When I speak to black men my age (and older), I get this general consensus that they feel invisible; like no one believes them about the things with which they struggle. Of course this wasn’t explicitly articulated to me in these words, But as I went through this week’s conversation, I started thinking about other … Continue reading The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series: Episode 5: The Case of the Invisible Black Man
I used to think men were some sort of secret maze. But then I had a son … And I realized that they are just really tall, little boys with a range of emotions and experiences layered atop. Now, I don’t mean that in any demeaning sense, but simply that they are more vulnerable and … Continue reading TheLadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series — Episode 3: Men are Just Tall Boys … and That’s OK
“I’m one of those people … where I don’t know if anyone truly loves me … I really don’t know if anyone does.” Being a mother can be hard … and lonely. Shit, being a person can be hard … and lonely. So how we approach parenting can be hard … and lonely. Because before we’re … Continue reading The LadyWrites82 Presents: The People Series — Episode 1: Motherhood
The first day of fall was this past Saturday, September 22. And while I’m usually super ready for the leaves to start falling, warm drinks, and hoodies, this year it feels ... Bittersweet. Because I spent my summer painting outside beneath the stars … and I’m going to miss it. As I put the last few … Continue reading Dear Summer: Put your Clothes on and Get Out … We Had Our Run but it’s Over
“She’s a whore!” he said. And if the eyebrows (that I’d carefully drawn of my face that morning) traveled any further up my face they would have flown off into the atmosphere.
There’s a lesson to be learned in everything; every experience; every situation (hence the references to Cardi and social justice in this blog's title). And this week for me, was no exception. Let’s start by taking a trip down memory lane … *insert whimsical piano here to transition Anddddd go! I was in the 5th … Continue reading Let’s Talk! From Cardi B to Social Justice Warriors: Talk that Shit! And Live that Shit!
I like lists. Y’all like lists. So I started to make one of all of the things that happened in pop culture and politics this weekend. We had MGK and Eminem; then there was Colin and Nike; there was even a bunch of chatter about that Bobby Brown biopic. But then I realized I’ve had … Continue reading Let’s Take a Break from the BS … Rawrrrrr! Three Reasons Why Issa Rae is My Spirit Animal
Le sigh … Azealia … Banks … Double Le sigh! Why the respiratory distress about this young lady? Because I have a love/”hate” thing going with Ms. Banks. I love that she marches to the beat of her own symphony. But I cannot stand some of the things that come out of her mouth … … Continue reading Giving the Medicine with the Candy: Unwinding Azealia Banks and this “Wild ‘n Out” Fiasco
Throughout the last two weeks, celebrity Twitter fingers have been twittering, Shade Rooms have been shade rooming, and Instastories have been storying … and while I just made some of those verbs up, one thing that doesn’t live in the land of make believe is the domestic violence accusations flying around between Nicki Minaj and … Continue reading Giving the Medicine with the Candy: The Nicki Vs. Safaree Edition – A.K.A – “But, you chose her, bro!”
THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS, SO IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 6 OF "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK" (OITNB), PLEASE DON’T READ THIS. I REALLY DON’T WANT TO READ THE ANGRY EMAILS. SO SAVE YOUR PITCHFORKS AND RHYTHMIC CHANTING FOR SOMEONE ELSE. I tell everyone that I have the attention span of a ferret on meth … Continue reading Bad Decisions, Expectations, and Privilege: 4 Things I Learned from Season 6 of OITNB