Eat Red Grapefruit With Your Hands [Poetry]

Cut it in half and half again. Eat it all now or save some for later. Use your hands. Let the succulent juice run sticky on your fingers, cheeks, lips and nose. Feel the flavorful pulp touch your tongue, fill your mouth, and slide down your throat. Peel back the thin layer separating the segments….

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Hair Myths, Finally busted. The struggle is Real Y’all!

In 29 years I’ve heard them all. From hair growth to hair thinning and greying and it’s causes: thinning, plucking, shaving, genetics, and even cutting your hair on a full moon! That’s just lunar or shall I say loonier and will not even be addressed! I’m going to do my best to explain the truths behind some…

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Change [Non-Fiction]

In the academic classroom, the instructor teaches the lessons and then the students receive the test. In the classroom of life, we’re given tests, and then the lessons follow. All around us, there is change. The change of seasons, the ebb and flow of the ocean tide. The rising sun and the nighttime moon. The…

Resistance [Non-Fiction]

In May 1968, the entire nation of France shut down.  I remember it. I thought it was amazing that an entire country could organize, mobilize unions, students, and citizens of all kinds, to make a statement of displeasure like none I had ever seen before.  DeGaulle left the country, only to return willing to make…

The Motherer [Poetry]

Sometimes, you just don’t know what to say. The underlying fear is, you’ll drive them away. The knowledge you’ve gathered over a lifetime, Means little, or nothing, on their timeline. If you spew what you believe is sage advice, They might respond with an air cold as ice. You implore them to value this one…

A New Journey with Jude [Non-Fiction]

In the winter of 2013, I came down with a nasty viral infection that I could not shake. What started out as mono turned into a chronic illness with regular bouts of pain, fevers, migraines, and extreme fatigue. Since my immune system was not functioning well, I was also vulnerable to the flu, which I…

Dorothy Dandridge: Rags, Riches, Rags, Appreciation

Pin-up beauty; Jazz Cotton Club Dancer;  Las Vegas Lounge Singer; Golden Globe Film Star.  Most importantly, she had that charm that drew the audience’s attention to her whole self.  She even had the personal friends and contacts like Marilyn Monroe, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Marilyn Horne, Sammy Davis Jr, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington.  She…

Avengers Infinity War: So, It’s Like That? [Spoiler]

So, I’m just supposed to accept this? Look, if you saw Avengers Infinity War, then I’m sure you’re feeling some kind of way about how everything turned out. In Marvel’s defense, they tried to warn us about the kind of movie we were going to watch when Thor and The Hulk were effortlessly handled by…

Ontology [Poetry]

We build our realities on just the skeleton of what we see, and we speak in hieroglyphics, and the prison door is open, but we sit in there waiting because after seeing the world through bars for so long, that’s the only way it looks right. Freedom ain’t no gift; it’s a curse; it’s a…