The legacy of Black Joy

The first two weeks of 2021 have felt like a whole month to me.   But I managed to catch a theme despite the chaos this week, and that is: What is your Black joy legacy?   While we often talk about legacies when our folks are no longer with us, it’s important to note how our words and actions build our legacies in the present day. [...]

By |2021-01-15T08:09:28-06:00January 15, 2021|Blackness, Feature, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Gabrielle Perry: Progressing criminal justice reform for Black women

Gabrielle Perry found some of the nicest women she has ever met within the pink-walled holding cells of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in January 2014.   Then 21, the Louisiana native was arrested for committing payroll fraud during a time when her father’s death left her scavenging for money to pay for bills and medical expenses for her ill mother. Her charges have since been expunged, [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:37:05-06:00January 13, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Race, Story|

‘Do it scared’: 8 tips by a Southern Black yogi to get you together

So, let’s be real for a moment.   Did seeing white fragility on full display at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday distract you from your goals this year?   No judgment if all that craziness threw you off. That’s understandable. Consider this inspiring story about Birmingham’s Black yogi, Adi Devta Kaur, to get you back on track.   This time last year, Kaur, also known as [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:40:32-06:00January 11, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Noah Harris: How to give people a reason to stay in Mississippi

Like his home state, Mississippi native Noah Harris caught attention in November when he became the first Black man to be elected to serve as Harvard University’s student body president.   The 20-year-old junior and government major and his running mate, Jenny Gan, ran a campaign to make sure no Harvard student was left behind during the roller coaster ride of 2020. The pair rented a local warehouse [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:42:26-06:00January 6, 2021|Blackness, Politics, Race, Story|

New year, same Black Joy

On the last day of 2020, I read jokes on social media going around about black-eyed peas.   A tried-and-true tradition was turned into a cautionary tale: Don’t soak them peas this year. They didn’t bring us a lick of luck of 2020. We’re walking into 2021 with new traditions.   I laughed and [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:42:47-06:00January 1, 2021|Blackness, Race, Story|

The Reckon List 2021: These people are fighting to build the future South

Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to say, "To change America, you have to change the South." That's been true since the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Virginia in 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed up North, since the federal government was forced to cut [...]