December 07, 2011
By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery
“We know we are beautiful. And ugly too.... We stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves."
I grew up with three grandmothers. My maternal grandmother, Irene Thomas, recently was anointed as First Mother of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Northwest; my paternal grandmother, Sis. Wala Waheed (Willie Tate), was honopred as a pioneer in the Nation of Islam by the Muslim community at Masjid Muhammad. Then there was my biological maternal grandmother, Grandma Fuller, who told me religion was some silly s*-)!
Some of their insight, wisdom, and...
December 01, 2011
Merry Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas
By Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery“We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property, it doesn't leave a whole lot of time for non-market values and non-market activity so that love and trust and justice, concern for the poor, that's being pushed to the margins, and you can see it.”—
Dr. Cornel West
Of course Princeton Professor Cornel West came to mind as I browsed through my neighborhood market place this week. I was amused by the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas competition for our dollars.