The year I was born (in Northern California), the Black Panther Party had not yet disbanded and Huey Percy Newton was still its Oakland-based leader. Looking back now, I'm able to recognize the impact the revolutionary group had on my childhood environment. I went to schools that served free and reduced-cost meals thanks to the … Continue reading Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?
Though I ultimately received my undergraduate degree from a university in California, I watched A Different World and wanted desperately to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The idea of going to a school where each teacher and fellow classmate understood my unique experience thrilled me to no end. I constantly fantasized about … Continue reading Black History Month: How did we come to adopt STEPPING?
I will never forget a particular lunch I had about 11 years ago. I was in Las Vegas working for a small PR agency and had just come from a quick late-morning meeting when I was overcome with a craving for chicken. Specifically, well-seasoned fried chicken wings. I really didn’t understand why I’d had such … Continue reading Black History Month: Are we really crazy about FRIED CHICKEN?