Thursday, November 2, 2017

Wrote a thing for Saint Heron: "Black In The Day: Back To School Edition"

In my latest installment of "Black In The Day" for Saint Heron, I reflected on some of the most memorable on-screen moments from Black academia's past. 


As chirren, teachers, staff, parents, and administrators greet new year of adventure down at the schoolhouse, let’s take a look back pon some of the phattest and most memorable moments from Black academia’s past. When report cards and parent-teacher conferences roll around, you might might need some positivity to help keep hope alive.

Let’s start the moonwalk down Memory Lane with Spike Lee’s famous ode to collegiate colorism and intraracial hair hateration in Mission College’s dancerie, “Good and Bad Hair” from 1988’s School Daze. Though the film addresses apartheid, class issues, and misogyny with the help of a stellar cast of hella talented Chocolatey Wonders, it is the spite-filled salon showdown betwixt #teamlightskin and #teamcholocolatey that keeps me coming back to this movie because I love a grand dance scene. Long before she learned how to go to work on Myra’s feet, Tisha Campbell (Jane), She Who Would Become Whitley Gilbert, and the mostly fair-skinned Gamma Rays (the “Wannabe’s”) with “good hair” danced it out against the mahogany, natural haired so-called “Jigaboos,” trading brutal jabs and sickening 8-counts, proving that all skinfolk ain’t your kinfolk. That choreo is popping, though. Shoutout to Otis Sallid.



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Join me 11/6 at WeWork Harlem for Wine & Words (presented by GetSomeJoy)

HOWDY.

The GetSomeJoy team and I are hosting a shindig in partnership with WeWork Harlem on Thursday 11/16 and you should come say hello.


We're getting a few awesome folks together to speak candidly about the awesome work they're doing and how it impacts their mental and emotional wellness, and will be doing some cool group writing activities, some storytelling, and letting folks know more about what's in store for GetSomeJoy. And there will be some snacks and community partners on hand to share resources to help you flourish out here.

RSVP over here on Eventbrite or Facebook and we hope to see you there!


In the meantime, check out our site for GoGetSomeJoy, a multimedia initiative and event series focused on spreading joy, promoting mental and emotional wellness, and providing resources and such.

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I had a great talk with Jasmine Powers about mental health and this GetSomeJoy project.

A few weeks ago, I talked to marketing fangirl/consultant/wiz Jasmine Powers about mental health, healing, and my Get Some Joy mental and emotional wellness initiative. Learn more about Jasmine's awesomeness at jasminepowers.com.


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Wrote a thing for Very Smart Brothas: "Please Stop Inviting Everybody To The Damn Cookout"

So I recently wrote a thing for Very Smart Brothas about how I want my easily impressed sisters and brethren to be more discerning with our cookout invites and mindful about who we're showering with praise.


Look, I know blackness is the gift that keeps on giving. I know how awesome we are, and can understand why sweet potato pie tops pumpkin pie, that we effortlessly create and inform pop culture, and why folks set aside their good sense and pride to get next to us or be like us. And I also know that in these anus-mouthed-gargoyle-electing times, the smallest acts of humanity—even the most fleeting abandonment of ain’t-shitness—can feel like a sign of kinship, a victory, a mark of someone deserving of trust.

I get the fatigue from contending with normalized terribleness and buffoonery and reading about and coexisting with people who vote for professional life ruiners. Truly, I do.

But stop inviting everybody to the motherfucking cookout. Love yourself and respect your blackness a little bit more. For the kids, the community and the perseverance of the already limited supply of ribs. As I told Tonja Stidhum (one of the writingest wimmenz I know), I’ll be damned if I miss out on the macaroni and cheese because you niggas are out here inviting everybody who smiles at you and hugging Nazis at the cookout. Go-go gadget: higher standards.
Read the rest over at Very Smart Brothas.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wrote a thing for Tonic (VICE's health situation): "This Is What Addiction Was Like Before It Became A White-People Problem"


In my third piece for Tonic (see one and two), I wrote about the realities of drug addiction before the epidemic reached rural and Middle America, thus earning sympathy and resources. I spoke with five brave folks who opened up about their journeys with drugs and how they view America's newfound compassion towards those in the struggle.


Check it out over on Tonic here.

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