You haven’t truly lived until you’ve had a good pot of collard greens. Collards — not to be mistaken for mustard or turnip greens— collards by far are the best greens hands down. If you know your greens, you know the others, don’t compare. Collards are the best when they’ve been chiffonade-cut (“shif-oh-NOD” — a knife technique used for cutting herbs and leafy vegetables such as lettuce into thin strips), washed at least 4–5 times, and placed in a pot to simmer with the best ham hocks you can find. There is literally no food quite like it. It’s been…
Here I am writing on a typewriter.
But, it’s not just any typewriter.
This one belonged to my dad.
It’s honestly not the typewriter I had hoped my mother would send me. I was secretly hoping for her old IBM Selectric from her days in the military.
Nope. She sent me my dad’s old Brother GX 6750.
After sitting with this old, discolored machine I realized something.
Here are a few good tips I’ll be taking into the new year.
2020. It’s a year we won’t forget, but one we’re all happy to bid adieu. It was rife with challenges, struggles, and so many revelations about ourselves as a nation. Chances are, last year, like many of you, I was watching the ball drop and welcoming the new year from our couch (parent life). I was looking forward to 2020 and the goals I’d set for myself and my family.
Despite dealing with the flu at the top of the year, the first few months of 2020…
This ground-breaking actor, advocate, mentor, and leader taught us what purpose is really about.
Chadwick Boseman (1976–2020) was an American actor and playwright. After studying directing at Howard University, he landed his breakthrough performance as Jackie Robinson in the biopic film 42. Before achieving international fame with his role as T’Challa in Black Panther, Boseman portrayed historical figures [singer] James Brown and [Supreme Court Justice] Thurgood Marshall.
Boseman’s sudden passing hit me hard. Maybe it’s because I lost both my grandmother and father within a few years of each other. There was something about him that really resonated with me…
A hidden figure no more.
Katherine Johnson (1918–2020) was among those who played a key role in John Glenn’s mission to become the first American to orbit the earth. Her calculations of orbital mechanics, as a NASA employee, were critical to Glenn’s mission and the subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.
Johnson’s 35-year career at NASA earned her a reputation for mastery of complex manual calculations. She pioneered the use of computers to aid these tasks. Johnson refused to be impeded by racial and gender barriers. Her knowledge and work in analytical geometry made her hard to ignore. …
American civil rights leader and politician.
John Lewis (1940–2020), one of the most prominent leaders of the civil rights movement, was the longest-serving U.S. Representative from Georgia.
He led what we can truly call a ‘great American life.’ He was a champion in the ongoing struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. His life’s work was dedicated to non-violent activism and advocacy in the struggle for equal justice in America.
Here are some notable facts about Mr. Lewis:
01 / During what was supposed to be a peaceful March across the Edmund Pettis bridge…
The notorious RBG. There won’t be another like her.
In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–2020) became the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. During her time on the bench, she served as a leading voice for gender equality, women’s interests, and civil rights and liberties. Despite her own discomfort, self-doubt, and misgivings, Ginsburg graduated at the top of her class while working to keep her family together.
Here are 8 things you may have not known about RBG:
01 / Before RBG, state-funded schools didn’t have to admit women.
02 / Women couldn’t sign…
Paying homage to the impactful voices we’ve lost in 2020.
2020 has left many, if not all of us, grieving some type of loss. Covid-19 has isolated and held us captive from the things we seemingly took for granted — and it’s amplified emotions to levels we could have never anticipated.
The community grief we’ve faced stretches from family to some of the most influential people in the world. It’s real. And it’s real because it hits home. It’s relatable. We remember where we were when someone we admire said or did something that impacted our lives. While it’s easy…
Design leader with a passion for human-centered, inclusive storytelling that elevates underrepresented and underserved communities.