Poetry

Inside

July 7, 2016

I feel a swelling
Inside my chest

A pounding
So deep

I can’t digest
Why it never goes away

Why things stay
The same

I look up and
Another headline to read
Another hashtag to scream
Another human for whom to grieve

Everyone feels
The same

That feeling of
Hopelessness and
Helplessness

Of confusion

How am I
Supposed to deal
When those around me
Are blind
To the realities
That follow me
And him
And her
And us

The realities of being woke
And seeing
What cannot be unseen

The reality of liberty
Of freedom and justice
Of misery
And hands tied behind our backs
One foot to our throats
The other pinning our arms

No getting away
From the American dream
The one we see
Slipping away
More and more
Every day

The one we realize
Was never ours anyway

And with its fleeting farewell
That feeling—
The one inside my chest—
It roars and grows
And blows through the nostrils of my nose
That flare
Wet with rage
And sorrow
I can no longer contain

To be free?
That’s not for you and me

I’m not Black
I’m Brown
But he – she – they with beautiful Black skin
Are kin

My brother
My sister
A friend
A partner

I release
The sensation
Of melancholy
And deprivation

I breathe and
I accept
What I cannot change and
I dare myself
To change what I can

I begin
By feeling
Mourning

And believing that
This feeling will go away
It must
It must

It must

Poetry

Ms. NY

April 15, 2016

She walks the way New York feels
She talks the language of the black leather heel
She feels the reason for that brown woman appeal,
The reason men can’t help but kneel
They feenin’ for a feel,
A sip,
A touch
Of that guacamole munch

The woman’s one of a kind
She’s a dime
Matter fact, fuck it –
She’s a hunnit,
Worth way more than a lame ass scrub

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Race

Let’s Talk About #JournalismSoWhite

April 13, 2016
A stack of newspapers

This past Tuesday, four journalists of color and I spoke to a group of Seattleites about #JournalismSoWhite. The event was hosted by several local journalism organizations, where moderators, also local journalists, asked panelists a series of questions about the media industry’s lack of diversity.

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