Sundiata is coming home

Sundiata Acoli, now 85, is home after 49 years in prison for murdering a New Jersey trooper. Many reported that he went before the state parole board four times to no avial. Sundiata received a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years and became eligible for release in 1993 because of good behavior. Since then, he has awaited this moment. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and the law enforcement community opposed the release of Acoli. Many have continued to point to “inconsistencies” in…

Intentional Parenting by Ayana Conry

There is no rule book to being a parent. For most people, parenting styles are bits and pieces of our own experiences, wanting to (or not wanting to) emulate our parents, the influence of people that we love and trust, society and it’s expectations, and many other outside factors. What I’m realizing though is that parenting is more of an inside job. One thing I’m sure we can all agree on is that there never seems to be enough TIME. Between work, social relationships (romantic and platonic), side hustles, family,…

Hurricane Ida Reflections By YaYa

Ida no… It was the 3rd of September, a day I’ll always remember…cause that was the day, that Entergy finally turned my electricity back on. Sighs in humidity. Sixteen years to the date, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, along comes Hurricane Ida. Louisiana and its fans (coughs in *visitors*) know these three things to be annual truths: 1) Mardi Gras will have you liquored up and on ya’ ass, 2) during the week of the Bayou Classic rivalry between Jags and GramFam: “ain’t no friends bih” …and last but not…

Black In Blue: A Black Capitol Police Officer Speaks Out

A Black Capitol Police Officer speaks out following the Insurrection on January 6.   If privilege was a person, it would look like every motherf**ker that was in there. It’s been almost 2 weeks since the TerrorInsurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol—or as I like to call it: the day the world saw just how delusional and dangerous president-sponsored white supremacists can be.  Once the dust settled and the night air dissipated the lingering clouds of tear gas, this country was left with a building that—possibly for the first time in its…