October 27, 1995. The corridor was too narrow for me to walk alongside her as the paramedics rolled the gurney through the triage unit of the emergency room. I was left to walk closely behind them, but still near enough to gently whisper into her right ear, “Kimmy’s still here.”
Sugar knows how to work it. Sugar takes the edge off when life is rough, and adds extra sweetness when life shines brightly. Champagne toast anyone?
The nurses gave lollipops after those mean nasty shots, and ice-cream socials were rewards for being good girls and boys out on the playground at public school. A most divine Nina Simone sirened for sugar in her bowl in 1967 for the bluesy grown ups, while Kellogg’s kept it real with Sugar Smacks cereal for the kiddos well over a decade prior (1953). The sugar pushers were here long before I arrived, and will continue long after I’m gone. Sugar isn’t going anywhere so I must be prepared…
When unfamiliar with the external factors impacting (if not promoting) the obesity epidemic among our most vulnerable population – children, we leave room for the industry to shift blame and responsibility back to parents, schools, and kids themselves…
You might be thinking, hey it’s a sweet treat for a great cause. Problem is, sugar isn’t only found in the occasional sweet-treat dessert. It’s loaded throughout processed foods like breakfast cereals, packaged snacks and juice drinks consumed daily by most kids.
In January 2016, inspired by the extraordinary power of “Hashtag Activism” through the Ferguson, Eric Garner & Tamir Rice protests here in the United States, I set out on a mission. First, utilize […]
Vocalizing warranted concerns and frustration over our broken political system — in the streets or at the playhouse is our constitutional right, but unless Trump rigged the game so that nearly 50% of the population didn’t bother to vote, we need to hold ourselves responsible for much of our own complacency throughout this election cycle too.
The Miseducated Dieter: Black Lives & The Built Environment with Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley (Coming October 2017)
While it’s easy to say: make your own food, eat more vegetables and fruits, and get outside and walk more – not all community environments were created equitably to accomplish these goals. What happens when your neighborhood community is saturated with junk-food infested liquor stores and healthy options aren’t regularly accessible?
“Wait…so she’s your daughter?” said one of the mothers while shopping a at Pottery Barn for Kids when Cami was just four years old. A handful of preschoolers were playing amidst pots and […]
A Global Inspiration: Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Brings Worldwide Message of Faith, Resilience for Youth
“You belong here…” Tears rolled down my cheeks during the opening scene from Disney’s Queen of Katwe as coach and missionary Robert Katende (David Oyelowo, Selma) reassures young Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga) that she […]
“You need to hide me because I’m running away from home,” Julie whispered as she reached the front steps of my porch. Her golden curls disheveled, she’d arrived pulling a red Radio Flyer wagon containing packaged cookies, several donuts and a bag of candy stolen from her mother’s kitchen just over a block away. Julie was my best friend throughout elementary school, but given we were only in the 4th grade at the time, I knew my mom wouldn’t go for it. I was more puzzled that Julie’s wagon didn’t contain anything else – no toys, pajamas, her backpack, or even a toothbrush. Only food…