Daily Prayer: For Healing

As I navigate this plight across the Afrikan Diaspora, I am in constant need of inspiration.  You will find here a passage from Paul Laurence Dunbar - a reminder that once you have honored the struggle with action, then take the time to heal.  Dunbar was a courageous and brilliant poet.  His works are truly [...]

Verses: Knocking off the Nerves

Whenever I feel the heavy burdens of life I reach out to a hip-hop verse that I know pretty well.  It gives me a familiar feeling and I feel powerful because I know the verse so well. Quick tip:  As I sat in the car waiting to interview for my current librarian position, I listened [...]

Hip Hop, Is that YOU?!?

You all already know why I'm asking that question, right?   For the past decade or more, rap music has become outright terrifying.  I was just about to hang it up!  Talib went Tweet, twat mad, Busta Bus falling off stages (with the Luvs my CoCo dude - No!!!) Yasin Bey b.k.a. Mos Def fled [...]

“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Doubt - Death - Disillusion?   I have grown tired of living in a world full of hate and hurt.  Whenever I begin to break out of such limited thinking and living, I found that so many negative energies seemingly exist just to put me back.  I'm often reminded that... "Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady"  [...]

Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

(So, this happened a year ago - but the experience is long-lasting)   Yep, I splurged a little, made a quick road trip to downtown Toledo, OH and was escorted by ushers to the FIRST ROW of the Valentine Theatre.  After a short wait, popcorn and a whiskey sour, the lights went out, and the performance [...]

Daily Prayer: For Our Children

Defend Lord, these Thy children in all their work and all their prayer. Spread among them the desire to know and learn and do. Let them grow in the capacity for worthy work and in all their working and thinking let them not forget the host of witnesses about them - those that love and those [...]