Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Can I Have a Dollar?

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(True story)

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.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Earthy Anne: Rock Chariot, I Told You to Rock

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I'd rather listen to this than anything playing on the radio today. It's got more heart, rhythm, and just all around soul. Here's "Rock Chariot, I Told You to Rock," by Earthy Anne. You can't find music like this today. It's priceless and it's a part of our rich and cherished history. ""Wouldn't trade my shoes for your shoes.....wouldn't give you my wings for your wings.....wouldn't swop my grace for your grace....wouldn't give you my wings for your wings..... wouldn't trade my soul for your soul......"

Listen to the song here: Rock Chariot, I Told You to Rock

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Vera Hall: Black Woman

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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."

Tuesday, May 05, 2015


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Not everyone is going to love you. Most people don't even love themselves. -- anonymous

Friday, May 01, 2015

Marilyn Mosby: Our Time is Now

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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.)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Remember the Million Man March Pledge

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Come on y'all -- remember? I pledge, from this day forward.......

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Actress Amandla Stenberg on the Appropriation of Black Culture

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This little sister asks the provocative question: "What would America be like if we loved Black people as much as we love Black culture?"


Friday, April 10, 2015

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Ronald McNair: Eyes on the Stars

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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.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Front Yard Lavender

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Our Front Yard