A Black Mama’s Dream

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I had my oldest son in a New Orleans teaching hospital the day before a tropical storm. In fact, I left the hospital a mere ten hours after giving birth—enough time to make sure both …

Church

July 08 2014

Learning My Gifts

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Coming home from church camp that first year, I was a 14 year old on fire. I loved feeling like one of the big kids and this year of camp was different. They talked to us …

Culture

July 08 2014

nevermind the gap

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Women not employed by the beauty industrial complex will tell you that your thirties are better than your twenties, due to increased confidence and comfort in one's own skin. It's counter-intuitive, perhaps, for a culture …

Culture

July 07 2014

Blue Valentines

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The other day, I suffered a heartbreak. Nothing major--put away the bonbons. Just the kind that makes you walk with your shoulders rounded, your chest a little caved in. There were phone calls, with words traded …

Becoming Allies and Working for the Good: On #NotYourAsianSidekick

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A friend emailed me about #notyourasiansidekick. I had only heard about it maybe four hours into it trending worldwide, and had barely heard of @suey_park but something about the conversation drew me in. It reminded me …

Family

July 03 2014

The Poetics of Home

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Home. Is it defined by where you’re from or where you currently live? Is it the physical hall or the feet running through it? Is it the dining room table or the people eating at …

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