Category Archives: Rants and Ramblings

Self-Diagnosis: I’m Suffering From Post Vacation Depression

*Throws self on carry-on bag* Why Lawd WHY? *Sigh* Yesterday, I came home from a fantastical extended weekend getaway in northern California. (Review coming soon.) I had a ball. That jaunt was just what the doctor ordered. The cat’s meow. The bee’s knees. The yin to my yang. The – well, you get the point. But I swear, as soon as my flight landed at JFK and I walked down the jetway into the airport, my shoulders started to tighten, jaws suddenly clenched and all of my day-to-day anxieties came flooding back to me at once. Granted, I was extremely

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True Confession: I Don’t Know How To Swim

*Sigh* I hate to admit this, but no, I do not know how to swim. It troubles me terribly because the moment I tell someone that, I instantly feel like a stereotype – and rightfully so. I recently read an article on website where it was reported that  “58 percent of African-American children cannot swim — more than double the percentage of white children.” Black folks not knowing how to swim has been a running gag and the butt of jokes for many years. But it’s not always a laughing matter. In the same article, The Brooklyn Ink spoke with Lee

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Black History Month at a White University: Is There a Difference?

Less than a week into February, I stumbled upon a tweet from, Chris, one of my college friends on Twitter: “‘Now everybody wanna focus on Black History. Y’all are so ‘seasonal’ …. SMH” We discuss (and often complain) about the fact that we celebrate Black History during the shortest month of the year, but has anyone ever taken the time to find out why? Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History month and the second African-American to receive a degree from Harvard University, believed in preserving one’s heritage. He wanted it to be in February to honor the birth of

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