E.M. Monroe

"I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live." Weems

Models Monday: Commemorative Lies

Last week, I wrote a post about the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and offered a few reasons why I’ve waited to go. Today, I have a new … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: Resemblances

For people who know me, ¬†you could easily think that the photograph above depicts me in someone’s kitchen. You would be wrong though, as my mother is the teen featured … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Measuring Lives through Currency

Museum honors young lives lost in church bombing. For some time now, I’ve been sitting on this report (hyperlink above offers a video news report and transcript of the interviews … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: Choosing Words, Building Worlds

Over the weekend, Miles had a play date with a former school buddy. We happened to see the five-year-old with his mom while out running errands earlier that week. I … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Models Monday: Now I Get It

I have heard Beyonce’s “Who Run the World (Girls)” before. I have probably seen her perform it on one Youtube video or another, but when I saw her perform that … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment


Originally posted on Abagond:
BiDil (2005) is the trade name for isosorbide dinitrate/hydralazine, a heart medicine for Blacks. It is the first race-based prescription drug¬†approved by the US government’s Food…

July 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” Frederick Douglass

When I was a child, I had very petty reasons for being in the doldrums about the fourth of July. Basically my melancholy had everything to do with the menu … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

RIP: Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

Before my dear friend Carmen introduced me to Walter Dean Myers and thus one of my son’s favorite books, The Blues of Flats Brown, my husband told me that his … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Models Monday: Claim Your Name…and Make Others Call You by It

When my son was a baby, his babysitter called him Little Bean because Bean was my family’s nickname for me. When we celebrated his fifth birthday this year, the ex-babysitter’s … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 2 Comments


By the time I was aware of anything going on in my life and in the world, Muhammad Ali was ending his career and thus very far from his glory … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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