“Son—how come you talk so much ‘bout money?” “Because it is life, Mama!” “So now it’s life? Once upon a time freedom used to be life—now it’s money. I guess the world really do change…” A favorite exchange from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Lena and Walter contend what’s more, as Walter is grappling with his dream versus his reality. While the piece was written over 50 years ago, the story still rings strong-- the struggle over money, recognition, and self-wort
I have a longstanding mantra about being specific, always purposing myself to be as specific as possible—that goes from prayers to potential mate to orders at the drive through. But one example especially is last New Year’s Eve as I was flying into Las Vegas with my friend, Shana. A longstanding dream of mine-- one I would say aloud quite often was “I will see Celine Dion in Vegas for New Year’s Eve.” As we bustled through the lobby of the McCarran International Airport, I
Hipsters We are in a time where self-expression is at its highest. People of all ages are trying new things with fashion, hair, makeup, body art, blurring gender lines and bucking societal norms. Yet, in this time where self-expression in many form is celebrated and even encouraged, we should remember that, on the converse, some people will not agree with some of our expression choices. While some of us may be experimenting with green hair and cut-off shorts, some may not
James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924 (to December 1, 1987). He was an important 20th Century novelist, writer, playwright, poet, social critic, essayist and civil rights activist who offered a vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and '60s.
James Arthur Baldwin was born in Harlem, the eldest of nine children born to Emma Berdis Jones. He would never know who his biological father was. At a very young age, his mother married David B