Like many others this past week I sat and listened to Matt Mauser begin an interview on The Today Show reminiscing about the time he first met Kobe Bryant. Working as a Spanish teacher at the private school Kobe’s daughter Gianna attended, Mauser recalled a time when Kobe, who was injured at the time, approached Mauser to request attending a field trip with his daughter. Mauser enthusiastically agreed to it without hesitation, and over time the two got to know each other beyond just a first name basis.
I think I have potential. I say this knowing exactly how much of an arrogant so and so it makes me sound. As a full-time freelance writer, my work has popped up in publications of all sizes and influence, in which I’ve expressed political opinions from a critical perspective, along with a rare smattering of nuanced art and book reviews.
We have a responsibility as black writers to share our stories. That’s the new narrative for writers of colour.
United States’ Simone Manuel who won the Olympic gold medal for the U.S. in the 100-meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, said she hopes for a day when there are more Black swimmers.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Abdoul Abdi’s sister Fatuma once told me that the reason she and Abdoul do not speak Somali is because when they would speak to each other in their language, the workers would put them on time out and isolate them in their rooms, accusing them of plotting together to escape.
I read about so many people saying that once they turn 30, they had their coming of age or should I say, “Voila!” moment.
I entered the technology field a few years ago for a number of reasons. I love innovation. I often question the status quo and try to push my comfort zones. I enjoy the thought of change and how often only through change, do we see the improvements in our everyday lives and in the larger world that we envision.
I will never forget the day when I was 5 years old and my father sat me down to have “the talk.” He told me “when you get older you will have to work 10 times harder because of your brown skin. Don’t think for a second that because you are beautiful and intelligent, you will always be treated with respect.”
Two weekends ago, I celebrated my big brother’s birthday. It was the first time I felt completely comfortable in a room full of predominantly Black, Caribbean, and as far as I know, heterosexual people.
Despite not being a fan of Internet back-and-forths, I have recently found myself engaging, often online, a number of well-meaning people (including self-titled White allies and other Black folks) who are convinced that the collective upset in Black communities following the non-indictment of Darren Wilson is overdone, when in fact it is not.