between hair relaxers and uterine fibroids, actress Viola Davis decided to leave her wig at home and take to the red carpet at the Oscars in a stunning gown and an even more stunning teeny weeny afro. Of course when the moment happened, I was […]

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Surprise: Too Short is a Dirty Old Man

I understand the outrage at rapper Too Short’s latest comments. But should we be so up in arms? Since dropping his first song, the rapper has consistently degraded and disrespected women in his music. But it wasn’t his lyrics that drew the ire of the media and the general public over 20 years ago when […]

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Celebrity Worship

It’s becoming problematic. The obsession and total preoccupation we have with celebrities is problematic, as evidenced by the number of young girls who, while watching the Grammys, stated that they would allow Chris Brown to beat them. I’ve always been concerned with how forgiving we become of a person just because they have special talent […]

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The Commercialization of Black History Month

I’ve been meaning to write this post since I watched a commercial for a K-Mart Martin Luther King, Jr. day sale. I’m all about a deal, and I can’t be sure but maybe Dr. King was also, but seriously? It took me back to a discussion I’ve had with several people regarding the commercialization of […]

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Emotional Affairs: How Much is Too Much?

Dating and relationships are touchy subjects with my friends these days. We’re at that strange point in our lives where half of us are in committed relationships and half of us are single but all of us are still trying to figure out what the hell we want. I recently had dinner with several of […]

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Survey Says…

Sparked by a study conducted in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Washington Post started a series of posts about Black women. This article is the first in the series. In the article, author Krissah Thompson reports that Black women are actually complex beings. That, contrary to popular belief, we are more than the […]

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