It’s a vise grip. I try to breathe into it like they taught me but there is no release. In fact, it further denies me any respite by pulling my scalp tight over my eyes and then back again. My ears fill with air. It feels like my eyebrows are furrowed even though I just …
When Social Media Both Saves and Sucks
I love social media. Between FB, Twitter, and Instagram, I am regularly posting, reading, and sharing with friends and followers alike. As a writer, speaker, and indie publisher, social media has proven to be a great way to crowd-source ideas, promote work, and build relationships and communities with readers and other writers. As a person …
Academia, Love Me Back
This is why I do the work I do. Why I talk about the intersection of race and faith and culture and…and… This has to stop. In Academia and everywhere. Sending love and prayers to this brilliant student!
My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…
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Why Revolt Remains on the Table
I consider myself a peaceful person. For me, this simply means that I don’t believe that most problems can be solved through violence or aggression. I’ve lived most of my life by the mantra that says, “conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.” I don’t avoid confrontations but I certainly don’t take up arms every …
Race, Faith, Family, and Health: My Top 5 Posts from 2015
All things considered, 2015 was a great year for my writing. I released my ninth book and wrote numerous articles for digital pubs like The Chronicle Vitae, Ebony.com, The Guardian, and DAME Magazine. So I’m not terribly surprised that here on my own blog, the posts that had the most views were the ones that …
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All joy. All the time.
Happy New Year! 2016, huh. Aren’t we supposed to be driving flying cars or something a la the Jetsons? Lol. In many ways, I’m humbled, and dare I say, excited to see another year. As grateful as I am for every blessin’ and lesson, I can’t say that I wasn’t happy to see 2015 leave. Just …
Church, Your Legs Are Burning!
The outrage that is bubbling just under my skin, in my heart...is near boiling. Like Jeremiah, "…his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot." (Jeremiah 20:9) Only now...a literal fire. Arson. 7 churches in the South. 7 predominantly …
Sitting in Awe of My Transformation
This post by Alicia Crosby blessed my soul so much, I really had to share.
I think about my past
Passion, Fire, Prophetic Voice
Having no true north
Effective for the season but ungrounded
See children speak from sources passed onto them
Saying foolish, feeble things because secondhand, threadbare theology is what they put on
Now I see how ill-fitting those old garments were
Because He who provides is dressing me
Spirit of the Living God
My personal tailor
Adjusting the seams
So this clothing doubling as spiritual armor
And let me tell you when it’s done
It will look good
Like Genesis good
After hovering over deep and birth of creation good
Like zenith that is woman called Havah good
God is rooting me near streams of water flowing from holy mountain spring
I am a young tree
Grafted into a grove with giants
Their trunks hold rings that speak to…
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