The First White President is an excellent piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates on how racism led to the election of Donald Trump. In addition to every word being truth, Ta-Nehisi references Mark Lilla’s New York Times piece which Andrew and I discussed in one of the past conversations, which we’ll be including in our e-book.
After the events of Charlottesville were broadcast and shared, I received the most beautiful email from a friend. She reminded me of the beauty of the world and how my very existence was part of that beauty. She ended her note with a clip of Bill Withers singing “Ain’t No Sunshine”. My friend is a blind woman … Read more
Every day is Groundhog’s Day when it comes to conversations about race. This is to be expected. People come to me looking for answers. I co-founded a project to promote healthy and productive conversations about race in the United States. I frequently write about race and culture. I have many white friends who are confused … Read more
A simple declaration of solidarity unraveled everything. “To my friends of color, I know I cannot fully understand your experience of the world, but I stand with you against bigotry and hatred,” a white, male friend posted on Facebook. Within minutes, his “friends” rushed to add to his statement as if he hadn’t chosen the … Read more
“Who needs yet another old white guy’s point of view?” Peter Levenda is a Sekret Machines colleague of A.J. Hartley, and a passionate advocate of the “In Good Faith” race conversations project. Peter writes about Nazis and occultist subjects. As such, he was detained by Nazis in South America in 1979 and held at gunpoint … Read more
It’s time for real talk about self-care. Self-care has devolved from the radical notion that women can and should be their own source of happiness, fulfillment, and purpose to treating oneself to a pedicure and a massage. Self-care is not splurging $400 on a pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. Self-care is not the same … Read more
Female lifestyle empowerment and “you go girl” feminism keeps women asleep and drooling in our own sense of powerlessness. Women cried during the fight scenes in the Wonder Woman movie because they were mourning the loss of their own inner warrior. Women have traded their battle rattle for the promise of safety, comfort, and protection … Read more
By Kerra Bolton and A.J. Hartley The United States is a nation in conversation. We are talking about politics. We are talking about the things that unite and divide us. We are talking about talking. Last summer, we (a white man and a black woman) began talking about race after the series of deaths of … Read more