week thirty-seven

Would you be cool if you weren’t family? Would you even associate yourself with those people? Recently I watched an episode of Girlfriends that made me ponder this question; long story short, Toni didn’t want one of her sisters in her wedding and only invited her to oblige their mother. I thought, I don’t care […]

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My womb is not a burial site: What is motherhood to Black women facing abortion & the loss of their children?

By Amber Butts Female octopuses die from anemia and exhaustion 2-10 months after they give birth. They spend those months protecting and cleaning their eggs. They do not eat. As my body spread over a cold chair and a doctor said words I did not understand, I shook. I took two pills and waited for… A […]

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big like you: a poetry share

My big sister said she wants to be more like me. A bigger voice. A taller presence. Sis, don’t discount what it took to get me here. And don’t write off the agony you endured being completely broken down only to be rebuilt to his exact likings. Not to compare or put levels on life’s […]

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Let’s teach our young men [and young ladies] how to be respectful. Hold them accountable. Let them express their sadness, their disappointments. Let them cry. Give them reasons to smile. Help them channel their anger. Foster their interests, talents and skills. Listen to them. Empower them. Be an example. ❤

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