When I first arrived in the United States in the summer of 1998, my mother and I lived in my uncle's house in Berkeley, California. He had sponsored our tourist visa. After picking us up from LAX, he took us to Disneyland and Universal Studios, before we made the six hour drive to his home.… Continue reading My Childhood in Rio
The sound of the screaming 30 feet away, will always be a vivid vocal memory. Chills that stopped me in my tracks as soon as I approached the trauma. My heart sank and my body froze. I could not move. I was stuck from any sudden movement. All the hair on my body was standing… Continue reading Unit 8 At 2:58pm
His love is unconditional. His love is deep. His love is red. Your love is younger for older. The darker the berry the sweeter the juice. The prettier the woman the easier to misuse . You are the buckle that holds my body into safety. Flexible with my movement but could snap my neck in… Continue reading His Love
Seeing the world for the first time in 1993. Being the last of 4 children. Being raised by a older mother. Growing up singled out and abandoned by my father. Being 20 years apart from the first born. Being raised by a single mother who had breast cancer, lupus, and a small hole in her… Continue reading Discovering Akilah
“Every young black male who was in the park last night is suspect in the rape of that woman who is fighting for her life” Words spoken directly from the Controversial Netflix Series “When They See Us.” Directed by Ava DuVernay. Watching the first 15 minutes I was at a loss for my words. I… Continue reading Will They See Us?
Wow, I haven’t wrote a legit paper since college so bare with me! However, I continuously write poetry about love, lust, sex, racial issues, women’s empowerment, etcetera. Today we are going to focus on childhood traumas specifically in the black community. It’s a touchy subject that many black people know all to well in our… Continue reading Childhood Trauma “Part I”
Once upon a time there was a girl. A shy girl, a quiet girl, such a naive girl . She was from a small city and knew only the things that city had to offer. She had always seen things about the big cities and told herself that one day she would move and live… Continue reading Once upon a time “HER” Domestic Violence Story
I really couldn’t find the words to start this article. In fact, I sat looking at the blank page overnight trying to figure out the point I would get across. How I would present myself and my topic to others in an understanding manner. Also, in a way that wouldn't be offensive to others. I… Continue reading “The Secret Is Out” Anonymous Interview on Sexual Assault !
I was COMPLETELY done with men. Right before Valentine's Day I got played by a guy who was still involved with his ex. He used me and then denied me when me and her confronted him in person... I felt completely defeated. It was now April 2017. I was on Instagram and I noticed that… Continue reading The Long Distance One (PART 1)