My Prayers To Protect My Children From Racism:

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Recently, there has been an uptick in racism in my community.  While I have been keenly aware of the dangerous racial rhetoric in our nation that came from the election of President Trump and writing and fighting to stop it, I didn’t think it the direct racism, of MAGA crew, […]

Why I Did Not Watch, “America To Me”

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“I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.” – James Baldwin Our  West suburban community has been captivated by the Starz docu-series, “America to Me.” In the series, Oak Park parent and documentary filmmaker Steve James highlights some of the racial issues that continue to plague […]

Advice on How to Win High School Regardless of Your Disabilities From Someone Who Has Been There, Too.

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MY FIRST GUEST COLUMNIST!  OMG, I am so excited to share this piece written by my dear friend, fellow disability advocate, proud Harry Potter loving friend, Megan!  Seriously, I love this girl and am so honored that she shared her story and advise with me on my new blog!  Please […]

God Loves You and I Apologize If Christians Told You Differently

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National Coming Out Day A public apology to all members of the GLBTQ community: I want to apologize and make you a promise. Although some people will say it is silly for one person to apologize for an entire community, I disagree. I think if you are a part of […]

My Ancestors Were African Rice Farmers Who Were Enslaved to Produced Rice In America.

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One of my dreams as a child was to know what part of Africa my family was from. I grew up in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which was full of immigrants and ethnic Whites who had strong ties to their “homelands.” I am proud of my Arkansas heritage, but that’s not […]

I Am Disabled. Disabled Means Different, Not Broken.

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The most difficult part of this whole, “admitting I am disabled” journey, has been, well, admitting I am disabled. And, since I don’t “look disabled” usually I can pretend. I just hang out at home, or church, or at my “office” the wonderful LIVE cafe, and mostly in my bed, […]

Chrissy Teigen Inspires ‘Say My Name Right’ Challenge

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This week, the Twitterverse exploded when Chrissy Teigen—supermodel, social justice activist, wife to the first Black male EGOT winner, John Legend, and Twitter bad-ass—confessed, that for the last 10 years, she has been too scared to correct people on the pronunciation of her name! Teigen’s, last name is pronounced “Tie-gen” […]

What Happened to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open Happens to Black Girls in School Every Day

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Serena Williams, decidedly the greatest athlete of our generation, is no stranger to the obstacles of being a strong, Black woman. This past weekend at the U.S. Open in the final match between her and Naomi Osaka, Williams—who was competing for her 24th Grand Slam tournament win—was charged with three […]

A Back To School Love Letter to Parents of Kids With Special Needs/Disabilities

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Dear Fellow Parent Warriors, While every parent has strong feelings as a new school year approaches—excitement, nerves, even a little worry—our special tribe of parents with children who have IEPs (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 plans feel all those feelings plus some. Our worries are much more complex than just […]

White Women, Racism, Lies, and #MeToo

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*This piece was inspired by the Aziz Ansari’s sexual assault allegation a few months back.  “White Women’s fear of Black men and men of color as dangerous is often wrong” and that is the danger of “Grace’s” allegation against Aziz Ansari. *“Grace” is completely anonymous and we have no idea of […]