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Cambridge Chronicles, Letter 3: On Quitting My Corporate Gig
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Cambridge Chronicles, Letter 3: On Quitting My Corporate Gig

Posted September 25th, 2019 by in Cambridge Chronicles

Dear Reader, Yes I’m at Cambridge now (well London today, but I’ve spent a couple of days on campus and heading back now). Of course my first priority is looking for melanin. Strikingly most Black folk on campus did not do the head nod, the acknowledgement, the smile that celebrates the fact that they see […]

Hacking Grad School Admissions After 30
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Hacking Grad School Admissions After 30

Posted August 26th, 2019 by in Grad School

When you’ve been out of school for a whole century, the idea of grad school can be incredibly intimidating. Throw in the fact that you’re crazy ambitious enough to decide that you want an ivy league school, and you’ve now multiplied the doubts and fears by 100. But you want this badly, so you push […]

Black, Radical and Christian. But How?
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Black, Radical and Christian. But How?

Posted January 4th, 2019 by in Spirituality

When I became politicized by the stories and writings of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Assata Shakur, Marcus Garvey and so many others, Christianity began to feel like a polarizing religion of colonization and Black oppression.

Do the Brits Make Better Music than the Yankees?
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Do the Brits Make Better Music than the Yankees?

Posted December 28th, 2018 by in Musik

Every time I go looking for soul-stirring music, comfort music, make love to your best friend music, somehow I get pointed to the Brits. Sam Smith’s first album–with the Black woman living inside of him–instantly rebounded me from a particularly depressive state. I’ve discovered British soul music the way Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. It’s always […]

Letters to My Pre-Teen Daughter: Letter II
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Letters to My Pre-Teen Daughter: Letter II

Posted September 30th, 2018 by in Blog

More hair tips before I forget. We talked about twists. You have to get really good at making ewedu and egusi and efo since these are your favorite greens and you need to eat greens everyday to keep your hair–and everything else–healthy.   So wash your hair with warm water, shampoo optional. You can use […]

Letters to My Preteen Daughter: Letter I
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Letters to My Preteen Daughter: Letter I

Posted September 20th, 2018 by in Uncategorized

When I was a child, and I would watch movies in which a dying mother would film or write letters to her children, I always thought it was such a loving and powerful gesture. Thankfully, I’m not dying, l’agbara Olorun. But since we’ve had this rare opportunity to sit at home together this summer, and […]