NO, Kanye West is NOT the Male Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill five months after I gave birth to my son. I often held him while singing along to “Zion“. Ms. Hill’s voice and the lyrics were cathartic as I quietly struggled through what I now suspect was postpartum depression. With Miseducation, I fell more in love withContinue reading “NO, Kanye West is NOT the Male Lauryn Hill”

black girls.

those loud black girls those loud black girls. aggressive, confrontational loud, black girls. depicted by white-washed sensationalized narratives that project anger onto those loud black girls who, we’re told, need to be tamed. a perceived threat even when our mouths are closed and our hands are at ease. no neck rolling, no lips moving andContinue reading “black girls.”

For Bobbi Kristina…

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 21-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive, facedown in her bathtub. As Bobbi Kristina was being rushed to the hospital, professional and social media and the blogs were reporting her detriment. The eerily similar way in which her mother wasContinue reading “For Bobbi Kristina…”

I am not my(full potential)self when I am afraid…

As 2015 approached, I silently contemplated all the things I wanted to accomplish. I kept thinking: I’m going to write more. I’m going to lose a little weight and get fit. I’m going to connect with family and friends more. I’m going to read more. I’m going to put myself out there. But that’s justContinue reading “I am not my(full potential)self when I am afraid…”

Futuristic Black Love – on 3000

Futuristic Black love on 3000 Because 2,999 won’t do You, me and Badu Space traveling through galaxies Building our families Resisting normative boundaries of social expectations Highest love levitating and creating Bodies and ciphers and Intergalactic escapes to lands That celebrate Futuristic Black love on 3000 We’re on that new shyt Black love on 3000Continue reading “Futuristic Black Love – on 3000”

Notes on Father’s (and Mother’s) Day…

I must admit, I always have to check the calendar to know when Father’s Day is approaching. It’s one of those holidays that I never spent much time celebrating. As a child, I looked forward to Mother’s Day. In school, we’d always create some artsy, awkward gift for our mothers. And Ma would smile likeContinue reading “Notes on Father’s (and Mother’s) Day…”

Karlesha Thurman’s Breastfeeding Is Natural and Normal. Our Reactions Are Not.

I became pregnant with my now 16-year-old son during the summer of 1997. I completed the requirements for my undergraduate degree in English in November of that same year. My son was born in March 5, 1998, and I participated in commencement ceremonies in May 1998. And I was a breastfeeding mother. Prior to theContinue reading “Karlesha Thurman’s Breastfeeding Is Natural and Normal. Our Reactions Are Not.”

Dissertation Archives – Vignette 3: Hair Story

No matter how else you dress or decorate yourself, you cannot escape the true meaning of dreads. As beautiful as locks may be, they still stand for something: ethnic pride. When you carry dreads you demand a second look. People are intrigued, they wonder, “What’s behind all that hair.” I’m happy to be nappy ~AdrianContinue reading “Dissertation Archives – Vignette 3: Hair Story”

Messages from the Universe: Be Open, Raw, Authentic – Write.Me.Free

Writing is like breathing is like loving is like mothering is like exhaling is like speaking (out) is like dancing is like exploring is like living. It’s like freedom. That I must have. ‪#‎WriteMeFree The Universe moves in such mysteriously correct ways. Over the past few weeks, She has sent me several messages that requireContinue reading “Messages from the Universe: Be Open, Raw, Authentic – Write.Me.Free”