How ‘Queen Sono’ is Giving Us Everything We Didn’t Know We Needed

Originally posted on The Pedestal Project:
By Madalyn McKnight The beauty of African media has become so much clearer to me in the last year. Between media and initiatives such as the Year of The Return, seeing the beautiful black and brown faces on television and witnessing the immense talent against a vast and varying…

Git Up, (But Don’t) Get Out

Although Outkast wrote this song many years ago, just know that you can git up and get out without GETTING UP AND GETTING OUT if you know what I  mean. Stay at home if possible. The United States has recorded 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths in less than half a year. Nothing like this has everContinue reading “Git Up, (But Don’t) Get Out”

No Crooked Letter Blues

I wasn’t born in Mississippi, but Mississippi raised me. Since 4 or 5, I have been educated in classrooms and educated by life here. Our leadership is not the most pristine or forgiving.  And I resent some of the ways citizens and politicians neglect the very heartbeat of this state. This is still a stateContinue reading “No Crooked Letter Blues”

Who Can We Run To?

The major topic for the last few days has really created a purge of all of my social media accounts. People I respected, have known for years as acquaintances, and even close friends have gotten the boot. The war against black women has reared its ugly head and the results have been unsettling, to sayContinue reading “Who Can We Run To?”

Hello, 2019

2018 was a lot of fun. I laughed, traveled, celebrated, and embraced major changes in my life. I accomplished some goals, stepped out on faith, helped others the best I could, and tried my best to be the daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and partner in the lives of those around me. I still fell short.Continue reading “Hello, 2019”

Cancelled: A Short Story About Your Fave

One of my favorite Amy Winehouse songs is called “What is it about men?”. This is a very good question, but even better is ‘What is it about anyone?’ man or woman. The older we get the more fairy tales become drastically unbelievable. In this day and time, figures we looked up to on television,Continue reading “Cancelled: A Short Story About Your Fave”

Black History Month Week 2: Acceptance

Although a staple in Alcoholics Anonymous and other organizations that cater to offering support in recovery from addiction, I recite the Serenity prayer quite often. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference”. A simple prayer that coversContinue reading “Black History Month Week 2: Acceptance”

Black Blood: Native Soil

As I sit in front of this computer trying to formulate the words for my thoughts and feelings concerning the events of this past weekend. I say a special prayer for the family of Heather Heyer, and the other injured victims and their families. Please join me in keeping them in your thoughts. The bloodContinue reading “Black Blood: Native Soil”