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If you’re looking for guidelines about how to achieve your biggest goals in the New Year, best to heed the advice of those who are living pretty amazing existences in the hear and now. Cue up Ava DuVernay.

2015 was a defining year of social and political achievements in the African-American community, ranging from Bree Newsome relieving South Carolina of its Confederate flag to the lack of police officer indictments in the Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland cases.

How many decisions or dreams do we willingly defer while we’re waiting for the conditions to be most ideal?

In the past few years, we’ve spent quite a bit of time discussing the phenomenon of white privilege. But when it comes to turning the lens inward on Blackness, are we overpolicing success?

My personal promise for 2016? Much more of a balance between here and there, home and away. My spirit needs to soar more.

In a city with such deeply-rooted musical legacy, Philadelphia’s residents should be doing everything in our power to experience creative genius live on stage. Often.

Falling back gives you one more hour to do whatever? My Blackness is more criminally-minded, argumentative, evil than the lesser-melanated? Whatever. It’s ridiculous, really. But these issues still pose situations that have to be managed, if not conquered.

I am generally OK with my decision not to have children. But every now and then, something will trigger my latent maternal instincts. Remind me that some of the things I hold dear will indeed end with me.

Everyone has important milestones in life that they would like to meet or surpass. For me, perhaps more than most, milestones are relative. Literally.


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