International Decade for People of African Descent #afrolatinos

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, you are cordially invited to a Film Night to celebrate: 2015 - 2024 International Decade for People of African Descent Thursday, 8 December 2016 United Nations Headquarters Conference Room 4 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is a huge honor to be invited to showcase our film AfroLatinos: An… Continue reading International Decade for People of African Descent #afrolatinos

Day 21: The Nerve to Write!

"But being a motherfucker, it’s a way of life, really… It’s about having strength rather than fragility, resilience, and faith, and nerve, and really leaning hard into work rather than worry and anxiety.   […]   I think there are a lot of writers who can’t write, or they think they can’t write… I understand… Continue reading Day 21: The Nerve to Write!

Day 15 ~ WFW Morning Session ~ #plotdevelopment

Yesterday we spent time exploring and writing about universal/emotional truths. (Please check your email for link to recording). This week our prompts will be centered on setting, building plot and scene development. As writers, we have a plan for our characters, a place we think they will go, a place we want them to go,… Continue reading Day 15 ~ WFW Morning Session ~ #plotdevelopment

Day 14 ~ WFW Morning Session #writercheckin

We have spent this week getting to know our characters better. Today we are going to spend time reflecting on what we have worked on for the past two weeks and where we believe we are with our writing.   Writing prompts: 1. The discoveries I’ve made this week are… (5 minutes) - - What… Continue reading Day 14 ~ WFW Morning Session #writercheckin

Day 13 ~ WFW Morning Session

RISE and SHINE beloved writers! Forgive me for missing our call this morning. No excuse! My alarm was on mute aka non existent. I will make it up to all of you in class tomorrow… extra prompts for everyone. I have recorded our morning session and it is available for playback. You should have received… Continue reading Day 13 ~ WFW Morning Session

“I’m Through!”

Too through…

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This might seem like a very strange blog for me to write since I devote much of my professional life to teaching, researching, and writing about race and racism in education. But, with the exception of my scholarly pursuits, I am through talking to White people about race and racism. My absolute “through-ness” (I know, a made up word) came to a head when my university covered up blatant racism (a man in a Trump costume had a noose around a man in an Obama mask at a recent football game and the university president called it “free speech.”) Below is a litany of what I am through with:

  • I am through trying to assuage White tears whenever the topics of race and racism arises;
  • I am through acting like I don’t notice when I’m the only Black person in a room of White people with authority and power;
  • I…

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Day 12 ~ WFW Morning Session

Good morning writers, Two words… Plot Treatment! I am incredibly excited to receive all the work you have done these past couple of weeks. *DUE Nov. 4th: Plot treatment to Iyawo by end of day today. Please review syllabus for submission/formatting requirements. Please send/share with me via google docs. Today we are staying with our… Continue reading Day 12 ~ WFW Morning Session

Day 11 ~ WFW Morning Session

Good morning writers, I have received several emails from writers who are struggling to identify what they “should be writing.” Questioning whether or not they are doing it “right.” Feeling lost and scattered and unfocused! This is all part of the process. Its truly unrealistic to believe that every piece of writing we create will… Continue reading Day 11 ~ WFW Morning Session

Day 10 ~ WFW Morning Session

Good morning writers, Great characters make us keep reading. One of my favorite books, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, introduces many amazing characters that the main character Santiago will meet on his journey. Fatima, a King, the stones, thieves, the Alchemist, the glass shop keeper and etc. all significant in their own way. Compelling stories… Continue reading Day 10 ~ WFW Morning Session