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Beneath the stereotype of the angry black woman is an overlooked vulnerability. Rahiel Tesfamariam writes that black women act as if there is a war being waged against us. Yes, yes and more yes. Tesfamariam recognizes that the U.S. still doesn’t know how to deal with the “angry black woman,” whether she’s Solange in an […]

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Last Sunday, I took my boys to our new black Church.  When we pulled into the parking lot, Ransom (8.5) sighed. “Ugh. Mama, I don’t want to go this one.  I wanted to go to Daddy’s (white) Church!” Rhysie (4.5), of course, followed suit.  “Yeah, Mama.  I didn’t want to go to this one.” I […]

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A few years ago, I worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Regional Black Campus Ministries Coordinator.  That meant I was in charge of overseeing all of IV’s black chapters, black staff & non-black staff working with black students in MI, OH, W. VA & Western PA.  I’d been doing work with black students specifically -by request […]

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When an international magazine editor sits down on a chair called “the black woman chair,” for an editorial magazine… …heads are scratched. Pearls are actually clutched.  Swear words are articulated.  Anger is not just in the head or heart, it is felt in the body.  From anger to sadness to despair. Then you remember this […]

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netizen |ˈnetəzən| noun a user of the Internet, esp. a habitual or avid one. //// 1. My HOMEY, Micah talking about how he changed his mind regarding the “evils” of Black Friday inspired a great deal by this post explaining the upsides of Black Friday.  Love. 2. The black musician who befriends KKK members & […]

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Have you ever seen Little Shop of Horrors?  It’s a musical about a nerdy florist who finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. With blood.

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Do you ever go back in time ala journals? I have several which I have advised my husband to promptly take to the backyard and burn upon my death.

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On 9/11, I have a vivid image of my husband bounding into our bedroom, swinging open the door and yelling, “Gracee, wake up!  We are at war!”  My 1st thought, of course was nuclear war.  I thought we had days, hours, perhaps even minutes to live.  (I know I’m such a drama queen, but seriously […]

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