7 03, 2017

When and why I dance

By | 2017-03-07T14:08:15+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Poetry|

Greetings Venusian, I've been busy as a poetic soldier over here but not too busy to shake a leg. Nothing picks me up like a good song. I love to put in a two step, in the name of love. Yes, music matters and Black music is the soundtrack of America. Sometimes the best time [...]

26 02, 2017

Race and War (Five Years Later)

By | 2017-02-26T20:18:48+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Random Thoughts|

I decided to release this throwback video today on the 5th anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death because most of us are still not really comfortable talking about race or war in this country with family members, let alone complete strangers. I wanted to publish the short story first or do another theatrical run but someone [...]

8 11, 2016

One of my favorite MLK Quotes

By | 2016-12-04T15:53:08+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Random Thoughts|

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said... The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may [...]

14 06, 2016

What I was thinking after the last deadly shooting

By | 2016-11-09T23:30:23+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Random Thoughts|

First Thought "Really? I am so done with humans. Really I am. Just kill them all." Second Thought "Ok the thought that we are doing nothing to decrease gun violence makes me angry, but how violent do I sound right now?  I'm so glad I am aware of my thoughts and don't act on them like others [...]

30 03, 2016

I’ve been looking for myself

By | 2016-12-04T16:11:24+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Random Thoughts|

I've moved three times in four years. I may have mastered the art of detachment. Letting go is a life lesson in allowing. I've been looking for myself a lot lately. It's easy to lose yourself during transitions. Found myself writing, singing, and drumming. You have to remember what you truly love and like. Change can [...]

15 09, 2015

Debut of “Race & War: an awkward conversation”

By | 2016-12-04T16:19:37+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Random Thoughts|

The cast (from left to right): Tia Strachen, me, Rick Stutzel, Alex Cruz, and Bill Martin.   Steve and I pouting at the awards banquet. :) The debut of my first short play at the Straz in downtown Tampa, went pretty well. It was the ultimate writing workshop for me and [...]

24 06, 2015

Still Standing and Still Shedding Light

By | 2016-12-04T16:24:10+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Performances, Random Thoughts|

A week ago tonight, on the evening of June 17, 2015, a mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown in Charleston, SC.  The church is one of the United States' oldest black churches and has a long history of community organizing around issues like civil rights. Nine people were killed, including the senior pastor and state senator, Clementa C. [...]

21 05, 2015

My Sunset

By | 2016-12-04T16:28:30+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Poetry|

Here's one of my most recent publications on Literary Mama, an online journal for the maternally inclined. I wrote "My Sunset" in honor of the greatest and grandest of mothers. Does it remind you of someone? Who? Below I've also posted a special reading. I was worried that this video was too melodramatic. Leave a comment [...]

19 05, 2015

What fight are you watching?

By | 2015-05-19T22:10:45+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Random Thoughts|

Dear Venusian, The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That's nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war. So being the author of She Rose: on a journey from girl to Goddess, I [...]