Further Evidence that P.G. County is Indeed Wakanda

Homelands are tricky when you are of African descent. They are elusive.  They seem more whimsical than concrete.  This is perhaps why we all fell so deeply in love with Black Panther’s Wakanda. The notion of a place where Blackness in its variations roams so carelessly free feels so damn good and yet so damn…

On Breakthroughs

It was in teaching ESL that I learned that the present tense is the tense that doesn’t define the actual present, but rather the routine, the ongoing, the habit. Figuring it out is always a present tense reality. Continuous.  It is a routine, a way of being. On some days, I wake up. I say…

Songs of Yemaya, Visibility, and the Independence of Black Women

July 4, 2018 It has been one year since I first released Songs of Yemaya, an intersectional collection of  literary voices by 24 Black women.   A few weeks ago, I spoke before an interested,  Bahai fireside in Washington, DC presenting Songs of Yemaya and my research on the Black women that preceded me.  I began…