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Praying With Our Legs in 2017-Cross Post

Posted by: erika on: January 9, 2017

I wrote the following blog post for Repair the World about the idea of praying with our legs in 2017 (and the next 4 years) with the upcoming trump administration and the world of hurt it’s already raining down. Yes, I said legs, not feet. Hundreds of years before Heschel talked about praying with his […]

Post-Racial My Ass

Posted by: erika on: February 25, 2014

This morning I browsed the New York Times on my phone while waiting for my rather late train, “Colorblind Notion Aside, Colleges Grapple with Racial Tensions”.  I read the title and was immediately angry and frustrated, I thought the term “Colorblind” went out of vogue 10 years ago. In the news media and in popular culture, […]

We’ve got a Problem Here

Posted by: erika on: February 18, 2014

A few minutes ago a friend shared a disturbing video on Facebook. I stopped watching MTV around Real World Hawaii, so I have no idea who Charlamagne is. This does not make me an out of touch black person. What is out of touch, is the fact that black folks in Time Square could easily […]

Kids These Days

Posted by: erika on: February 23, 2012

Living in a metropolitan city like New York you are always surrounded by different types of people.  People who do not look like you, people who speak a different language than you, people you may not ever associate with are suddenly sitting next to you on the subway.  Even if you never speak to these […]

Audre Lorde

Posted by: erika on: February 15, 2012

Audre Lorde*was a poet, writer, feminist, activist lesbian who died of cancer in 1992.  Born to parents from Grenada and raised in NYC, Lorde spoke out against the feminist writing of the 1960s for it’s lack of acknowledgement of the black feminists in its midst.   The Audre Lorde Project, which operates in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, keeps […]

Aisha Mills and Danielle Moodie

Posted by: erika on: February 11, 2012

Last year I was invited to go to the GLAAD media awards on an assignment with an online magazine.  Through some technical errors on my part the videos never got to the source and I lost my writing job.  In my defense I’ve been using the same computer system for nearly a decade.  The control key […]

Langston Hughes

Posted by: erika on: February 9, 2012

February is Black History Month.  I will be profiling Black Americans who I find fascinating for the remainder of the month while I find my inspiration and muse.  Hoping to find inspiration in genius, I want to start with Langston Hughes who was a poet, a gay man and a Jew?  No one can be […]

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