Lately the Black Woman has been blown away by certain realizations. On the drive home one of my dear friends asked me when the Civil Rights Movement began for me. Hers began in the early sixties. She is white. Though she is older than I, my awareness being black started earlier. In the fifties. Emmet … Continue reading

SistahSpeak…Send in The Clowns

I’ve trying to figure out why Herman Cain is the flavor of the month in the Republicant who we going to find to beat Obama Sweepstakes. Every other week or so,another name is floated. A rather lean biography with an attempt to hide their real often embarrassing past,and lots and lots of polling goin’ on.. … Continue reading

SistahSpeak…Hope Floats

This week the blackwoman re-watched the HBO documentary about the election of Barack Obama. So glad I did. God bless PVR’s or DVR’s or whatever you call them. It was good to relive an exciting time and in ways that I find surprising, still be moved by a moment when America let itself hope. It … Continue reading

SistahSpeak…Brushing it off

The Black woman has not a few friends that are disgusted by the open and racist attitudes that can be found all over the news, and the internet. I have a somewhat different attitude . Today. My attitude changes from time to time.

SistahSpeak…I Love Being Black

Some things ought to go without saying. I love being black is one of them. At first I was going with the title I Love Being A Black Woman. Upon reflection I decided above all else I love being black. The woman part is just the cherry. Even if male, I would still love being … Continue reading


I know for many DWB stands for Driving While Black. Today for the purposes of this blog DWB stands for Dating While Black. For many DWB is a pretty serious matter. It can be a mess out there. For real. Hit it and quit it. Hit and run Same difference


Steve Jobs and Prog POC

Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has passed away at 56.   It is a loss for technology, our nation, the planet.  He was a brilliant, complicated, demanding, visionary human.  He changed the world. And what, you might say, does that have to do with people of color?  Here is what I connected to in Jobs … Continue reading

SistahSpeak…The Company We Keep

I don’t remember a time when ‘misery loves company’ was not a part of the conversation. Sometimes a reference to the perils of hanging out with negative people. Except we didn’t call them negative during those times. They were just miserable folk who wanted you to be miserable too. Ye old crabs in a barrel. … Continue reading

SistahSpeak…The Silence

The Blackwoman went silent for most of the day yesterday. For me, the scream is not protest. For this Blackwoman the scream is the fuel that feeds the engines of hatred, callousness,ignorance and fear. Just as anger rather than dissipate, fuels the flames of dissension. The scream is part of the primordial goo holding onto … Continue reading

SistahSpeak TCB

As some already know, I had a challenging year last year. Lost three friends of over forty years in one week. My father and last remaining aunt. Ruptured disc and tumors on my sciatic never. Stage three uterine cancer diagnosis. It’s the cancer thing and the health thing I really want to talk about. I … Continue reading

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