Go VOTE!

Today’s intention is to VOTE:

1. bc my life depends on it.

2. bc Sameyah’s life depends on it.

3. bc someone needs to know that they have the right to vote despite their past mistakes.

4. bc if you’ve been convicted of a felony in Illinois AND served your time, you can register to vote and cast your ballot in the very next election (see state law below).

5. bc number 4 should’ve been posted all year long—daily.

6. bc Sankofa won’t allow me not to.

7. bc “in an era when a black woman voting was a laughable suggestion and a deadly proposition, Harriet voted for freedom with her feet. with her limbs. with her life. –Brittany Packnett

8. bc Ms. Owens would be disappointed if I didn’t.

*Illinois state law 10 ILCS 5/3-5: https://bit.ly/2Pfc3Mu

Just sharing.

—Sincerely, Tyra

Go VOTE!

So Why Are You Single?

I was asked a couple of weeks ago why I didn’t have a boyfriend (of course, it was man–only men ask that question). While I told the truth, I also should have given the following list of reasons that keep me from “plummeting” into the abyss of love and relationships. (Funny, I used to be a hopeless romantic.) Remember, to be aware is to be alive.

–Sincerely, Tyra

So why is Tyra single?

1. Waiting on someone equally yoked.

2. Waiting on someone strong enough to COMMUNICATE their feelings.

3. But I get stuck in my own feelings and will shut down quick.

4. I cut people off when they’re talking.

5a. I’m easily excited about every day things.

5b. Which means I’m probably a lil annoying 🤔

6. I work crazy hours/too much.

7. I don’t play coy.

8. I’m too grown to play Blues Clues with people’s feelings — wayamin, did I say that already?

9. I don’t cook often (see # 6).

10. I’d rather text or FaceTime than hold the phone to my ear.

11. I’m immensely flawed.

12. I’m equally immensely awesome.

13. Probably need to pick a struggle (In ref to 11-12).

14. I lack patience most days.

15. I am sarcastic asl—smart-mouthed to many.

16. I want too much quality time because I’m really a softie.

17. But there are too many ppl depending on my time/talents for cuddle time honestly.

18. I am a big picture thinker so lil things become complex.

19. I am easily annoyed.

20. I don’t really kno why tho. 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️

So Why Are You Single?

The Party is Over | Chicago Ideas Week

Y’all. Today, we ended up at an event that we technically weren’t supposed to be attending because of a change in venue…

After a great set of Chicago Ideas Week discussions, I gave Michael Eric Dyson my business card. He basically asks what I do and starts cracking jokes about how I’m too young to be teaching teens.

I turn around to our moderator, Jamil Smith, standing behind me and smacked him on the arm like “bruh, why isn’t your book on the table?” We laughed and he said thanks for lighting the fire under his butt to finish his book proposal.

…Kinda reminds me of the time I met Doug E. Fresh when I was leaving O’Hare, but I digress…

Oh, AND, I got to make essential oils in a trauma training this afternoon.

Somebody cue “Today Was a Good Day” for me, please.

Just sharing.

—Sincerely, Tyra

The Party is Over | Chicago Ideas Week

Fill Your Holes

Fill Your Holes

Now, If That Was A Black Person…

Tonight on “Now, If That Was A Black Person…”

A local dummy tries to open the exit door of an Amtrak train while en route to Chicago. A conductor races from another car like a linebacker in pursuit of a sack, startling passengers and screaming, “Get off the train!”

He yells again, “Get off the train.”

All eyes zoom-in on a tall, flushed face white man with a grey beard. The man is allowed to walk through the car, passed his seat/belongings to the next exit door—conductor still yelling, “No, who told you to open the door?!!” and then, “Go sit down.”

The man walks back to his seat in the middle of the car. The conductor addresses the train on the intercom to make it “undoubtedly clear” that there will not be any stops for smoke breaks.

I know what you’re thinking: All this commotion for a smoke break?

Another conductor of higher rank than the last comes and sits down near the man—who is still red in the face. The conductor asks the man if he is alright. They chat and chuckle more before the conductor tells them man, not to worry about it and gets up back to his other duties.

I wonder how differently this story would’ve played out if this man was Black.

Can you guess the race of the train conductors? Do you think race played a role in the ending?

—Sincerely, Tyra

P.S. Can you tell that I’m salty because they woke me up from some good sleep? 😒

P.S.S. Twenty minutes later the original conductor gets back on the intercom and addresses the passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to have a slight delay, so against my better judgement, I’m going to allow people to step off the train for a smoke break.” 😒😒

#ThisIsAmerica

Now, If That Was A Black Person…

Just Sharing |Newest FBI man hunt for Black community organizers

I don’t have much to say in the way of an introduction to the video. Just watch it and remember:

1. Stay woke.

2. Because THIS is America.

3. This is just one story of many.

4. The broadness of the term “Black Identity Extremists” shows the hypocrisy of White Fear and the willingness to advertise any person who promotes justice for Black lives as a “threat to the community.”

5. VICE keeps me in tune.

https://youtu.be/F1jvAsoa7HA

Just sharing.

–Sincerely, Tyra 🖤

Just Sharing |Newest FBI man hunt for Black community organizers

Revolutionary Love, II

Dear Malcolm,

I want a Nat Turner–most days.

A man willing to die

for the causes,

someone who wrestles

with the flaws of justice.

I know that God wants

a shield for all of us.

But you, will always

be safe with me

until your insecurities

find obscurity.

And when that fire

is subdued, use me.

Let me rub your

temples ’til you feel

a tremor in your heart;

soak your needs in my wants,

read the Gospel or Qur’an,

and heed the hieroglyphs

until the Nubian Dynasty

is reborn here in The New World

or at least until the next

Chicago renaissance.

You are safe in my love.

If only you cover me;

I will cover us.

—Betty

(October 3, 2018)

Revolutionary Love, II