Get To Know An HBG (Happy Black Girl) Crystal C. Mercer

Folks stay talking about The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Once in awhile, we take a different approach and highlight the fascinating array of happy black girls and guys (hbg’s) we…

Meet Rasar Amani

In another lifetime ago, I spent my Friday nights tucked away in a studio made of straw. Okay…maybe it wasn’t made of straw, but in the seven years since my…

Thank You B. Smith

I used to wake up at the insane hour of 5:30 am on Sundays, just to watch B.Smith with Style. I found the show on accident one morning (more than…

The Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston…

Zora Neale Hurston found me by way of Alice Walker. I imagine it was that way for many black girls my age. There was no “Mule Bone” or “Their Eyes…

Where two or more are gathered…

One of my earliest memories involves attending a  Girl Scouts Brownie meeting. I was probably in 1st grade and one of the older girls in the neighbor asked my mama…

The Royale

My mom was a theater major at Antioch College. As a little girl en route to one of our first shows, I remember her telling me about her final project, bringing an original production…

I Love Myself

If I made a list of things that tempted me to get up and dance this week, Kendrick Lamar’s latest single “i” would be at the top of the list. It’s…