The “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” Cry Club

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When I started this blog, the promise I made to myself was: 1) post when I have something to say and 2) be authentic.  I have something else to say…

There is a special club that some people belong to, and our membership comes from various backgrounds.  I will explain later why am I calling it The Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Cry Club.  Let me tell you a little bit about this club… Read More

Part I: Do you really know who you are?

For my 35th birthday, my mother and I went to the Story Corps booth in Atlanta.  Prior to going in the booth, your facilitator has participants complete a demographic sheet that tells a little bit about the interviewer and interviewee, and it helps guide the discussion.  The interview is cataloged in the Library of Congress, and various museums and centers based on your demographic profiles.  My mother checked the African-American and Latino box, and I checked the African-American only.  As she looked over my sheet, she paused and said “That’s interesting that you wouldn’t also check the Latino box.”  It was one of those comments that made me pause and think, “Who am I?”  Read More