Where is your attention?

Black joy comes not from denial of racial injustice, but from Black sovereignty. Sovereignty = Freedom + Power. After the (understandable) flood of grief and anger, let’s focus our collective energy and attention on building. “The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps youContinue reading “Where is your attention?”

What are you doing about screen time?

Do you worry about the influence and impact of media on our kids? Black children take in more TV, music, and online videos than other groups of children and I worry about the impact that this has on their brain development, socialization, and self-image. But I also get tired of constantly arguing with my kidsContinue reading “What are you doing about screen time?”

Coming home

The other day, I heard a really good podcast interview of Tiffany Dufu, the women’s leadership guru and powerhouse author of “Drop the Ball.” Because Tiffany is, like me, an African American working mom with a Ghanaian husband, I wanted to feel camaraderie. Her message – that modern women should learn to do less andContinue reading “Coming home”

Are your “distractions” really your guides?

I’ve always been the good student. I went to “gifted and talented” school growing up, was voted “most likely to succeed” in high school, and graduated summa cum laude after four years of university. I had found my “thing” – academics. I loved school so much that I kept going for a long, long (long,Continue reading “Are your “distractions” really your guides?”

My activism: Unapologetic Black JOY

A child of a Black Panther and an escapee of the Jim Crow South, I grew up steeped in Black pride and an understanding that one of my core duties on this Earth (and requirements for survival) was resistance to an interlocking system of oppression that would love to see me and my kinfolk destroyed,Continue reading “My activism: Unapologetic Black JOY”

What the Law of Attraction Really Means (And why it’s not that different from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Have you heard of the Law of Attraction? Of course you have.

The Simple Life (Isn’t So Simple)

“Living simply makes loving simple.” ~bell hooks Simple living is all about consciously choosing to live with less material possessions, reduced work time, and sometimes even less technology than the average modern American. How one chooses to design their simple life may look differently for each individual, but the underlying premise is to develop aContinue reading “The Simple Life (Isn’t So Simple)”

Fight, Flight, Freeze, or…Feel

Your boss walks in to your performance evaluation with a frown. A waitress gives a snarky response to your question. As you exit a store, a security officer chases after you. What is your response to each of these situations? To varying degrees, each represents a potential threat or danger to your well-being. Perhaps you’llContinue reading “Fight, Flight, Freeze, or…Feel”