I see you: International Women’s Day 2018

I spend a lot of time talking about the women in my life on an everyday basis who are doing incredible, powerful things. I’ve been fortunate to learn from some of the amazing difference makers, story tellers, lamp-bearers, and activists. But one of the women who has made the biggest difference in my activism journey…

15 Going on Fat: A Tale of Two Dresses

The store was unusually dark, but it was just lit enough for me to see rows and rows of beautiful dresses. I was just weeks away from turning 16. I had a cake, a venue, invitations, everything I needed but a dress. My mother (who swears I was the birthday version of a Bridezilla) and…

The images I can’t forget: Part Two

When Eric Garner’s wife, Esaw, was asked if she would forgive the cops who killed her husband, her response was “Hell no.” I looked up unsure If I had her correctly, but she continued. “The time for remorse, would’ve been the time when my husband was begging to breathe… when he was screaming 11 times that he couldn’t…

The bigots are winning.

The Racists, the classists, the sexists, the homophobes, the gender binarists, they’re all winning. And here we are letting them. Over the last few news cycles we’ve had the standard abuse of black bodies (yes, at this point it is a standard), the debut of Caitlyn Jenner, a couple of high school graduations gone wrong because…

I stand with the Baltimore protesters.

When will we hear the whole story? You don’t need me to wax poetic about there being two sides to every story. You don’t need me to go on forever about the peaceful protests the media isn’t covering. You can see all that online. How much longer before we realize that it is time to have a real conversation…

Unthinkable, Unbearable, Unforgivable: a lesson in compassion.

Let me begin by saying that the death of any person at the hands of any other person, is unthinkable. The death of anyone at a the hands of an individual whose duty is to protect and defend, be they neighborhood watch or police is unbearable. The killing of a person that happens in part…