I do Smile sometimes

Cooning is a verb derived from the word coon. A coon was/is a person of African decent whose sole purpose was/is to entertain white people. These 'coons' started out as wearing black face, characterized by having big eyes and painting big red lips on their face. These people would tap…

Smart on Arrival

Smart on Arrival What would be better? To give birth to a young African American boy knowing the challenges he will face or to not comprehend the dilemmas? As I ponder this thought I considered a thought the great Frederick Douglas stated in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick…

Code switching? Caroline Graves

[caption id="attachment_7859" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Great, Great, Great Grandmother Caroline Graves.[/caption] Caroline Graves Code switching is the evolution and adaptation to survive in the American diaspora. It has been the response to cultural, social and economic deprivation. We have a generation adults who do not even want to know the history.…

Organized Vanity

Organized Vanity Vanity by definition: 1. excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity. 2. an instance or display of this quality or feeling. 3. something about which one is vain…

The Answers

The Answers [caption id="attachment_8419" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Author Troya Bishop, M.Ed.[/caption] I had the pleasure and honor of reading Troya Bishops, M.Ed., The Answers, A Parent’s Guide to Discussing Racism with Children. I wish I had this book several years ago when my children were becoming teenagers. The only subject that…

Reminisce

Reminisce [caption id="attachment_8406" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Wedding Day 10-17-97The Hicks, Andrews, Wilson, Oden Family and Friends[/caption] Many are blessed with the historical character and timing to be introspective when met with challenges. When a grown man takes the time to analyze what they have done right and what they have done wrong…