Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

Where’s Kanye on the Mason-Dixon? Modern-day runaways looking back

With the acceptance of progressive culture comes the type of people who think they know everything, but really, they know absolutely nothing. As society becomes more aware of our surroundings, we become more educated in our cultural differences. Lord willing, we're more knowledgeable and accepting of those differences and embrace them without chastising their uniqueness …

Unforgivable blackness: Twitter vs. Tiffany Haddish

As black women, we are doomed to walk the very fine line between being vocal and loud, stern and abrasive, and carefree and “ghetto.” It’s disappointing when the very group you identify with is the same group that tries to knock you down, but, unfortunately, it’s not surprising. This has happened again and again to …

black girl magic: fulfilling our role as the voice of a people

We are strong. We are courageous. We have the ability to triumph through some of the most difficult tribulations that anyone's mind could even conceive and definitely through history's most shameful pasts. A blessing to be so resilient, but a curse that we carry on our backs each day, passing the weight from daughter to …

homeward-bound: life transcending after death

My legacy is not just for myself, but will carry on for my children and their children. Something future generations can carry on and claim as their own. A few weeks ago, I visited a more conservative Baptist church than where I’d normally attend. It was the stereotypical Easter-type sermon but before Resurrection Sunday: The …