Black in America

Teaching America (to foreigners) in the time of Black Oppression…

I’m not feeling America right now. I haven’t been for a while. I’ve been teaching lessons on America, via English lessons to a student in China. It’s a whole unit about American culture. Which is all fine and good, I guess. I have some concerns about how they portray certain aspects of American culture—like how …

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Stop complaining about Black people getting shot and killed and do something.

Since Trayvon Martin was killed in 2012, I’ve done very little. I’ve sat in front of my keyboard writing. Murder after murder, by police and by civilians, my actions have hardly changed. I’ve talked to my husband about what is happening, what I think we can do. But I haven’t taken direct action. I haven’t called any politicians. I haven’t marched, protested—shucks, I don’t even think I’ve made my own post on social media. Maybe I’ve signed an online petition or two. But the reality is, two things cause tangible change in this country: violence and money.⁠

I’m a pacifist so my only option is using money. But I don’t have enough to buy political influence.

What can I do? What can people like me—social media activists—do?

7 Stereotypical Non-Black things I’m not afraid (anymore) to admit that I love.

Rock Music I haven’t paid attention to the modern Rock scene. I have no idea who is famous these days and if artists are even putting out new rock music—good rock music. I kind of feel like pop and hip hop dominate the music scene. When I was a teenager and college student, I loved …

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What I wish I knew before putting all my self-esteem in how popular I was

I’ve been thinking about where I’ve been and where I’m going. I reflect on why I chose the story/characters I decided to write. And as I work to build my author’s platform, connect with readers and other writers, I have a misguided desire to be “popular” on social media. I look for of likes, comments, …

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