Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Last evening someone was pounding on my door like it was an emergency. I opened the blinds but didn't see anyone -- then I looked down. It was a little girl who must have been about 6 years old. When I opened the door she said with urgency, "Can I have a dollar?"
"Where's your momma?" I said.
"She's at work."
"Who's at home with you?"
"My sisters......can I have a dollar? I don't have any money and the ice cream truck is here."
"Oh.....OK... Will a dollar do it?"
"OK. Let me go get it."
I went to my purse, pulled out the dollar and handed it to her.
"What's your name?" I asked.
"Nice to meet you Z----. My name is Ms. Alicia."
She waved and ran off to get her ice cream.
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 5/12/2015 11:51:00 AM
Friday, May 08, 2015
Listen to the song here: Rock Chariot, I Told You to Rock
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 5/08/2015 12:57:00 PM
Thursday, May 07, 2015
I just discovered Vera Hall y'all. I'm speechless and yes I WILL be ordering some of her music. Her voice is simply spellbinding. From what I remember, I believe my maternal grandmother's singing voice was similar to this. "Don't your kitchen feel lonesome, when your biscuit roller gone?" That's poetry right there.
Now you have to listen to a this man sing "Black Woman."
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 5/07/2015 12:24:00 PM
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Friday, May 01, 2015
This is one of the most important spoken word pieces I've heard or seen. This is history right here and Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought it home to us today! Thank you Ms. Mosby. At least we know somebody is on the case, seeking justice for Freddie Gray and his family. (Big sigh of relief.)
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 5/01/2015 12:56:00 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
This little sister asks the provocative question: "What would America be like if we loved Black people as much as we love Black culture?" Indeed!
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 4/16/2015 02:16:00 PM
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
This StoryCorps animation is not only fascinating because it shows the tenacity of a young Ronald McNair, who became the second African American to enter space, but also because he's from the home of my paternal grandfather, the very small Lake City, South Carolina.
Posted by Alicia Benjamin at 4/09/2015 03:09:00 PM