Models Monday: Freedom, Dignity, and Integrity

I finally had a chance to sit down and watch Free Angela and All Political Prisoners. I found it absorbing. Shola Lynch’s beautifully organized, thoughtful film offers an intriguing portrait of Angela Davis that sharply contrasts with the iconic Davis that all Americans presumably know. Knowledge based on her halo-like afro and her leather jacketContinue reading “Models Monday: Freedom, Dignity, and Integrity”

Models Monday: “This House I’m in Right Now”

After the fourth time my house was broken into, I put my house on the market. Looking at properties I could barely afford made me think about friends and family who never moved. I can think of at least three families who have had the same address and telephone number for at least my entireContinue reading “Models Monday: “This House I’m in Right Now””

Models Monday: Bitter Reminiscence

Michael Ward, one of two survivors of the 1985 Philadelphia police bombing of the MOVE residence recently passed away. His is such a sad story. The extremist philosophy that shaped his life for at least eleven years and his bearing witness to the mass murder of MOVE members would make for difficult, troubled memories. InContinue reading “Models Monday: Bitter Reminiscence”

Models Monday: The Value of Being Discreet in the YouTube Era

In Jean Theoharris’s wonderful biography,The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, she teases readers with details about Parks’s inner life through her discussion of how quiet she and her husband Raymond were. In one story, Theoharris provides Edward Vaughn’s impression of Mr. and Mrs. Parks. Vaughn was the proprietor of the only black bookstore inContinue reading “Models Monday: The Value of Being Discreet in the YouTube Era”

Models Monday: Commemorating the Lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Virgil Ware, and Johnny Robinson

Yesterday, September 15, I attended the Atlanta production of Christina Ham’s play, Four Little Girls, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel located on the Morehouse campus. The Spelman College Glee Club, two local choirs, and local actors and actresses performed Ham’s work to commemorate the grim, 50th anniversary of the decimation of the 16th StreetContinue reading “Models Monday: Commemorating the Lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, Virgil Ware, and Johnny Robinson”

Models Monday: Sovereignty

I recently finished reading Kevin Quashie’s wonderful, engaging, and provocative book, The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture. The work challenges the presumption that publicness and resistance are the sole categories for conceptualizing black life. Quashie offers “quiet” as a concept for expanding the terms of how black humanity is lived. Resistance, accordingContinue reading “Models Monday: Sovereignty”

Models Monday: Work Worthwhile

My Cousin Shay worked as a chauffeur until he became too frail. It wasn’t until Cousin Shay died that I learned that he earned his money by driving for one of Cleveland’s “prominent” white residents. What’s so striking about films like Driving Miss Daisy and The Help is the presumption these films make regarding how blackContinue reading “Models Monday: Work Worthwhile”

Models Monday: The Importance of Names

In October 1994, two boys, ten and eleven-years-old, dropped five-year-old Eric Morse from the 14th floor of the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago. LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, residents of the notorious complex, documented their witness of the tragedy in a radio documentary they named Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse. These veryContinue reading “Models Monday: The Importance of Names”

Models Monday: The Great Depression, Parenting, and Us

I never lived a single day of my life in or near 1929 but because my grandmother was a child of the depression, it touched every aspect of my home life growing-up. I think about this all the time when I consider our current beliefs about how children should be raised so that they shouldContinue reading “Models Monday: The Great Depression, Parenting, and Us”

Models Monday: Black Boys, Trayvon Martin, and the Politics of Comfort

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten! I was very deliberate in framing how I talked about Monday, August 12 with Miles because of some great advice I received last year around this time. One of my dearest friends shared the ritual she used in taking her daughter to school during those early years.Continue reading “Models Monday: Black Boys, Trayvon Martin, and the Politics of Comfort”