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From Black Lives Matter to Jim Crow 2.0

By Shay | June 6, 2024 | 0 Comments

The problem with progress is the assumption we make that it will always continue moving forward—but the truth is that progress requires diligence, attention, and not getting complacent. For over two years, I worked out several times a week with a personal trainer, specifically working on weight training. Late last summer, I decided that it was time to work out …

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The uncertainty of whiteness

By Shay | May 23, 2024 | Comments Off on The uncertainty of whiteness

Growing up, my parents only had a few hardcore rules that were ingrained in me early in life. Among them was: Don’t ever bring home a white boy. If you ever saw my TedX talk from years ago, you know that my father grew up in rural Arkansas as one of 16 children—and my grandparents were sharecroppers. My father grew …

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“Uncle Joe” needs to lay off the rap and the pandering

By Shay | May 20, 2024 | Comments Off on “Uncle Joe” needs to lay off the rap and the pandering

So, President Joe Biden is trying to ride the coattails of Kendrick Lamar to humiliate Donald Trump but—more importantly—to try to win over Black people. Sit with that for a moment while I fill you in on backstory. Even though it’s all over social media, and I find it hard to believe that many people are left who haven’t heard …

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The world is on fire: Is it okay to rest?

By Shay | May 10, 2024 | Comments Off on The world is on fire: Is it okay to rest?

Prior to 2020, it never occurred to me—as a near-lifetime career activist—that one could simply be too overwhelmed to stay active in the work. I mean sure, life happens, but we simply must go on. Right? After all, that had been my operating style for decades until 2020.  When my mother died in the spring of 2004, I immediately returned to …

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Anti-whiteness does not mean being “anti-white”

By Shay | May 10, 2024 | Comments Off on Anti-whiteness does not mean being “anti-white”

Too many people assume that my sentiments against “whiteness” mean that I don’t like white people. Far from it. I like and love all sorts of people, and I’ve had wonderful relationships both platonic and intimate with people who are white. My problem is that whiteness is a whole other thing from being white. Whiteness and “white culture” are tied …

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Strange days…and how we celebrate them

By Shay | May 7, 2024 | Comments Off on Strange days…and how we celebrate them

Look, I’m not a party-pooper. I like me some holidays, even the minor ones. But as we come off another Cinco de Mayo, let’s talk about the absurdity of some of our American holiday celebrations. Now, first off my Mom’s side of the family had a significant amount of Mexican ancestry, and still Cinco de Mayo has never been a …

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We are tired: Let Black folks decide if they want to activate

By Shay | May 4, 2024 | Comments Off on We are tired: Let Black folks decide if they want to activate

Growing older in the social justice movement as a Black woman is a trip! It makes this current moment of uprising in American colleges interesting to bear witness to, with the lens of an elder activist. Despite what some believe and are loudly proclaiming, this is not the first generation to rise up against the empire and loudly state what …

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Change starts with connection: Unplug a little and find hope

By Shay | April 21, 2024 | Comments Off on Change starts with connection: Unplug a little and find hope

Back in 2019, I spoke at a conference at Illinois State University in Normal. Illinois is my home state, but Normal is not really a place Chicagoans flock to unless it is related to the university. The town is only two hours away from Chicago, but it bears no resemblance to Chicago. It is a typical small Midwestern town, complete …

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Are we gonna “ride or die” all the way to regional war or worse?

By Shay | April 17, 2024 | Comments Off on Are we gonna “ride or die” all the way to regional war or worse?

Look, I understand the “ride or die” concept. There are people who have my back or whose back I watch over who qualify as ride-or-die—either the way they feel toward me, me toward them, or both. But like so many sentiments and philosophies, when it’s taken to a certain point, it loses positive meaning and becomes toxic and destructive. If …

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Riddhi Patel: How movement work falls short or forgets our mutual humanity

By Shay | April 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Riddhi Patel: How movement work falls short or forgets our mutual humanity

A few nights ago, I found myself up late, scrolling through social media. My usual bewitching hour of insomnia, inspired by the change of life. Given that I now sleep in two shifts, I have stopped fighting it. I almost always go back to sleep within an hour, and I have adjusted my daily schedule to allow for a later …

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From Black Lives Matter to Jim Crow 2.0

By Shay | June 6, 2024

The problem with progress is the assumption we make that it will always continue moving forward—but the truth is that progress requires diligence, attention, and not getting complacent. For over two years, I worked out several times a week with a personal trainer, specifically working on weight training. Late last summer, I decided that it …

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From Black Lives Matter to Jim Crow 2.0

By Shay | June 6, 2024

The problem with progress is the assumption we make that it will always continue moving forward—but the truth is that progress requires diligence, attention, and not getting complacent. For over two years, I worked out several times a week with a personal trainer, specifically working on weight training. Late last summer, I decided that it …

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By Shay | May 29, 2022

Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous day up in my corner of the world and way too beautiful to be writing a blog post today. So I present you with the Friday Round-Up a list of blog posts this week from other bloggers that blew my mind. Perhaps if you need to kill some time or have a quiet moment you can check them out. http://ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com/ Check out this cat, I have been a fan of his work forever. http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/ Good stuff here as well http://sweetersalt.com/ A Maine blogger who talks fashion and food…the best of both worlds http://paganchild-starmommy.blogspot.com/2011/03/keeping-focused.html A new blog that offers words of wisdom for all of us. http://mscleaver.com/ Another Mainer who for Lent is giving up pants, she is also a crafty gal If you have any links to good blogs, feel free to leave em. It’s my hope to make the Friday Round Up a regular feature at my new home specifically I would live to shine some light and love on smaller bloggers. It’s hard out here in this blogosphere with so many good blogs to choose from and so little time so let’s help everyone get a slice of the pie. I will be back on Monday, at that time I will unveil some ideas I have around monetizing things but You May Also Like: No related posts.

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