Why I Cheered for France at the World Cup even Though I’m Not French

I joke that the French team is representing Africa, but here is my real reason for my obsession. The French soccer team represents something beautiful to me: it’s a team full of diverse immigrant stories that show the world,  politicians, and even the French citizens themselves, the wonderful and often understated contributions of the immigrants…

Zimbabwe Needs a Third, Viable Party!

Regardless of political party or ideology, to those who are objective and intellectually honest, what I am about to say will be fair and irrefutable. The ruling ZANU party is corrupt and incapable of purging itself of that curse without having to toss out and prosecute more people than just the G40-affiliated characters. But one…

Help Me Write My Next Book

Hey friends and stranger! I’m working on my next book. And like my last, Men Cheat More, Women Cheat Better: Stories and Conversations About Love, Life and Everything in Between (2017), my hope is to bring friends and strangers alike to share their voices and tell their own stories. What I’d be asking for would be…

My 3 Sentence Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone

I’m lazy, but always eager to share my reading choices from popular Good Black Reads Instagram page. So I write 3 sentence book reviews! Today’s review:  Children of Blood and Bone by Nigerian-American novelist, Tomi Adeyemi. This is an amazing read! The story, characters and the world Tomi Adeyemi creates blows my mind. This is exactly…

The Good Ones Aren’t Hard to Find

Some say a good woman or man is hard to find. I disagree. I think the good ones are easy to find, but the shallow goggles some of us wear make them harder to notice. The best ones pass as us by while we obsess over the bad ones. We don’t give them a chance…

Foke: Fake Wokeness

Being woke went from being something people should aspire to be and evolved into something less positive and constructive. It went from a being a state of mind and became a label. It went from being understood as a spectrum/scale and became something binary–you are or you’re not. It became a label that simply demonstrates…

Help, Don’t Judge: Mental Illness and Suicide

A couple of celebrity suicides this week. Unfortunately, this is also something that touches our own lives from time to time, and a new CDC report says US suicide rates have increased by 30%. I lost a friend to suicide. We were studying for an architecture final the night before, and he drove a few…

That Thing About Being Mixed

I have to admit, I have never thought much about the identity of those who are biracial.  While it is true that all African-Americans are mixed with “something,” most of us simply identify as Black.  This is easy to do when whatever we are mixed with is not obvious or apparent.  However, there are times…