ON TODAY’S POST: The most anticipated African American Books 2021 Book List recommended by the Detroit Public Library. Add these great forthcoming books to read by Black writers to your 2021 reading list! What books are on your 2021 reading list right now? Last year, I set a reading goal for myself to read twenty… Read More 10 Most Anticipated African American Books to Add to Your 2021 Reading List
How are you doing? Last week, I had planned to share new content, but after last Wednesday’s horrific mob attack on Capitol Hill, I decided it was best to reschedule my posts for a later date. It was difficult staying focused last week. Did you feel this way, too? I normally don’t share political posts… Read More How are you doing?
I recently discovered a new Detroit street fashion brand called the Bleed Collection. Have you heard of it yet? The Bleed Collection features a “Bleed Detroit” line that shows love for Detroit. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to Bleed Collection’s founder Gary Pearson and learn more about his streetwear… Read More Bleed Collection Founder Gary Pearson on Sharing Detroit Love and Positivity
When I first met hip hop artist Mahogany Jones, it was July 2017 at a hip hop celebration event in Southwest Detroit. I remember it well because I was super pregnant with Zephaniah (baby #5). She probably doesn’t remember this, but I had passed by her while walking into the Southwest Detroit Welcome Center and… Read More Five Questions with Hip Hop Artist Mahogany Jones
How was your week? We had a busy week with getting our minivan fixed (so many unfortunate events happened with our old van), visiting Santa George at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (so fun!), and working on homeschool lessons. I also had the opportunity to participate in a Giving Tuesday fundraiser event, which I detail down… Read More Happy Friday!
Last week, we went to Southwest Detroit to view Día de Los Muertos Ofrendas at local businesses. For the past three years now, we have reserved time at the end of October for our homeschool studies to learn about Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The kids showed a great interest in learning… Read More Exploring Día de Los Muertos Ofrendas in Southwest Detroit
Every night when he comes home from work, I can hear Elijah’s music playing loudly on his portable speaker. He attaches it to the handlebars of his bike so he can listen to his music while he rides to and from work. This is also how I know he’s made it home safely because I… Read More Big Sean’s ‘Detroit 2’ Album Has Been on Heavy Rotation at My House (and for a Very Good Reason)
I didn’t have time to watch the DNC and RNC in real-time when both conferences were televised. I was busy catching up on sleep, among other mom life things. However, I have been taking some time to watch the different speeches from the conventions on YouTube. It was while watching Senator Kamala Harris’ speech that… Read More Voting for Our Future
The day after Independence Day, Travis and I went for a walk in Downtown Detroit. I was eight months pregnant at the time and I wanted to take some pictures in the city. It was our first time (since March) being downtown since the pandemic hit. City walks are one of my favorite things to… Read More Downtown Detroit Social Justice Signs
Last Friday, we lost two great civil rights leaders: U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA) and Reverend Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian. Mr. Lewis (80) died after a battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and Rev. C.T. Vivian (95) died of natural causes. Both men devoted their lives to peacefully fight for equal rights for Black Americans… Read More Never Be Afraid to Get in Good Trouble
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you probably know by now that I am obsessed with the FX television show Pose. Yes, I know I’m tardy to the party because I’m just now discovering the primetime drama. I usually watch popular network TV shows a few months to a year after its… Read More If You Do Just One Thing This Weekend, Binge-Watch Pose FX!
Today is the 57th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. He was killed on June 12, 1963 by Byron De La Beckwith, a Ku Klux Klan member, in the driveway of his home. Evers’ wife Myrlie and their children were inside of their home at the time. “On June 12, 1963,… Read More Remembering Medgar Evers
Today’s post is a #throwback from March 5, 2019. Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, VP of Strategic Affairs and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) shared a beautiful essay on Good Life Detroit that she wrote in honor of Black Women’s History Month. I thought this piece would be fitting to reshare in… Read More When a Black Woman Walks Into a Room
Today’s post is a guest post by activist and writer Emelda. She was so kind as to share her thoughts on the recent protests for support of Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and all who have lost their lives to police violence. By Emelda “Black rage is founded on blatant denial.… Read More For Breonna, George, Ahmaud, and All of Us on the Margins
I am amazed at how many cities across the country are holding peaceful protests. I’ve been seeing more and more communities coming together to protest against police brutality and seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans who have lost their lives to police violence. In the last few days, there have… Read More What You Can Do If You’re Not Able to Participate in a Peaceful Protest
The past few days, I have been keeping up with the news on the mass protests from different U.S. cities. The “Justice for George Floyd” protests first started in Minneapolis and then over the course of just a few short days, many cities in the U.S. held their own peaceful protests to stand in solidarity… Read More 10 Quotes on Standing Up Against Racism
The last few days have been hard. I’ve been reading news articles, op-eds, blog posts, and social media posts about the tragic death of George Floyd and how others are feeling right now. Many people are hurting and are devastated because of his death. I can’t even begin to imagine what his family, friends, and… Read More On Speaking Out
Tomorrow is Super Tuesday in our state of Michigan, as well as Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington. Are you planning on voting? We all have a candidate and national/local issues that are important to us so this is not a post to advocate for a particular candidate. Instead, I thought I’d share a… Read More I Vote Because…
In celebration of Black History Month, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History compiled a list of 54 must-read African American books. The book list is divided into three categories: adult fiction, nonfiction, and children & young adult African American literature. You can scroll down to see The Wright’s recommended reading list. My… Read More 54 Must-Read African American Books Recommended by The Wright
TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins’ life is one filled with overcoming insurmountable odds and finding blessings in unexpected places. Watkins was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at the age of seven and spend much of her childhood in and out of hospitals due to episodes with the potentially fatal condition. She was told she wouldn’t make… Read More T-Boz on TLC’s Legacy, Touring with Chilli and Beating the Odds