How Shaniqua and Shikwanda Are Winning The Name Game

“My name is Shaniqua,” said a blogger I met at a luncheon in mid-town Manhattan. Shaniqua? I did a double take. She gave me her card. As soon as I got home, I was all over my computer, genuinely curious to see what a website I presumed to be “ghetto” looked like. Hmm…it was nice…and there ...

How Dianne Smith Turned A Domestic Violence Incident Into Art

“He pushed me on the bed, pinned me down, and started punching me in the face,” recalls Harlem-based artist Dianne Smith, the night her 6’6, 270 lb. boyfriend assaulted her. It was the first time anything like that had ever happened, and when she asked him to go, he refused. She considered calling the police, however, she couldn’t ...

Writing For The Fun Of It

It's late and I just feel like writing. A funny thing happens when you end up doing the thing you love for a living. Most of the time you don't love it. You tolerate it because you know that without it you'd have to find another way to make a living. So tonight it's just ...

Finding Justice In Douglasville, Georgia

Like many recently, I was on cloud nine when I heard about the heavy sentence a white supremacist couple got in Georgia. Kayla Norton and Jose “Joe” Torres (though I don't know any white supremacists named Jose) got a combined 19 years for pulling a gun out on a bunch of little black kids at ...