Without even realizing it, the last half of the year gave room for four completely different posts to become the most popular in 2014. The only repeat (this time around coming in at number five) from the most popular inaugural posts is Lupita Nyong’o Broke My Heart. I hope you all enjoy rereading or discovering these posts for the first time!
This blog post is my unofficial ode to an actress who addresses not only Hollywood’s Eurocentric beauty standards but colorism in the Black community too. I love Nyong’o something fierce.
This piece was inspired by a New York Times article of the same name. Access to quality education is a passion of mine. After all, I am a teacher. I loved this article because it moved beyond the trite “all kids need to go to college” to actually looking at what helps students graduate four or five years down the road. The answer to the latter is a lot more complex than one would expect.
This blog post–including the title–was inspired by a Vassar college professor’s Gawker piece. It’s painful for me to re-read my writing because my emotions were rubbed raw. Black lives–all lives–need to matter in the United States. Our history already shows what happens to us as a country when we choose to value one person over another.
Modeled after the “36 Hours” New York Times series, I had a lot of fun writing about my trip to this Caribbean nation.
The Caribbean fun rounded out my most popular post concerning a very-Caribbean tradition: playing J’Ouvert. A part of the Carnival holiday that is celebrated across the Caribbean, I couldn’t help but get willingly dragged into the festivities since I lived in a Caribbean neighborhood for five years.