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 …

#DontforgetMcKinney – The Not-So-Special Case of a Black Girl in Suburbia (Guest Post)

By Shara D. Taylor I hated middle school. Most of my teachers hated me. Let me count the ways. I was called a disgrace to my race by a music teacher. I was told I'd become a drug-dealing jailbird by another music teacher. That lady was a former narcotics agent who probably shouldn’t have had …

See the Light? An Uprising in Baltimore (FAQC)

Malcolm Gladwell defines a "tipping point" as the moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Collective Rage has a tipping point. Collective Frustration has a tipping point. Social media and technology is---thankfully---shining a glaring light on a problem that has existed for generations in this country: …

It Could Have Been Me: When Stupidity Means Death and Other Fears of a Mother

(originally published on MyBrownBaby.com) I drank too much that night. I was nineteen years old, hanging out with friends in my dorm, listening to music, playing spades and sipping for the first time on something I'd never heard of until then: MD 20/20. Yep, I was nineteen. And dumb. Not dumb as in unintelligent or …