BWB (Blogging While Black)

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  2011, that’s when I started my first blog the now defunct “CostOfWork”. Back then I didn’t even know what a blog was. I also didn’t know what I was doing. My first few articles stunk! Wait, I am talking to black people, it “stank”. See what I just did, I changed my writing style […]

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Excuse Me, But Africa Is Not A Sh*thole! It’s a Beautiful!

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For years, I looked upon the President of United States of America as a figure of power, intelligence, and respect. Sadly, the man that is sitting in the Oval Office is making a  mockery of it and its citizens. When a country sits aloft the world order, that position comes with great responsibility. What happened in the White House on January 11, 2018 shows the utter lack of sensitivity, knowledge, and […]

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We Want You to Succeed

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My preteen kid has their struggles, as many kids do. As a result, my partner and I are having a number of challenging conversations with them in order to get them to see, understand, and correct their behavior for the better. Fun times! At first the approach was, “You messed up, and let’s discuss how […]

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Free #HR Holiday Advice, Party After the New Year (You’re Welcome)

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  “It’s Christmas time in Hollis, Queens/ Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens/ Rice, stuffing, macaroni and cheese/ And Santa puts gifts under Christmas trees” That’s one of the most iconic Christmas raps songs of all time by RUN-DMC! It’s a holiday tradition. Do you know what else is a holiday tradition? An Office Christmas […]

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Writing Is My Sanctuary

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My Sanctuary I liked a boy when I was eight years old and I was overwhelmed by my feelings. His name was Bradley and he had dark hair and was really good at kickball. I wrote a silly little diddy on my guitar. No one knew I liked him and I never told him, but alone in […]

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An Affordable Luxury

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My soul was restored recently.  It sounds dramatic to write that but I can’t think of a better way to phrase it. I just got back from spending 10 days exploring China while disconnected from social media and US news. I fired up my VPN to check out Twitter during the Indians brief playoff run […]

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I Have a Few Quibbles

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Ever since Paul Hebert departed from Facebook, I have missed his frequent crotchety, get-off-my-lawn type of observations.  His posts essentially took care of my need to express myself in that way. I simply “liked” or commented and left satisfied that my opinion was heard. But, alas, no one else comes to that same quality of […]

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