The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones is a short sto­ry inspired by the 1958 stab­bing of MLK. It is a work of fic­tion.  Once when I was 9, my moth­er threat­ened to beat me for grow­ing too fast. This wasn’t the first nor the last time she would make that threat but she nev­er fol­lowed through. Now, looking […]

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When you dig deep, you’ll find that both vic­tim and per­pe­tra­tor were fight­ing silent bat­tles   When I was 22, I spent a night in jail for cred­it card fraud. I was a moth­er to six-month-old twins, unwed, and an under­grad in col­lege. My for­mer part­ner and the father of my chil­dren had not paid […]


Just Human: Black stories are most rewarded when they center blackness — which, in a certain sense, is to center whiteness

It is a cool autumn morn­ing and I am perched on my couch, a cof­fee cup near­by, a few pages into Clau­dia Rankine’s newest book, Just Us: An Amer­i­can Con­ver­sa­tion. My 14-year-old son saun­ters in and asks what I am read­ing when I look up over the brim to tell him: “It’s a book on race by […]

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Watch… You Will See

Jesus was 33 when he died. There is some­thing enchant­i­ng about that. I feel old. Prob­a­bly because many peo­ple I meet are younger than me and things didn’t used to be this way. But still, I feel like I have so much life left to live. Here are my reflec­tions on my 33rd year of life and my won­ders for my 34th.

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