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Upon Giving Zero Fucks About Puerto Rico

All of this has me wondering if Cuba’s distance from the US saved it from such horrific events that happened with Puerto Rico. 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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#StupidQuestionsWhitePeopleAsk

Do not mistake our dislike of a system created to suppress us as angry about life. Do not mistake our bluntness with words as being rude, it’s simply not sugar coated. Do not mistake a dashiki, an afro, or even a license to carry a concealed weapon as militant–we just want to be free. Continue reading

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My Writing Process (or “Gods Mourn Too”)

In my head, and from a writer’s perspective, writers are Gods. We create and we destroy. We reward and we punish. And yet we, too, mourn. No one wants to punish or destroy their creations. We, writers, mourn. We, writers, grieve. Most often we emote privately because no one will understand why such grief, so it’s easier to do it in seclusion. Continue reading

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National September 11 Memorial Museum and Commercialism

Beyond all of the Missing Persons photos online and all over the city, one of the main things I remember was a t-shirt stand selling memorabilia. A t-shirt stand that sold low-end t-shirts that (beyond the ghetto-fabulousness of them) caught my eye. A t-shirt stand that was just a simple card table set up along all the dust and rubble, about 3 blocks from Ground Zero, and close to my then office. It stood out among the rest. Continue reading

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My Faith in Writing

I have faith that when my dark moments arise (as they always do when least expected) like an unwanted forest fire, destroying everything in my view, and I begin to choke on life, my thoughts can turn to my beacons of hope, the writers before me who found their way out of self-destruction and slay the psychological demons one more time. Continue reading

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From One Writer to Another: I Wish I Would Have Known

Simply because something is published and makes great money, doesn’t mean it’s well written or written with purpose for today or tomorrow. Continue reading

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The Park of Dogs

In the park of dogs, I was told that I should be thankful that I didn’t have to work with them (the Puerto Ricans) and supported their beliefs by saying that “those people” were lazy, take too many vacation days, come into work late (or leave too early), and how the system here is so broken and dates back so many generations that no one sees it as wrong. Continue reading

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From African to African American and the traditions that kept us alive

The African-American men had been psychologically destroyed by slavery and the notion that they had no power over themselves or their wives. This was the first time African-American men were able to take control. Like the husband in “The Color Purple” these men now overpowered their wives. Many African-American men would use “God” as justification for such mistreatment. They would, ironically, quote the same thing their former slave masters had said, “Slaves obey your Masters” followed by “Wives obey your husbands” (Colossians 3:18,12). Slave masters once used these quotes to justify the beating of slaves. African-American men used this same quote to command passive obedience. Continue reading

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Slave Cemeteries: Finding Inspiration in Preservation

We reach a dead end at most attempts to research our history unlike our White counterparts who can claim their ancestor touched the Magna Carta, shook Shakespeare’s hand, or navigated a slave ship that took my ancestors to America or to any of the islands in the Caribbean. Blacks have to make up things and end up passing down lies from generation to generation. Continue reading

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