Destroying Good

I recently read this in a book by Barbara Demick called “Nothing to Envy,” on the North Korean famine. “Yet another gratuitous cruelty: the killer targets the most innocent, the people who would never steal food, lie, cheat, break the law, or betray...
Fearing Homogenuity

Fearing Homogenuity

When I was 19, I prepared for my first big trip abroad, to study abroad in France. For me, it was the chance to finally see the world. I’d traveled abroad before – a few times, in fact, but mostly to the same place, India. Europe, then, was a great...
A New Perspective on Colonialism

A New Perspective on Colonialism

Kampala, Uganda Comparisons are the unavoidable kick of travelers. Part of the quest of traveling is to gain perspective about the world, to understand it better. We see where we are through the lens of where we have been, our life experiences, which both cloud and...

Exile vs Traveling

I’m just about to finish reading Aminatta Forna’s book, The Devil that Danced on the Water. The book traced the author’s memories and search for truth about her father, who was killed in a shame trial in their homeland of Sierra Leone. For three...

Model Minorities and Expectations

I was asked to write this for a project someone asked me to contribute to – to help prepare minority youth to deal with racism and ignorance in their lives, especially as they grow older. It was written very quickly. Please let me know what you think…it...

Consumeristmas

Judging from how more crowded the streets of 5th Avenue were compared to the relative desolation of this past Sunday morning at the Harlem churches, I think I can officially declare that America’s new religion is Consumerism. I walked into Best Buy to look for a...