African American History · power · womanhood

homecoming

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I loved Beyonce’s Homecoming, which premiered on Netflix this week. It brought back memories of driving to Florida A & M University since I was a preteen for the Classic and especially when I was a student at the University of Miami. There is something about being on a historically black college campus that can be invigorating. We are not perfect in our “blackness,” but collectively, we can be powerful. All of this shows up in Homecoming. I also appreciated Beyonce being open about her trials as a mother, woman and parent. IMG_4953.JPG

Quotations from her many noted figures, including Audre Lorde, were moving. Nina Simone’s voice always makes me sit up and pay attention, too.

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I thought of family. I thought of dancing on the football fields of stadiums in my native (Miami) Dade County, Florida as a high school student.

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Those were the days. This is what we say at any rate. Memory can be tricky.

Loving, too, these flowers showing out all over our yard this spring.IMG_4947.JPG

There is so much beauty around us.

And yes, I am still thinking about the Tuesday Space Matters installation and Dolen Perkins-Valdez’ comments about racial trauma in physical spaces (Thanks to Alabama Public Radio and Alex AuBuchon for the shout-out!). Still thinking, too, of my amazing students.

But back to the Beyonce…I am seeing her baby sister Solange in London this summer. Yasssss. LoveBox alright.

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