Texas Democrats have been getting into what former Congressman John Lewis would call good trouble — fleeing the state and heading to the White House in efforts to prevent the state legislature from passing laws that will suppress the votes of Black and Brown people. Thus far, seventeen states have enacted twenty-eight laws making it strenuous for citizens during the next election. Such laws began to pass shortly after the 2020 election. Texas already has some of the most conflicting and stricter voter laws compare to other states. …
The epidemic of racism has caused a pandemic to our mental health
As we approach the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month, I couldn’t help but think of the many tragedies African Americans have endured that have tampered with our mental health. Many of our catastrophies live on repeat.
Covid has cost countless jobs, cars, homes, relationships, marriages, children, physical and mental health. Covid has customized our living arrangements in ways we disapprove of but have no other choice but to accept. With that said, covid has a vaccination, a two-part vaccination. …
These pernicious views are causing black girls and women their mental health.
I was eight years old when I realized that girls, black girls, in particular, were treated differently than boys. I subconsciously understood "boys will be boys" without having a title to latch to the experiences I was having.
As a naturally quiet introvert, my intuition always fights for me. Being wrong is rare for me when it comes to studying other people's behavior.
The moment when my aunt summoned me to come into the house to inform me of my wrongdoings, a ball of confusion set in.
“I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster”- Sha’Carri Richardson.
Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old Dallas Texas native and Louisiana State University student who became noticeable in 2019, set the collegiate record in the 100-meter dash as a freshman at LSU with a 10.75 score. Richardsons victorious breakout moment in what seemed to be an overnight rise to success happened just last month when she won the 100-meter dash with a 10.87 score at the U.S. track and field Olympic trials in Oregon.
The young sprinter had her eyes on the prize and her heart set on her dreams…
Remarkably carved by nail scarred hands
Her beauty is refined and adulterate in one line
Aesthetically pleasing to the eyes
But there’s more than meets the eye.
Confidently she strides
With a glide of extra poise
As she smoothed along both genders
Stop and stare.
Her pace garners an honorable gaze
She’s your front and center stage
Unapologetic in all her ways
When she speaks
The universe gives her praise
A bodacious mastermind.
Her crown sits even upon her head
She adjusts the crown of other Queens
She’s your extraordinary in puddles of mediocracy.
With few words
Her presence demands…
Our democracy’s founding ideals were false
when they were written.
Black Americans have fought to make them true. — Nikole Hannah-Jones
Pulitzer Prize Winner and Author Nikole Hannah-Jones is widely regarded for her 1619 project, which reframes the hypocrisy we’ve too long known as history. However, she has been heavily criticized by white supremacists. For example, twelve white male historians claim she’s rewriting history. But that is just a cover-up for what their ancestors have done to this country. …
roses and flowers alike
blossom and spike
when watered with
tender, loving care
sunflowers — a dash of good luck
daises — sprinkle happiness and friendship
if and when the salt pours its bitterness
the roses and flowers alike lose their meanings.
Tagging Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她) who created this cool emoji challenge.
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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced” — James Baldwin.
When often met with the question, why do I write about racism; I am never offended per se at the question alone. It is an appalling question because my reasons are valid, authentic, and derive from a passionate place due to the injustices towards my people. What I do take issue with is when asked with a negative undertone. I wonder if those asking are opposing my position as a writer?
Candidly, I have always been voiceless when it pertains…
Writer. Reader. Lover of Freedom. Activist. My Twitter is @samedra_writes