Learning to Accept Silence

I am often resistant to accepting advice from others. Like Prince, I perform a graceful embodiment of an air of casual arrogance – a talent, I think, as women continue to face pressure to be overtly malleable especially to the opinions of men and men-centric society. Every once in a while, however, there is a…

Mastering Emotional Volatility

Guidance is as irritating to youth as taxes are to working adults with no dependents. “Don’t tell me what to do with my life!” is now our “Why does the Government get to decide what I do with my money?”. I feel it, but still feel qualified to give my two cents. For reasons only…

Thoughts While At Gardella’s on a Saturday Night

A short write up of inner thoughts and happenings from a typical Saturday at Gardella’s Tavern in Grand Rapids, MI.    The line just got really short, really fast. I wonder if they’re still letting people in. Nevermind, it was the $5 cover charge that apparently is turning everyone away. (wonder what they think cover…

Too Many Sheep, Part 1.

I am the youngest 7th grader in my school. I come home, and go to sleep. Everyday, same thing. My mom drags me out of bed, I sleep on the bus to school, I nod off in first period, sitting up. I sleep on the bus home from school, sleep when I come home, wake…

How To Say Something Meaningful

Last year, I did an interview with the lovely Kt for WYCE discussing my journey in poetry since I left Dartmouth 1 year and 10 days ago that day. (Can you tell I got my ivy league diploma and dipped? Yeah, that’s what happened.) Me? Speak explicitly about the pieces I’ve written as though I identify…

When We’re Surrounded By Bad News

Changing my Facebook status from “single” to “In A Relationship” is the first step to a new love, in my opinion. I do this for a few reasons, one of them being that in an age of unprecedented instant gratification and access to anyone, anywhere, at any time, changing my status helps random men and…

To Be Mulatto in Times of Black Death | Part One

When Jesse Williams accepted BET’s Humanitarian award, I wasn’t paying attention. Light-skinned activists aren’t an endangered species, so why should I stop what I’m doing to listen to another light-skinned male tell a group full of variously hued Black folks his vision for our liberation? My President is Black, and I certainly haven’t listened to…

It Happened During Pride Month: Art, Leadership, and Orlando, FL

Last night, I attended Rock the Block’s afterparty featuring Dead Prez, Bedrock: The Foundation, March Forth Productions, The Great Ones,  Dayz, and Spoken Word Artist Azizi Jasper at Linc. While the event was amazing, unfortunately my attention was focused on something I saw earlier on social media. This public post came from an artist in the local…