Archive: Jan 2017

  1. Black-ish & Speechless: The Night Primetime TV Got It Right

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    Despite the seemingly limitless TV programming options that exist for our entertainment pleasure, very few target the identities I have in a manner that are affirmative and validating.  However, this month, two shows managed to meet this feat.  Black-ish and Speechless aired episodes that touched on difficult topics that rarely are discussed as candidly as they should – race relations and inspiration porn, respectively.  

    Being that the nature of both episodes resonated with me profoundly, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the significance of both, and why we need more shows to be authentic about the experiences and thoughts of marginalized people.  

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  2. #Forever44: Thank You, President Obama

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    Image of me with then Sen. Obama in 2008. In the photo is a young light-skinned Black woman in a wheelchair with a tall light-skinned Black man leaning next to her. Both people are smiling for the camera.

    Today is the last day we will have Barack Obama as our President.  It was not until yesterday that this reality hit me hard emotionally.

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  3. (In)Accessible Rooms: The Biggest Lie Told By The Hotel Industry

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    2016 was the year when I traveled more than ever, and continuing my wanderlust is one of the resolutions I have for the new year.  Traveling as a wheelchair user means that there is more planning involved, especially when it comes to finding accessible places to stay.  Hotel companies are suppose to have available accessible rooms and proper accommodations within them, but many fall short to truly being accessible to those of us on four wheels.  I wanted to share my most recent incident, as it was a very poignant case of inaccessibility to date that I have endured.  

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