I Woke Up

I Woke Up

I WOKE UP: We live in a world where police brutality and ongoing racism is normal way of life for brown folks. Living in Portland, OR, considered one of the whitest cities in the US, I am aware of my racial identity every single day. Although I am aware (and proud) of my ethnic background, I try to veer more towards unity every single day...

Are We Missing the Point?

Are We Missing the Point?

Are We Missing the Point?: Stay home. I'm sure you've heard it by now even if it hasn't been implemented in your native state. Statewide shelter-in-place acts have been ordered in Oregon, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, California, Louisiana, Delaware, Ohio, and New York. New York prefers to call their stay-at-home mandate the "PAUSE" plan and Ohio has added exemptions as have many of the other previously mentioned states, but the point should have been made clear by now. ..

Kobe!

Kobe!

KOBE!: Five-seconds left on the clock. I jab step out of a triple-threat stance. Time is running down – Three, two, one... I pull up from the makeshift elbow I've created out of the corner of my bed and scream "Kobe!" as the buzzer in my head sounds and my miniature foam Nerf basketball bounces off the back of the plastic rim attached to my bedroom door. I must have practiced that shot fifty times before being told to stop jumping around and making noise by my parents. Not content with the sound of the swish my miniature hoop...