A Promise to My Two-Year-Old Niece

Dear Niyah, I promise you that I will do everything I can to ensure you are safe and supported (legally and emotionally) if: You love, and wish to marry, a woman; You decide you will be happier living as a male; You want to use birth control; or You want to get an abortion. I […]

The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois is #31 on Modern Library’s list of Top 100 Nonfiction. It was published in 1903, so as I read it, I asked myself how far we had come in erasing the color line 113 years later. Not far enough. Du Bois talks about the blacks of […]

The Little Things

My heart is heavy…three tragedies this week. I am in a state of disbelief. How do we fix this? I’m not sure, but what I am sure of is that white people need to step up and help change the future. I’ve heard a few times over the past few days that “this [police brutality] […]

Ending Rocklessness in Girls Forever

My boyfriend is a drummer, so when I spied a sticker with an illustration of knuckles and drumsticks on a coworker’s water bottle at a meeting, I asked her about it. And that’s how I found out about an international movement to empower girls called Girls Rock Camp. Girls Rock Camp helps girls “find their […]

Drum Lesson

My friend Daisy came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Before she arrived, she searched for goings-on for Saturday night and discovered that a taiko drumming workshop was being offered in my neighborhood. She asked if I was interested. But of course! This beginner’s workshop was being taught by a mother and daughter who […]