Perspective

From the Blog of Dr. M: We Are One – race, the human race!

  Dr. Maguerite Mariama Dear Friends, Our ancestors knew how to plan for difficult moments such as these – as their lives were filled with them. We’ll get through this just as they did, with cultural inclusion, strategic planning, and communal LOVE. Yes, we must strike a balance…

Prosetry: Frank Malaba

Estranged Fruit In my motherland, gay people are worth a pile of dry leaves. Their heads are cracked open like watermelons and their hair thrown everywhere like streamers and confetti. Their voices are drowned by the crows that pluck their eyes out for breakfast while good people do…

Exploring Cancel Culture

 “My yard sign finally arrived.” Wanda Gail Campbell Since the mid-2010s, the term “cancel culture” has slipped into media prominence. Now many, including this author, seem to be pondering what, exactly, does use of the term even mean? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as the act of canceling or the removal “of support for public figures…

Their Wildest Dreams…

  I remember my grandfather, Pops, bristling with anger when hearing Black folks referred to as ‘Colored.’ I knew that it was a term the government and the media used to describe us prior to, say, 1970. As a little boy, I asked him why it upset him…

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….

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…

Fighting to Breathe: Chronicles from Facebook

  Indeed, it is Mornin’ Time!  Global Awareness has shifted to a place where we have been awakened, devastated, and must find our way to vent emotions, breathe, and make ready to move.  Garden Spices chronicled Facebook posts that heard hurting hearts.  Unedited and strong in voice, this…