After reading through Killer Mike's tweets in support of reparations for slavery the other day, I was reminded of my own observations on the subject from activists and scholars in and around the Black community. This happened in New York City around the early to mid 2000's, where I lived and worked in Harlem
I was shocked but grateful I'd biopsied it. My husband--he's a cardiologist--jokes that he would have totally ignored his
1. Because you can. We are the only species that can communicate this way. Studies prove that the physical experience of
Everyone is writing a book, but only a few will finish their books, and only a select number will finish their memoir this summer. How will they do it?
As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers
Some of the actors and filmmakers behind this year's Best Picture nominations -- Michael Keaton, David Oyelowo, Common, Felicity Jones, J.K. Simmons, James Marsh, Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane -- visited us to chat movies and The Oscars.
And right before the flames would go out, if I let myself, I'd see our ghosts. Dancing in the corner, holding hands, tightly. Laughing, pointing to each house and telling each other stories of how life would be if, well, reality didn't so fervently want to disagree.
The holidays are when tradition is passed down, when the past meets the present to inform the future. In my family, old folks' music plays first (juke joint blues and jazz), followed by the sounds of Motown and the funk of the 1970s.
Despite the pain, there is still so much joy left in me. I know I'll be OK. All of this is new to me. I don't know my next steps just yet, other than allowing myself to feel whatever it is I'm feeling that day. I will continue to write and document my progress and gain more clarity as time passes.