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When you’re writing two weekly columns, doing television commentary and hosting a daily radio show, there’s very little glamour involved. In my darkest moments, I am huddled in a bathroom with a phone and computer.

After decades of running and resisting, Sonia Sanchez locked down a permanent residence in Philadelphia. And after 30 years or so, her vast influence in this amazing-but-troubled city is finally being fully celebrated.

There is a thread on Black Twitter called #HappyBlackGirlDay, where posts are used to uplift and celebrate Black femininity. In the wake of Sandra Bland’s death and so many other insults and insensitivity toward sisterhood, this social media practice feels more like urgent necessity.

There are many more people waking up in America today, in light of the Charleston church shooting, feeling anxious and afraid about the safety of Black folks in this country. A gunman’s bullet has reminded us that most of us really are homeless in the world.

Rachel Dolezal probably had no idea that she would become the new face of White Privilege in America, because of making a conscious decision to mislead the public into believing that she is Black. But what exactly is Black (or White), anyway?

Black Music Month is like a second birthday celebration. It is a wonderful reminder of the role that music has played not just in my own development, but as a vehicle for expression and success for my entire family.

Forgive me if I seem a little sassier than usual on the air this week. I’ve been inspired by Dee Rees’ amazing new HBO biopic BESSIE, starring Queen Latifah. It’s time for me to reclaim some of my artsy edge.

The 31st annual Celebration of Black Writing (CBW), one of the most prominent African-American literary events in the nation, puts the spotlight on black literary, visual and performing arts. Takes place the entire month of May!

When Mother’s Day rolls around, the tributes and memories are plentiful for many people. My mother has been gone for more than 30 years, and it gets harder to distinguish the remembrances from the myths.


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