Missississippi and Texas Lift the Mask Mandate and… IDGAFWGRSISWMMFM

Long, but short coming from me, nod to Estelle Getty aka Sophia Petrillo because it’s Women’s History Month and I love Golden Girls, story shorter…
IDGAFWGTSISWMMFM and also *IYCNMWNMIWCVR*

*The last word is Respectfully. 😂

Gloria “Wish a MF Would” Richardson is Black History

Hayes. Gloria Hayes Richardson is her name. And it’s a name we already know, or should know. But the images of her staring down the National Guard, as they point rifles in the direction of her and her colleagues, begets a cornucopia of pettiness. Petty that is so petty, I’m forced to legally change her name. Because, you see, she lives by a different creed than me. Whenever I face down the barrel of white supremacy either figuratively, or in Gloria’s case, literally, I HOPE everything turns out ok. I…

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…