(image courtesy of Shutterstock) I don’t think there has been a louder anti-racism revolt since the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Lives Matter revolution that we are witnessing right now is opening the eyes of America-- including white Americans -- to the violent systemic racism that exists in the United States. It is inspiring protests… Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam
This one time in 2020… I had to tell my son about his chocolate skin in America… How his skin is so dark he might be mistaken for a monkey or a hoodlum. How his big natural curly afro can be offensive to some people with no melanin in their skin. How to keep his… Continue reading Little Brown Boy
Riding along on my way Trying to have my best day Look back in my rear view mirror and what do I see Two police officers behind me My mood changes from happy to fear My stomach is in knots as I begin to think About all the things that could happen I just want… Continue reading The America I See
Recently, I shared a brief summary of my last four years in Brazil. It was essentially what I could provide as context; context into who I was before I was a DREAMer. When my dreams were theoretical, my identity was Brazilian. When I came here for the chance to live out my mom’s dreams of… Continue reading Becoming American
There hasn’t been a day since I returned from my trip this January, that I haven’t missed and wanted to be back in Brazil. It’s not just because I felt safer there than I have ever felt in the United States. It’s so much more than that. When I finally got to go back after… Continue reading The Feeling of Belonging
A year ago on February 9th, 2019, I took a road trip to Santa Barbara to see an art show put together by Emily Mata, an art student at Westmont college. A photo I had shared with her was painted portraying the bond I share with an American citizen, despite our different heritage and race.… Continue reading Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata
Although the Coronavirus Pandemic has been extremely problematic and given scores of people across the globe anxiety, it has caused a lot of us to cope the best way we know how... through humor. Being a naturally paranoid person, I find myself thinking about the worst case scenario more often than I should. However, I… Continue reading RTR: No Condom? It’s Coo!
The Coronavirus was coming. It started out in China and begin to drastically spread over time. Meanwhile, people here in the United States viewed it from afar as our government did not take it serious. The comments ranged from "It's not worse than the flu" to "it ain't that serious". Fast forward to now and… Continue reading Corona Got Your Attention Now?
Photo by ZIPHAUS on Unsplash Hey my beautiful Kings & Queens! Today I’m going to get straight to the point and let you all know how beautiful, powerful, talented and needed you are with my list of quotes to uplift you all. Check them out below: 1. “I had to make my own living and my own opportunity.… Continue reading 15 Quotes To Empower My Black Kings & Queens
Blessed risings my loves! Rest in peace and prosperity Kobe, GiGi, and the other lives that were tragically lost in the helicopter crash. Welcome back to Misha's Room! Happy New Year, happy holidays, welcome to 2020. This is Black History Month, and today is all about Suit Up! Suit Up was written to pay homage to… Continue reading Misha’s Room Episode 2.3: Suit Up