Do The Work: Productive Conversations

“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” — bell hooks Being an ally is not a static label, but rather constant, active participation in dismantling systems of oppression. One of the most direct ways…

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Faith to Power

Religion often feels out of fashion these days. A recent Pew Research study showed that a growing minority of young Americans — around 35% of millennials — identify as having no particular religious affiliation. But we’re hungry for faith. We felt this hunger in June 2015, when Barack Obama gave what should be remembered as…

Sound Byte: My Love

My Love, I adore your velvety black skin, the glow when you smile, and the twinkle in your eyes. It took some time for me to recognize your beauty, your strength, simply your perfection. Sometimes I get obsessed with what I think I am missing…I drift in thought craving a phantom that only appears on…

Do The Work: Intervene

“If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own — which it is — and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.” — James Baldwin The American president’s…

Sound Byte: Creative Growth

I have been thinking a lot about inspiration and the creative process. I am currently in a PhD program, which at times makes me feel like I live in a bubble away from people even though my project asks critical questions about humanity. In my work I hope to broach spaces of intimacy to bring…

Do The Work: Be An Ally

“I think of social privilege as an energy saving device: less effort is required to pass through.  For other bodies so much more effort is required to get through, to stand up, to stay standing.” – Sara Ahmed For January’s installments of Do The Work, I wrote about how to protect and care of yourself.…