ARETHA on MY MIND AUGUST 16 and 17, 2018 I sing to people about what matters. I sing to the realists, people who accept it like it is. I express problems, there are tears when it’s sad and smiles when it’s happy. It seems simple to me, but to some, feelings take courage.
BIRTH of a NARRATIVE I continue to create because writing is a labor of love and also an act of defiance, a way to light a candle in a gale wind. Alice Childress Margo, the hypersensitive, obtuse, and decidedly obnoxious antagonist of Unfinished Business: A Celebration of Black Life,
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES TO THOSE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WHO VOTED TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON: Dear Congressional Representatives: I received a letter dated January 14, 1999 from my congressional representative
“WHO CONTROLS THE “WHETHER?” 1999 is in its infancy. Outside fierce winter storms are laying waste to communities across the nation. On television, political commentators are dishing out bland, banal, boring and superfluous gobbledygook that passes for certain “knowledge.” While som
IN LOVING MEMORY Dear Readers: I have followed the coverage of the brutal and tragic death of Tyisha Miller in the Black Voice News. Like you, I am anguished over the extent of the viciousness visited on this young woman by the very body that is sworn to “serve and protect.” Recent e
AND STILL I WRITE! You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt This edition of my quarterly electronic newsletter holds the distinction of bein
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…to ME??? RIGHT!!! On this day I will mend a quarrel, search for a forgotten friend, fight for a principle, show gratitude to God, and tell someone, “I love you.” Quincy Jones I recently opened the social category of my Google Mail account to find at least a dozen LI