Four Things That Must Stay in 2017 and the Boss Behavior Required for 2018

Ayyyyyyeeeee! As 2017’s time on this earth fades to black, 2018 is waiting to take its place in the sun. As I mined through the events of 2017 — from national disgraces to local blemishes, there are many themes at a macro level that I believe will forever be attached to the year 2017: sexual assault, overt racism, and youth suicides. When assessing local patterns, … Continue reading Four Things That Must Stay in 2017 and the Boss Behavior Required for 2018

In Times of Upheaval, Teachers and Spiritual Leaders Calm Minds and Feed Souls

Exactly twenty-eight days ago, filled with anger and a hint of disgust at the display of hatred and depravity at Charlottesville, VA., I tweeted out: What are y'all teaching in school tomorrow? What are you preaching at church this morning? — Vesia #OneVoice Hawkins (@vesiawils) August 13, 2017 Classroom and The Pulpit As I wrangled with the events at and surrounding Charlottesville, I couldn’t help … Continue reading In Times of Upheaval, Teachers and Spiritual Leaders Calm Minds and Feed Souls

It’s Not My First Call with This Councilwoman and I’m Positive It Won’t Be the Last

This member of Nashville’s Metro Council does not run from a controversial subject or hesitate to challenge her opposition, or even vote according to our preconceived notions. I’ve received two calls in as many years from Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher challenging my social media posts.  The topic of the second call, just this morning, is concerned with a late-filed memorializing resolution introduced by Councilman-at-Large Bob Mendes … Continue reading It’s Not My First Call with This Councilwoman and I’m Positive It Won’t Be the Last

Why I’m Not Joining You in Protest of Charlottesville

I probably read hundreds of angry, tear-filled tweets denouncing the physical manifestation of white supremacy in Charlottesville. My timeline was filled with Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus. Women and men, mostly white, in sheer disbelief that 2017 looks like bygone centuries, a time only experienced through history books. Lady Gaga, the “woke” millennial superstar lighting the Twitter-path with #ThisIsNotUs and her followers … Continue reading Why I’m Not Joining You in Protest of Charlottesville

Guest Blog: White People, Time to Get Louder

In my most recent post You Wanna Fight About Education? Meet Me Outside…  For Coffee, I wrote of olive branches and efforts to achieve peace over coffee. I wrote that our children deserve our best efforts. Published just a few hours before the Charlottesville devastation, I’ve since had little to say. Since invaded by images of fearful white men wielding fiery torches that match their ire for anyone … Continue reading Guest Blog: White People, Time to Get Louder