Breaking Down Racial Walls

In fifth grade, I had two favorite songs. “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Loretta Lynn and “Color Blind” by En Vogue. I never claimed to be normal. In my after school drama class, we did a unit on lip syncing, and I performed “Color Blind.” I knew every word and […]

What I Learned from Being Bullied

I’m reading a novel about revenge. It’s a young adult novel about a ghost girl. She killed herself after being bullied, and now she is out to destroy the life of the boy who bullied her. It’s a stressful story for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, I […]

When You’re Hurt by Other Women

7:45 a.m. It was the same time every day when my Volkswagen Tiguan would pull out of the garage and start its trek down the driveway. I pulled down the sun visor to shield my eyes from the early morning glare that hit the uneven black pavement. When describing that […]

The Beauty of Sisterhood

I was seven-years-old when I found out my parents were expecting my youngest sibling. Before they found out the gender, I knew, knew, knew the baby was a girl. I had been praying every night – starting before they announced the pregnancy – for a sister, and this was God’s […]

Embracing Uneasiness

Daring immediately makes me think of courage and heroics. Neither of which I would use to describe myself, both make me feel uneasy. So I sit back and think: What am I in the middle of today making me uneasy? How and where can I live more audaciously in those […]