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On the Death of My Mother


This article first appeared on The Progressive. It was April 7 when my mother died. One moment we were out to dinner, laughing and planning the summer, when she suddenly started breathing hard. She’d suffered chronic respiratory problems—COPD—for the last five years. She collapsed. I wrapped my arms around her, as her body convulsed. Paramedics Read More >>

Expecting Civility, Hoping for Love


This article first appeared on Prairie Homeboy Companion. “Civility is one thing you can expect at an Episcopal church,” my uncle said to me two Sunday’s ago as we motored along Interstate-170, a short, sometimes bumpy highway that cuts through St. Louis’s central and northern exurbs. I laughed and nodded, realizing that we were going Read More >>

TUNDRA: Episode 1


TUNDRA: Cold Journey to Justice is a docu-series that captures the cold climate found in marginalized communities across the U.S. This series will feature interviews with community leaders on efforts they are mounting to combat oppressive policies and systems of injustice on a local, state and federal level. This series will also generate research through Read More >>

Looking for “Whitelash”


Originally published by Neiman Reports.  The signs that someone like Donald Trump was coming were right there, in online comments lousy with creatively spelled racial slurs that slipped past even the best filters. They were in the vicious tweets and voicemail nasty grams aimed at journalists of color, especially when we wrote about race. It Read More >>

To the Women Who Are Afraid


Photo credits to Nshepard via Flickr Creative Commons. Originally published on MomsRising.  There’s a nagging suspicion inside you that something is wrong. He calls you names. He denies your feelings. He talks over you; yells at you; humiliates you; and re-writes reality, including the reality of what happened to you. Maybe you wouldn’t call it abuse, Read More >>

‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit Has People Talking About Who and What Really is Dividing Us


Originally published by The Undefeated. Did a Saturday Night Live sketch last week hint at a future hard to envision in today’s bitter political climate — a future in which black and white people join forces against a broken government? That’s what Colleen Wessel-McCoy hopes. She and hundreds of others are working to organize a Read More >>

Black Lives Matter Less Even in Drug Addiction


Originally published on the Huffington Post.  A heroin needle. Photo credits to Wheeler Cowperthwaite via Flickr Creative Commons. Even when it comes to drug addiction, black lives matter less. Consider the current opiate epidemic, where the overprescribing of Vicodin and Oxycontin has corrupted minds, crippled bodies and shook politicians to reconsider long-held beliefs about substance Read More >>

Stop Using Children as Props in the War on Opiods


Originally published on the Huffington Post. Photo credit: DJWess via Flickr Creative Commons.  It is no secret that the opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the United States. In my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, it seems like every nightly news broadcast brings stories of still more opioid overdoses and deaths. But there was a local Read More >>