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When the inauguration was underway last week, I admittedly was not as exuberant as my peers were, and I was beyond disappointed about it. There was nothing — not the gorgeous coats, wonderful performances, or historic swearing-in — that could make my spirit soar. Sure, I was relieved that Donald Trump would not be in office for the next four years, but I was depleted by the sheer cruelty that he and the rest of administration unleashed upon this country.

Back in November 2016 when the election was called, I knew I had to move out of my apartment because…

Everybody has an opinion about spiritual cleansing

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I was joking when I posted the question. Here’s what I said:

“Ministers: how much holy oil does it take to clean out and keep clear a White House? Asking for a friend. I guess a dab’ll do? A spray bottle for the perimeter? Buckets?”

The answers rolled in all weekend. But here’s the backstory. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden moved into the White House over the last two days. I’m happy for them. According to news reports, White House staff are also happy to have “life” and “energy” again in the big house and on the…

Individual people did end up mattering

A Biden campaign field organizer registers volunteers for canvassing on November 1, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

I personally know several people who were responsible for winning the election, and one of them might have been me.

It’s a bold statement, but hear me out.

Back in June, a friend of mine told me to calm down. “There’s nothing you can do,” he said. “You should meditate and accept that it’s out of your hands.” I was crumbling under the endless pressure of the news, and he was trying to soothe me.

“You’re wrong,” I said, frustrated that he wasn’t doing anything to actually help. “You know you could… ”

He cut me off. “Come on, you…

Trump wants the vote counting to stop and our democracy is at stake

Donald Trump speaks during election night in the White House early on November 4, 2020. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has declared victory on national television, claimed that his voters have been disenfranchised, and threatened to go to the Supreme Court to dispute the 2020 presidential election results. Regardless of the official ballot count, this declaration puts the president’s disdain for the electoral system in full display, and calls for a passionate, urgent, and coordinated defense of democracy.

“Millions of people voted for us tonight. A very sad group of people is trying to disenfranchise that group of people,” the president said from the East Room of the White House to cheering supporters. “And we won’t stand…

The last presidential debate was proof of Trump’s failures — and his desperation to hold onto any credibility

Trump and Biden in the final presidential debate on the campus of Belmont University on October 22, 2020 in Nashville, TN. Photo: The Washington Post/Getty Images

The most civil 2020 presidential debate to date was delivered by a Black and Indigenous woman moderator, Kristen Welker, and a newly-introduced mute button to prevent candidates from interrupting each other. Looking slightly subdued, President Donald Trump debated his Democratic opponent Joe Biden on the topics of fighting Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security, and leadership, with Welker calmly and composedly asking difficult questions. One of only two Black women to ever moderate a presidential debate, Welker’s performance was so impressive that it gained her the title of “clear winner” of the debate on social media.

Harris as a vice presidential pick is actually a good choice for Biden and the nation

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“Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution.”

That is a quote from Representative Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, during the height of the civil rights movement, Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Four years later, she would be the first Black woman to run for president. …

When beautiful lies reveal ugly truths

A closeup photo of Stacey Abrams speaking at an event.
A closeup photo of Stacey Abrams speaking at an event.
Stacey Abrams speaks during the Martin & Coretta S. King Unity Breakfast on March 1, 2020, in Selma, Alabama. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Politicians are not auditioning to be my friend. Every election cycle, I remind myself of this as I consider which candidates to support. I do not need to believe they are the best people in the world. I need to find them capable of the important work they will be tasked with should they be elected. I need to believe that more often than not they will concern themselves with the greater good over what will be the greatest good to them personally.

All too often, though, we treat politicians and political campaigns like entertaining spectacles. We want candidates to…

As Biden shapes up to become the forerunner, I’m pulling away from the Democratic Party

A photo of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders elbow bumping each other at the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate.
A photo of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders elbow bumping each other at the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate.
Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders (R) greet each other with an elbow bump as they arrive for the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

If you had asked me a week ago, I would have said I am “voting blue no matter who.” That is no longer the case.

I am an avid Bernie Sanders fan, but after the results of Super Tuesday and the primaries on March 10, I am becoming increasingly nervous about his chances. I can’t say for sure that Biden will win the nomination, and I have not entirely lost hope. But as things stand now, the math is not in Sanders’ favor. I’ve started to prepare myself for the increasingly high possibility that Biden will be the Democratic nominee.


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