My entire professional career has been in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. I’ve moved around in this field starting as a peer educator in college to shelter advocate to state-level policy and education, and now at the national level working in development and communications. It’s so fitting that I get to communicate … More This Woman’s Mission: Mercy & Justice
All great conversations happen at Big Mama’s around 3pm – the Pro-Life, Pro-Choice debate is no different. … More Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, and Soul Food
I’ll cut straight to the point for this one – calling out white supremacist behavior, no matter how subtle, is nothing new in the feminist movement. From Sojourner Truth to bell hooks to Audre Lorde to just about every Black feminist (or womanist – respectfully) I’ve talked to in recent months. We have all had … More Dear Mainstream Feminism, Judas or Peter?
“You don’t have to be strong all the time, you know that, right?” The words pierced through every bit of my stoicism like some savage battle in the movie, 300. Instantly, the tears began to fall. My friend was right. Over the course of several months, life had taken a major turn in almost every way imaginable. … More Insecure Heroes and Bouch Sessions
A couple from Minneapolis decided to rewrite a popular tune. Now we can all celebrate this season with consent. … More Christmas Songs Are Better with Consent
Christians, we have one job – to make disciples for the Gospel of Jesus. Over 80% of voting evangelical Christians voted for Trump. I think I’m the least political person I know. I hate politics. Hate the rhetoric. And I’m disgusted when a large number of Christians choose to sacrifice the message of the Gospel … More Christians, You Have One Job.
Most people have heard about the big announcement by now. I’m overwhelmed by the love and support from family and friends, especially those who have kept up with my journey this summer. But for others there may be confusion and many have asked, “Why?” “How?” “You just moved to Miami!” Yeah, well…let me explain. … More Thoughts of Miami
I live in a world that makes it difficult to see two White police officers questioning a young Black boy, and believe they’re just ‘doing their job’. Yet we all just stared as the train pulled away. Wondering what will take place next on that platform. Praying another life doesn’t turn into a hashtag from … More Duty Calls
There was a time when a guy told me that I reminded him of “the woman from the James Bond movie – with the buzz cut”. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but after a while realized that he was referring to Grace Jones. I couldn’t tell if he was serious or if … More The Case for Black Beauty
Upon developing a genuine relationship with God in college, I was certain that my “Boaz” would show up before graduation. I read book after book, article after article, and attended any and every Christian conference I could afford with the hopes that “he” would be there – and of course to dig deeper into my … More The Plight of the Single Christian
I might be a tad biased, because this poem was birthed out of an event I coordinated college, but it is one of my favorites. I’d asked Justin to perform some poetry for the upcoming Rock Against Rape event, held at the University of Missouri through the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center. He told me he’d … More Justin McCain: Monster
#NationalPoetryMonth is still going strong. Here is one of my favorites by the late, Maya Angelou. I become enthralled with her work in the 5th grade while researching “Phenomenal Woman” for a poetry series. From there, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” was the first autobiography I read – while my peers were reading … More Caged Bird by Maya Angelou