Category Archives: Gender

King of Shame (poetry + photography)

  The King of Shame takes a bow, contempts his whores as nighttime cash-cows. They think he cares, but he abhors those he lays at the seashore on a foul mattress with distressing springs left with a scent and a one-night fling. … Continue reading

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Post-Election Thoughts: The hate that hate produced

We are a country that shames other countries for cutting off hands if you steal; but we give a 3-month jail sentence to a rapist. We are a country that considers religious headwraps as suppression of women, yet we praised a man’s behavior toward his gestures toward woman as “locker room talk”. Continue reading

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Living in Fear: What will change America’s view on law enforcement’s treatment of Blacks

America is also intimidated by Black males. Unless we are smiling, tapdancing around, and constantly making jokes. We are deemed an angry defensive threat. Continue reading

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The Sargasso Sea: On Being an Outsider

Friends know which buttons to press but they don’t press them. Importantly, genuine friends and loved ones don’t make others feel like an outsider simply because of their race, class, or gender. Continue reading

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Words for Sean Bell and Thoughts on Troy Davis

I wrote the following piece “Words for Sean Bell [1]” right when he was shot and murdered by NYPD. It was also in my book, “Cold, Black, and Hungry”. I’m not sure of the relation, but with the Troy Davis … Continue reading

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Sleeping in Shame

My episodes of sadness and becoming introverted were partially brought on because I had a secret. I was ashamed. And, shame attempted to devour me. No one else knew of my secret except my immediate family—I wet the bed until … Continue reading

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Talking Race Relations in the Classroom: The Art of Being a “Practically White” Teacher

by Sumeeta Patnaik Talking about race is always a prickly issue in the classroom with students’ eager to assert their own politically correct views of race relations today. With the election three years ago of the nation’s first biracial president, Barack … Continue reading

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