Wear Blue For Freedom

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Like most people, when I first heard the words "human trafficking," I thought of a faraway land devoid of law, order and common decency. I had no idea that it was happening in my own backyard. Sitting in an advocate's community meeting to raise awareness, I was in denial … Continue reading Wear Blue For Freedom

Why are all the Black Girls with Big Hair Sitting in the Back of the Classroom?

Should schools prohibit inappropriate hairstyles? I use this poll question in a Freedom of Expression lesson for a diverse body of high school students. Using Nearpod, students respond yes or no and then have an opportunity to post comments on its collaborate board, sort of like post-its. The responses are honest and insightful from a … Continue reading Why are all the Black Girls with Big Hair Sitting in the Back of the Classroom?

Black by Default

It’s hard being black. Especially when your degree of blackness is often quantified by other black people–who consider themselves blacker than you.  Frankly, I am not sure how the levels of blackness are measured. Growing up, I was told by other black children in the neighborhood that I sounded white, in other words, spoke as if I […]

Black China

I’m Black in China. For some of my counterparts who share my skin tone, whether a darker or lighter hue, their experience is rife with difficulty. Chinese people stop and stare, gawk incredulously, sneakily snap pictures of you or boldly ask to pose beside you. Surely it can become tiresome defending your right to privacy … Continue reading Black China