WAS PREGNANT WITH CREATIVITY
a culmination of ideas I have hauled around for the right moment.
My supportive and gifted poet friend, Omari Barksdale was much the
spark for this undertaking. All it took was his reminder that I had
gifts beyond being a professional employment seeker. With that, the
creation of this site is both an act of creativity and sheer desperation.
I am at an instance where my past, present, and future have converged
to a single place, facing one another like lost fire-trucks awaiting
My ancestors shine fog-lights along my path. Harriet Tubman and
Ida B. Wells whisper cross-generational lessons that I should be
innovative and help press the envelope for an authentic Black solidarity.
My resolve to move this project was also nourished by the examples
of Angela Odom, of www.femmenoir.net and Glen Ford of www.blackcommentator.com.
Both are great minds – and have been gracious to publish my
writings, granting me chances to teach, learn, and experience broad
And lastly, I can not claim to be worth a thing unless I offer the
communities to which I belong my few talents to help agitate for
progress in a manner that is not full of holes - and that agitates
The love-call of this site is to offer encouragement to people who
might not know that they can to do great things. It is also an organic
hub for activist solutions and rough and tumble ideas.
When a batter faces oppressive winds, she swings hard to hit her
ball over the fence. Jumping a cue ball against the eight at the
far end of the table requires a forceful stroke. The project’s
aim is to produce cogent, vigorous, corner-turning engagement.
If successful, it is poised to serve as just another online center
of cultural competence and social fitness. My position on inclusion
is a strong element of that competency. Our community’s lack
of reasonable, full inclusion based on attractional (or sexual) orientation
leaves us all lacking in flavor. We need only stir all the seasonings
in the pot toward a rich, savory product. On this critical matter
of full participation, I hope to tease and fold Black communities
together into the reader’s mind, exposing our unrealized strengths
even to the most virulent naysayer.
I hope this site attracts more commentators,
activists, academicians and just plain folk to help me impact
this groundswell - this whirling disenfranchisement we are experiencing
in our communities. I hope it satisfies the reader’s notions
of genuine intellectual pursuit. And, I hope it satisfies the
activist, sacrificial souls of Black folk.
Your thoughts and critique will make this space a living, breathing
one subject to change and revision – as I am. Thanks for your
visit, and I hope you’ll keep your good eye out on me.