“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

“I Ain’t no AY-rab”

Reading time: 5 minutes I got on an airplane just nine days after 9/11. The atmosphere at Baltimore-Washington international Airport was tense. Everyone was watchful and nervous and on edge. There were National Guardsmen all over the place, in their uniforms, with...
Aibileen’s Secret

Aibileen’s Secret

Viola Davis as Aibileen Clark in “The Help” Reading time: 5 minutes I’ve watched the movie The Help many times over the years, and there’s something about it I never noticed until just the other night. You know that part at the beginning where...
No One Is a “Self-Made Man”

No One Is a “Self-Made Man”

At the Toastmasters Conference Reading time: 2 minutes I was at a Toastmasters conference yesterday, and a man I know asked me, “What did you think of the keynote speech?” I replied, “It was the quintessential story of a self-made American man.” I was completely...
Kyle and I saw “Get Out”

Kyle and I saw “Get Out”

Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out.” Reading time: 1 minute SPOILER ALERT!       Kyle and I went to see “Get Out” last Saturday. My idea. He hadn’t wanted to see it, because he thought I’d castigate myself too much for the...

“We should have *been* outraged.”

Summer McLane, on Facebook Live, 30 January 2017. 14 min. Reading time: 1 minute. “You know, everyone wants to say, “Oh, love, love, I choose love.” What do you think this is?? I’ve said this so many times before. What do you think this is? This isn’t love? What do...

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