Oct. 10 2016
When Alfred Olango’s sister called 911 two weeks ago, she was seeking help for her brother, whom the media reported was mentally ill and the family has said was having an emotional crisis in reaction...
Sept. 27 2016
"I'm not okay," says my friend Keith Wallace when I check in on him. Wallace, with the help of director Deborah Stein, is in the process of re-staging his hit one-man play, The Bitter Game, for the 2017...
Sept. 12 2016
It's a scary thing to sit out a patriotic ritual in a country rabid with patriotism. I say this as a private citizen who stopped saying the Pledge of Allegiance way back in high school
Aug. 29 2016
That photo of me up there on this page is a lie. Not the unintended smirk—that part is just my face and short of reconstructive surgery or shock therapy, there is nothing to be done about that
Aug. 15 2016
Like all women, I've adapted for survival. For me, that means I pushed on and organized these experiences in such a way as to not feel it all on the surface
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July 18 2016
One guy. Fifty-two times. Do you know what that is? That is filling quotas. That is profiling. That is harassment. Fifty-two times is a tax
July 6 2016
Most people who know me don’t question whether this story is true. “Nice!” they say, not at all surprised. Most people who don’t know me also don’t question whether this story...
June 6 2016
A friend had just clued my husband and me into the story about the ill-fated gorilla, Harambe, and the woman whose son fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo
May 23 2016
With a murder rate 25 times that of other developed countries, America is definitely exceptional. We must be the best at everything, everywhere, and when it comes to gun violence, we've outdone ourselves
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May 9 2016
Well, well, well. Or, as my friend Justin says, w-AY-al! I'm not trying to be all vindicated or anything, but I'm feeling sort of vindicated
April 25 2016
Without question, it is long past time for such changes, and the Treasury Department should be applauded for making it rain women, but particularly Tubman. I mean, a black woman on the front of the $20?...
April 11 2016
Photo by Malingering/Flickr I'm a sports fan. Football. Soccer. Basketball (college and pro). Tennistennistennis of any kind. But there are few things I like less than baseball. It seems complet
March 28 2016
"Lincoln High fight leads to dispute over discipline." That is the headline of a somewhat lengthy story published recently by The San Diego Union Tribune. A photo accompanying the story affirms the media's—and...
March 14 2016
In yet another completely unsurprising turn of events last week, 26-year-old Rakeem Jones, who is black, was being escorted out of a Trump rally in North Carolina along with several other protesters, when...
Feb. 29 2016
I'm fortunate I was able to get help from a professional who diagnosed me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), an affliction that 6.8 million people—and twice as many women as men—suffer...
Feb. 1 2016
You may have seen it: the photo of six laughing, college-bound white girls at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, in black shirts with gold block lettering that spelled out the n-word
Jan. 19 2016
I'm at a cocktail party, having a conversation with a stranger who has taken a polite interest in my child. She is asking the typical questions: Where does your daughter attend school? Does she play sports?...
Jan. 4 2016
It's a bitter pill getting back into real life after a gluttonous holiday bender, isn't it? I spent the last part of the year in Seattle, where the separation of trash from recyclables is more tedious...
Dec. 21 2015
On the morning after I stayed at my then-boyfriend-now-husband's house for the first time, he made me breakfast. Dexter Gordon's "I'm a Fool to Want You" was playing
Dec. 8 2015
This event was put together by a non-entity that goes by the name of Reclaiming the Community (RTC). Per the program notes, RTC is "a coalition of individuals, community leaders and organizations that...


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