Reclaiming My Joy

Reclaiming My Joy

Social media wears me out. The current political climate drains me. I see more hate than joy. Even though I told myself that this year would be the year of Black Boy Joy, I mentally and emotionally checked myself out. The intent was fierce, but the follow-through was lackluster. I turned 30 back in January,…

What am I to do? Nothing Makes Sense.

What am I to do? Nothing Makes Sense.

What am I to do? I’ve been asking myself this all day today, as I sat in silence, binge watching Boondocks on Netflix. Right now, silence is all I have because I can barely speak on what has transpired this entire week. Whatever creativity I had left has dried up. Two years. January 31st, 2014…

Slay of the Day: Tank and the Bangas!

Slay of the Day: Tank and the Bangas!

    Whimsical, soulful, and sweet describes today’s Slay of the Day; and it’s brought to you by the awesomely eclectic, Tank and the Bangas! You are treated to a light and fun performance of “Boxes and Squares,” on GRAMMY Pro Buzzin’. Even more awesome, I know the lead vocalist/poet, Tarriona “Tank” Ball! Back in…

19 to Now: A Love Letter to Birmingham

19 to Now: A Love Letter to Birmingham

  Dear Birmingham,   October has come, and now it’s almost gone. Before I can let this month end, I must sing my October Song. And this time, I dedicate this song to my fair city, my home, you. Our relationship has been a rocky one for some years now. Most of this rockiness comes…

I'd rather be a liar

I’d rather be a liar

  I don’t want to be honest. It doesn’t get any easier being transparent. I’d rather be a liar. I’d rather live in delusion, cultivating grand fiction of my ideal self. I promise you if I had the energy to pretend, I definitely would. I’m afraid to fully be me. I give bits and pieces…

For Stephen Maglott: A Thank You

For Stephen Maglott: A Thank You

It was August 14, 2016 when I learned about the passing of Stephen Maglott. At first, I didn’t believe the Facebook status I read. Soon after, I saw another status confirming what I feared. Stephen is no longer with us. We lost an important figure in our community, and our hearts go out to Stephen’s…