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What I Learned From 12 Rejection Letters

IT HURT. My first rejection letter came from the University of Michigan Business School. I kept refreshing my email to see if I’d get a follow-up response explaining some technical issue. No such response came. It hurt, but I figured I just had to get in to at least one school. The University of Pennsylvania…

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Facing Fear

I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HER FEAR. Here was this elderly and wealthy woman who was terrified of small children ages 5-10. I run a literacy center for a non-profit that invites community volunteers to work with children who are behind grade-level in reading. Out of my 55 volunteers, this elderly woman far exceeds any other…

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There’s a Crime Scene Outside My House

There’s a crime scene outside my house. It’s not even 9:00pm on a Sunday evening, and there’s a crime scene outside my house. I’m willing my eyes to stay shut, but they are wide open. I’m not dreaming. There’s a crime scene outside my house. He’s the boy who lived across the street. It’s not…

True Life: My Friend Supports Sex Slavery

    I’VE HEARD TIRADES AGAINST HIM during human trafficking rallies. I read reports about him in newspapers. I know all about this ‘John’—this monster who is consumer of prostitution. John is that guy who occasionally descends from his ladder of privilege and preys on exploited women by paying for sex. I never thought I would…

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Why Black People Don’t Travel

I TRAVELED TO SIX COUNTRIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, AND IN EACH COUNTRY I HEARD, “Wow! You are the first Black person I’ve ever met!” That exclamation was often followed by the request for me to speak on behalf of the world’s brown population by answering, “Why don’t Black people travel?” I usually responded with…