Archive: Apr 2016

  1. How “Lemonade” Empowered Me As A Black Disabled Woman

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    Lemonade is no longer known as being the sweet and tangy beverage Southerners like myself enjoy on a hot summer day.  It is now known as being the title of the visual album Beyoncé released on Saturday night via HBO, and “Lemonade” is responsible for the social media mayhem that transpired.  Beyoncé never fails to be an original, and “Lemonade” was a true work of art that encompassed so much depth, emotions, and empowerment in less than 58 minutes.  You may be wondering, “what does Beyoncé and ‘Lemonade’ have to do with disability advocacy?”  Let me tell you:  It has EVERYTHING to do with how we view the life experiences we endure on this earth, and how we grow and learn from them.  Being a Beyoncé fan, I did not expect “Lemonade” to strike me as profoundly as it did on a personal level, or to see disability representation within it.  “Lemonade” is a short film that caused me to get on a rollercoaster ride, one that made me reminisce on moments in my life that each “chapter” spoke to.  “Lemonade” is unlike anything I have watched as a music enthusiast in a long time, and I felt that it was a creation worth discussing here.

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  2. #Unbothered: Why The Overwhelmingly Whiteness Within Disability Advocacy Won’t Silence This Black Cripple

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    Last week, I participated in a Facebook chat about the lack of racial diversity within disability rights & advocacy organizations, from the founders to Board members.  Some folks were surprised that many of these entities, especially the nationally known ones, failed to have at least 50% people of color representation.

    You know who was not surprised at the lack of racial diversity uncovered?  *Raises both hands*

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  3. Letter to Pope Francis: My Disability Is Not for You to Objectify

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    Over the weekend, I came across a post written by my friend David Perry regarding a tweet Pope Francis shared that mentioned disability.  The Pope released a key paper that discussed love, marriage and family on Friday, April 8th.  Within the document, there are several mentions of disability, and what I have read of these excerpts were problematic in many regards.  The manner in which disability is referenced in the tweet and within the document disturbed me to the point that I voiced my concerns on social media, and a friend of mine suggested that I write a letter to the Pope about my stance and what I would like the Pope to understand about disability.  

    It took about 30 minutes to draft such a letter.  I referenced the tweet specifically because it had over 9.000 retweets and over 24,000 likes in a matter of days; such a wide reach demonstrates the notability Pope Francis has and how his words possesses great power to influence the way we see each other – in this case, the way disability is perceived within and outside of the family unit.  

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  4. That’s The Way Love Rolls: Online Dating Adventures of a Single Black Disabled Woman

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    Spring is in the air, which means that we will be coming out of winter hibernation and seeking activities to mingle with old and new acquaintances.  As a single Black disabled woman, I decided that this is the season where I begin my journey in finding viable candidates for the Mr. Right title.

    Yes, I am going to dip my toes back into the dating pool, and I decided to share my experiences for a new series, “That’s the Way Love Rolls.”  This series will highlight the good, bad, strange, and utterly humorous moments of my dating experience as a 30 year old disabled woman.  I will also share the experiences of other disabled women, since I know my fellow disabled sisters have some very interesting tales regarding their own journeys in finding love.  

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