21 Dec 2017

In 2017, I got by with a little help from…
Despite the surreal and the tragic this year, there were many things that gave me hope, made me feel good, and inspired me to give a shout-out to the fabulous souls that made life a little sweeter for me. Here are just a few of the highlights of 2017 for me: I discovered Audible! As a result, I “read” so many wonderful books! I’m giving high fives to my three favorites: Trevor No...

13 Dec 2017

Yes We Did!
Last night, women came together as a community and made something great happen: We scored an upset victory in Alabama for a candidate who stands for equality, decency and respect for women and for all people. And black women led the way—98% voted for Jones. But Alabama is just the latest thing that’s got me worshipping and rooting for women recently. We are brilliant, we are powerful,...

08 Nov 2017

My Dad, the Wire Dog
My dad is 92 years old. He grew up in Farmville, Virginia, and served in two wars, in two different branches of the armed services: In the Air Force at the tail end of World War II and in the army during the Korean War. Dad has dementia now, and stays at a lovely senior home with a memory unit. I do a lot of traveling during the week, but I visit him almost every Sunday with my mom, his...

02 Nov 2017

Helping Amazing Black Boys Become Amazing Black Men: My Son’s Story
Book news! I’m thrilled to be included in the book The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys, by Eddie Moore, Jr., Ali Michael, and Marguerite W. Penick-Parks, just published by Corwin. What follows is an excerpt adapted from the chapter where I share my experiences as the mother of a black son—now an amazing black man—during his school years. Let Me Tell How School Started for M...

01 Nov 2017

I don’t eat meat, but now I’m a Burger King fan.
At the end of all my keynote speeches on inclusion, I leave my audiences with the three keys to making the world a better place: Consciousness, Courage and Compassion. So, when I saw the recent Burger King anti-bullying commercial I stood up and applauded!! I haven’t been in a Burger King in decades and I don’t even eat meat, but this commercial alone made me a fan of the franchise. T...

17 Oct 2017

I’m Going to SXSW!
 Hey everyone, I’m doing my happy dance!! Because…wait for it…I’m going to SXSW!!!!! (YES, I AM 5-EXCLAMATION-POINT-EXCITED!) It’s not until March, but I will be happy dancing all the way there! I’m going to be on National Geographic’s panel called Responsible Visual Discourse in Media, with the talented Susan Goldberg, editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and photo...