What’s in a Name? – Meeting Tayari Jones

“I’m going to name a character in my next book after you.” That’s what Tayari Jones said in conversation with me the first time we met. It was May of 2011 at the Fancy Hat Literary Luncheon, an event created and hosted by my Aunt Jennie in honor of Mama Francina’s G.U.I.L.D., our family book club. Tayari’s book Silver Sparrow was the selection for that year’s event and she was our surprise guest. She sat in the audience, quietly hidden behind a hat my aunt had given her that day…

Black Man Profiled in Chicago Walgreens

Just last week we shared video footage of a Black man in West Covina California being falsely accused in a Walgreens and this week a different man had almost the exact same thing happen to him at a Walgreens in Chicago. The man, Facebook user, Vinnie Dewayne, shared the video from his page stating that he was at the Walgreens that he frequents in his neighborhood to purchase food for his cat and travel items for an upcoming trip. Vinnie, obviously and justifiably frustrated with being confronted by police, questioned…

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Ok, so check it… I am NOT your chick-flick, Hallmark, Lifetime movie-lover. I also HATE Christmas movies (I make exceptions for The Preacher’s Wife with Whitney and This Christmas). And even though I do like a good musical every now and again, I wasn’t aware that Jingle Jangle would have singing and dancing, so I went into the movie with no expectations. I figured it couldn’t be too bad with a stellar cast that included Phylicia Rashad, Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, and Keegan-Michael Key. Thirty minutes in I was…

32 Shots: Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

As the NFL moves into Week 10, we recap where every team ranks in relation to the rest of the league and discuss the key stories surrounding their respective seasons. Where does your team rank in this weeks hierarchy? 1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) Rollin along… The 33-31 victory over the Carolina Panthers wasn’t secured until the Panthers missed a 67-yard field goal attempt on the final play. Now the score turned out to be closer than anticipated, but they did what good team are supposed to do, beat inferior…