Black in Thailand: Bernard Basley

  Having Sat. morning coffee with Pat Morita and his crew. — I have been retired in Bangkok, Thailand, on and off, for about ten years. I initially came to Thailand for a medical procedure. I was retired, and my medical insurance had run out. I needed knee…

This Issue: Release!

Happy Anniversary!!   We have been at it since July 4, 2014, and have transitioned from celebrating independence to demanding freedom and justice for all – NOW.  Still, within our mission of celebrating differences, we understand that the way we look makes a difference to the global society. …

The Time is Now

  I recently watched the rebroadcast of an ABC 2017 Special- Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America. It was a wonderful tribute to the African American community. Faces of so many well-known citizens graced the stage (and the audience) at Washington’s John F….

For My Mother’s Eyes

Photo by Klemen Vrankar on Unsplash   Release me, Dear Mom Your gentle touch thrills me still My heart satisfied My stomach full Release me, Dear Love Let your motherhood sail My feet hold me now My thoughts enabled Release me, Dear One, Your lessons firmly within me…

You’re Working Late Tonight

As an older Black American living in today’s turbulent times, I see how some things have changed, yet others have not. It is quite a paradox to have seen this nation’s first black president and in subsequent years see so many of my brothers and sisters unduly harassed…

Black and Essential: GW Harper

  “Imagine being both Black and “Essential” in today’s current cultural/pandemic climate. Well, I don’t have to and what I’m left with is an unexplainable sense of emptiness. A feeling that my life is practically disposable as both a nurse and a woman of color. I’m just another…

Release: Winter’s Lament

I continually tell my readers; I write the stories that come to me—and this story blindsided me. The protagonist, the leading character in my latest novel, Winter’s Lament, showed up in my life during a blizzard. It literally snowed for ninety days. I couldn’t go outside. Friends came and shoveled…

Releasing the Illusion

Times Been, Won’t Be No More is a saying that has recurred in my thoughts and my writing a lot lately. No apologies for it. It is southern wisdom attributed to my brother-in-law JB Bond. Every time I consider life beyond the current COVID19 global pandemic, and the chain…

Let the Music Take You There

    Dizzy Gillespie by James Gayles You are driving down the road, the radio is on, and all of a sudden, you hear those one or two notes, and you immediately recognize that that is your favorite song just came on. You reach for the dial, turn…

Girl, Let That Go!

  Last month I penned an essay to no one in particular that only a handful of people read titled, “What Shall I Do With the Rage?” Essentially it was recounting conversations I recently had with friends and colleagues about the suppressed emotions of anger and rage we…