Category Archives: In the News

Lethal Lottery (Trayvon 2.0)

I’ve blogged about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the criminalization of black males. The tragedy still weighs heavily on my mind, especially in light of the smear campaign launched against the slain teen. Author and colleague Alicia McCalla … Continue reading


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Remembering Jamiel Shaw and Trayvon Martin

Five years ago, I attended the funeral of a 17-year-old boy who’d been murdered. His name was Jamiel Shaw. I didn’t know him, wasn’t acquainted with his parents. I have never gone to the homegoing ceremony of a total stranger. … Continue reading


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Speaking from My Scars: Advice to Rihanna from an Abuse Survivor

After Rihanna and Chris Brown dropped their collabo for her song “Birthday Cake,” reaction from the Twitterverse, entertainment blogs and feminist sites was swift and often merciless. Commenters seemed to be divided into three factions: Those who believe the Bajan … Continue reading

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The Escape from Beckyville Message Boards Are Here!

Virtual book club, anyone? I’m pouring the (cyber) Riesling and Pinot Noir. You bring the convo. Kay? I knew I was overdue for a community to discuss Escape from Beckyville. Lynda, a super talented artist I met in Philadelphia a … Continue reading

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Delivering Some Good News about Escape from Beckyville!

When I was 11, I had a paper route, delivering The Times Herald in the Pennsylvania community of Whitpain Hills where I lived. It was my first job. I was excited about folding the stack of newspapers and placing the … Continue reading

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