He’s Black and He’s Human: An Open Letter Against Implicit Bias.

At first glance he’s a swagged-out hip-hop head. His Beats by Dre headphones boom with songs by Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Drake, and Biggie. With both ears pierced, he rocks a little bling. He’s a sneaker collector, rocking Air Jordans and Roshes. And he has a hat to match all his kicks. To many, […]

The Crystal Stair Series: Jamie to Son.

The Crystal Stair Series, named for Langston Hughes’ iconic poem, “Mother to Son,” is an ongoing initiative that provides a platform for mothers to tell the world about their beautiful, complicated black and brown sons. In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict two weeks ago, one of our wonderful community members, Damali Robertson presented […]

I Am No Sybrina Fulton: On Single Mothers, Loss, and Hope.

Here is the difference: I can check out. There are days when my heart holds vigil, when I can consume commentary from useful and inspiring angles and I can be useful and inspiring myself. Then, there are days like today, when I am so overcome with empathy and when what’s happened to Sybrina Fulton feels […]

Open Season: Jordan Davis, Kasandra Perkins, and Jovan Belcher.

This weekend, two unspeakable acts of violence involving black parents and black children made national headlines: the murders of unarmed 17-year-old Jordan Davis and the murder of 22-year-old new mother Kasandra Michelle Perkins at the hands of her boyfriend Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher eventually turned the gun on himself, leaving the couple’s […]