Throwing Shade: How Black Women Use Humor on Social Media to Deflect Pain

It started as I pondered Black Twitter’s response to Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign, a well-intended but clumsy foray into America’s racial morass. The poorly conceptualized initiative spawned a hashtag of its own: #NewStarbucksDrinks. It captured the ridiculousness of discussing serious racial issues—police brutality and marginalization—over a cup of coffee. Hilarity ensued. https://twitter.com/brokeymcpoverty/status/577689333647454208 https://twit

The Fallacy of ‘Black on Black Crime’ Ulterior Motive Revealed [Part 1]

MIAMI — When little Marlon Eason, 10, was shot and killed near his Overtown home while doing what children do, social media lit up with complaints about the black community’s silence and its failure to take to the streets in protest. The ten-year old was chasing a basketball when a bullet struck him in the head, fatally wounding the youngster who attended a charter school blocks away from his home. Just miles away, Richard Hallman, 16, met the same fate-th

The Four Cs @ Nob Hill Elementary School

The Four Cs @ Nob Hill Elementary School
Big thing popping in Broward County! The Broward County Teachers’ Union invited me to Nob Hill Elementary School for a literacy program designed around Junebug and the Gumbo Garden. In the proceeding weeks, nearly 200 4th and 5th graders at the school had been reading the book and I was coming in to discuss it with them.                          

It was a great afternoon at AARLCC! (June 7, 2014)

It was a great afternoon at AARLCC! (June 7, 2014)
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale holds a special place in my heart. I can still remember my first visit, just a few years after it opened in 2002. I was blow away by the architecture, especially the incorporation of African symbolism and art. One of the first things I noticed on the horizon was the Adinkra symbols on the exterior as well as the interior of the building. In the years since my first visit,

Career Day @ Collins Elementary School

Career Day @ Collins Elementary School
I had a blast at Collins Elementary for their annual Career Day. Sometimes going into a school as a visitor for a program can be a harrowing experience, but the staff and teachers did a wonderful job of coordinating the event and making all the guests feel welcome. I spoke with 4th and 5th graders about my work as a historian. Now, not many of them raised their hands when I asked them if they liked history, but that gave me the opportunity to discuss w...

ON THE AIR! “FMU Live!” on WMBM FM 1490 – May 5, 2014

ON THE AIR! “FMU Live!” on WMBM FM 1490 – May 5, 2014
Talking about Junebug on the air at WMBM AM 1490Thanks to Vernon Martin for having me on his monthly show on WMBM AM 1490, "FMU Live!" First, let me say that Vernon is EVERYWHERE! Not only is he the head of Student Activities at Florida Memorial University, which keeps him plenty busy, he has his own radio shows, including his "Talk 2 Me Sports" blog talk radio show. I don't know how he keeps up with it all. This particular morning, we discussed the "FM

LIVE on the air with Chief Jimmy Brown!

LIVE on the air with Chief Jimmy Brown!
I talk for a living but there is something about a microphone in a radio studio that is a little intimidating. Especially when it's live. I've conducted interviews for the radio and television in the past but I've enjoyed it the most when I had the comfort of knowing my sound bites would be edited into something smooth and coherent, even if I wasn't. I didn't have to worry because I was in the company of a veteran of the airwaves. Chief Jimm...

I love meeting new readers!

I love meeting new readers!
I love meeting my readers! This young lady's grandfather purchased my book for her and then brought her to meet me. She was so excited! He said it was the longest book, with the fewest pictures, that she'd ever read, and she was enjoying it very much. Her personal request was that I name a character in my next book after her. She's got me thinking!  ...

Active Fathers ROCK!!

Active Fathers ROCK!!
In February, I was out selling books during Florida Memorial University's homecoming celebration and had the privilege of meeting this 6-year-old doll and her dad. As she walked by my table, her eyes were glued to the cover. After asking permission, she picked up the book and dove right into reading, sounding out all the words she couldn't quite pronounce. Talk about tenacity! And in such a cute package! Double thumbs up to her father, who encouraged her t