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This Mother’s Day has stirred up a much different batch of emotions than years past. I miss my mother every day, but now I’m fascinated by how little I may know about the rest of the family.

Before any of us raise a bullhorn to defend a celebrity accused of sexual assault, perhaps we should take a long minute to emotionally walk in the victim’s shoes.

Not to be morbid, but life & death situations have a way of bringing the entirety of your maturity in focus.

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.

Last week, NYC Lens published an in-depth story about the important role women played in the Black Panther Party. The article is a great preview of WURD Speaks: Sisters in the Struggle – The Women of the Black Panther Party. Get your tickets today!

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.

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?

Listen to some of our Youth WURDs hosts speak up about their vision for the future of Philadelphia!


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