Records in the Crates – The Pointer Sisters Live at the Opera House

"When I was a little girl, I absolutely loved going through my mom and dad's records that they had stored away either underneath the record player or better yet, in crates... In those crates, somewhere between Archie Bell & the Drells, and Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs, my appreciation for music blossomed." Saturday mornings meant … Continue reading Records in the Crates – The Pointer Sisters Live at the Opera House

FIRST The TV Series – The Best Love Story You’ve Never Seen

Years ago, I stumbled across a YouTube web series from the Issa Rae Production camp. I think I was watching The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl and noticed that there was a series on Issa Rae's YouTube channel that piqued my interest. FIRST, written and created by Jahmela Biggs (Yarbrough) was a story about … Continue reading FIRST The TV Series – The Best Love Story You’ve Never Seen

Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas: Speaking Truth To Power

Happening this weekend –

Nikki Giovanni and Walter Mosley lead the lineup of authors at the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas.

Theme: “Speaking Truth to Power

When: January 30, 2021, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT, hosted on Zoom.

To RSVP and see agenda click here: Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas.

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Iconic black writers Nikki Giovanni and Walter Mosley lead the lineup of authors at the Virtual Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas on January 30, 2021, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT, hosted on Zoom. With a theme of Speaking Truth to Power, the conversations and panel discussions will focus on the role of writers in providing the views of the oppressed and the marginalized. Their “reporting” on the barriers to freedom is a critical part of the conversation in our communities. To RSVP and see agenda click here: Fifth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas.

The event will open with legendary poet Nikki Giovanni reading from her new book of poetry and prose, MAKE ME RAIN. After the poetry reading, Austin journalist Alberta Phillips will interview Giovanni about her life as a voice for freedom.

Beginning at 2:15 p.m., the event will closeout…

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Do More, Be More

More readingMore writingMore drawingMore paintingMore songwritingMore music producingMore actingMore dancingMore singingMore swimmingMore hikingMore bikingMore cookingMore gardeningMore craftingMore volunteeringMore traveling -- Whatever your “more” is,Let that be what you do, and not what you escape to do. ~McKinzie Manor~

Martin Luther King Jr. – Continue the Fight

Today, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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About a year ago, I visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in West Potomac Park near the National Mall in Washington D.C. I remember standing there moved to tears as I walked through the memorial.


The monument of Dr. King, called The Stone of Hope, is very impressive, standing at 30 feet. Although the design and detail are remarkable, I found the crescent-shaped wall inscribed with many of his quotes to be breathtaking.

Can you imagine 450 feet of granite filled with some of the most powerful words in history? I walked alongside the granite wall feeling as if I were taking a step back through history, my history. From all of the videos I’ve seen and recordings I’ve heard, I imagined him speaking the words as I read them. I could hear every note of his down-home Baptist preaching style of speaking reverberating off the walls of my…

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Unofficial Syllabus: Devil In a Blue Dress

DirectorCarl FranklinScreenplayCarl FranklinStarringDenzel WashingtonTom SizemoreJennifer BealsDon CheadleRelease DateSeptember 29, 1995GenreCrime, Drama https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bWekMNDfT8 Summary In 1948 Los Angeles, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins finds himself unemployed as a black World War II veteran. Eager to make ends meet, he agrees to help an ominous character, DeWitt Albright, with a seemingly simple job of locating a white woman, Daphne … Continue reading Unofficial Syllabus: Devil In a Blue Dress

Writing Goals for 2019 and Beyond

I love to read, but I chose not to set a high reading goal this year. I almost decided not to set a reading goal at all because I wanted to allocate more time for writing, but then I came across a quote that made me re-think that logic. "Reading and writing cannot be separated. … Continue reading Writing Goals for 2019 and Beyond

Reading Blackout Recap for 2018

2018 is coming to an end and I'm reflecting back on the reading challenge I set for myself. To refresh your memory, I challenged myself to participate in the ReadingBlackout2018. It was where I challenged myself to read only books by black authors. Also in 2018, I set a goal of completing twenty-four books and … Continue reading Reading Blackout Recap for 2018

Ntozake Shange – “Where there is a woman there is magic”

Pronouncing her name can be daunting and intimidating at first. Just like her work, her name boldly leaps from the page and resounds as it is spoken. En-toe-zah-keh Shahn-gay Ntozake produced many works, but for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuff was undoubtedly the most impressionable on me. At the young … Continue reading Ntozake Shange – “Where there is a woman there is magic”

Writing Tips – Stop Editing While You Write

Too often I start writing a piece and then go back and read what I just wrote. And what comes naturally while I'm reading? You guessed it, EDITING. I am definitely guilty of this. I have got to get out of this habit and just get to writing it all down. I have to remind … Continue reading Writing Tips – Stop Editing While You Write