The MOJO

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It’s now been 5 years since my father made transition. I miss him terribly, but when his birthday rolls around, I am more buoyed by the remembrances of what I learned from him (and about him) while he was here.

We tend to toss around some terms very loosely, and the word “radical” has been coopted by mainstream culture to denigrate some of the best aspects of Black resistance. It’s time to snatch it back.

This week is my coming out, of sorts. Not sexually, but ethnically. I’m claiming an identity that I’ve only recently felt empowered to embrace. And it’s scary, but wonderful.

WURD was on the scene for a recent visit by civil rights activist and former United National Ambassador Andrew Young, Jr.

Blizzard survival tactics are clearly different for the family folks and those of us who are single and childless. But when it comes to more than a foot of snow, we’re all trying to get through the best way we know how.

The philosophy of #BlackGirlMagic is undeniable. And while there are plenty of examples of this in women and girls I pass on the streets daily, Erykah Badu is an embodiment of the beauty, grace and playfulness that Black Girl Magic is all about.

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.

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?


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