Let me preface this piece before people read the headline and respond thinking I’m saying that Black and other people of color (POC) should always lead diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) departments or initiatives. I’m not — especially if it’s solely for the sake of tokenism, but representation matter and so does cultural competency when dealing with American corporation’s lack of diversity in work, marketing, media and creative projects.
Disney recently announced the leaders of their “dual diversity councils” (CBR.com) and doesn’t this picture scream diversity?
Hey, did your stimulus check come today? Mine did — hooray! I don’t know about you, but I really needed this financial boost.
To my conservative sisters and mighty MAGA men who needed the money just a much as I did — please say a special, “thank you, sis” to Black women and Democrats, because they are really the ones who helped us out. You’re welcome!
House Republicans and 49 Republican Senators voted against the stimulus.
All jokes aside, if you’re having some financial issues or one of the 12 million people who filed for unemployment (and probably still waiting)…
Updated: May 19, 2020
Dr. Greg Carr said it best on Roland Martin Unfiltered — “we need the momentum of memory”.
It took Derek Chauvin 8 minutes and 46 seconds to nonchalantly murder George Floyd by pressing his knee to his neck and back in public. Derek Chauvin is on trial right now. The officer that pepper sprayed Army Lt. Caron Nazario in December, 2020 was only fired because the video just went viral in 2021.
Millions marched after George Floyd’s death, but now that things are returning to normal — we can’t be complacent. …
In light of UNC’s tenure scandal, I needed to highlight the lack of diversity in college and university boards. UNC’s initial denial of Nikole Hannah-Jones’ well deserved tenure put a spotlight on how nonprofits, universities and their boards operate. This is a serious, deep rooted issue that’s created highly toxic work and academic environments for Black and brown professors, professionals and scholars across the country.
These are the 4 words that capture my state of mind, mental capacity and financial status at the moment.
I can count on one hand how many nights I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ve spent most of 2020 literally by myself — separated and isolated from family and friends. I’m single with zero prospects and why would I even attempt to bring someone into my life in limbo?
I’m laid off, looking for jobs and contracts. Unemployment doesn’t answer calls or emails. …
I’ve been a writer on Medium since 2019, and since co-founding my writing group, Writers and Editors of Color (WEOC), I’ve learned some tips and tricks along the way. I’ve written about growing your audience through the tried-and-true method of reading reciprocity. Here are some more tips and tricks to help you market and promote your work with your readers and gain a few new ones.
I will use my story about Chantilly cake as an example:
I recommend including no more than three snippets from your piece, and schedule it in the morning to get the most views. …
Twitty claimed that our modification of the land was so severe that “the scars of these plantations can be seen from space.” That quote has sat with me since I heard it. Slavery is the scar of the West. Black people were forced to hex the land in a way that satellites …
Hal H. Harris
That quote hit me, too. The physical, emotional, psychological and generational scars are carved in the earth too...
This is a riveting piece wrapped in the rhythm and movement of past and present life.
Thank you for sharing this!
Make your pictures pop in your pieces by linking them to an article or source.
If you click on the beautiful image above, it will send you to Casey Botticello’s article that inspired this piece. Here are the instructions to hyperlink your images from Casey’s guide:
“Click on an image in the editor and press Ctrl+K or ⌘+K to turn the image into a link.”
I hear you and trust and know that I've been there. That's why I'm a writer and consultant now...
After you finish moping - because we all need a mental health/self-care day.
Do a skills/asset audit - what are all the great words that describe you and wonderful things you do?
Then, look in the mirror tell yourself you deserve better, give yourself some love, grace. Clean and moisturize your face, make an exit plan starting with updating that resume...
You may have to take a pay cut or compromise on some compensation perks, but nothing is worth our sanity and peace of mind.
God bless you and I hope you find the strength to transition to a place where you're appreciated, honored and fairly compensated.
Writer, Co-founder of Writers and Editors of Color #WEOC, Bylines in Zora, Momentum, An Injustice!, POM, Illumination, The Pink, and Better Marketing