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I received this game for Christmas and the possibilities are inspirational. The rules: draw a prompt card and use it to inspire a poem that uses some of the 12 “paint chip colors” in your hand. In the vein of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, the person to play the prompt card judges the “best” poem. This is, however, also a one-player game.

Here are two I’ve written. Paint chip colors indicated by Italics.


Paint Chip Poem I

Far, Far Away (Prompt)


Others celebrate, black

tie around long, thin necks.


But me, I’m on pins

and needles,


Preparing for

total eclipse. 



Paint Chip Poem II


This Is How It Will All End (Prompt)


It’s always on the tip 

of the tongue, preserved


like an heirloom tomato

clinging to the lettuce

of your salad days. But


the reflection in your eyes

reveals the stones in your pockets, waiting


as the babbling brook

swells to tsunami.

Some media literacy for your morning.


Photo: ABC Photo: ABC


According to the Washington Post, a recent Color of Change and Family Story studyfound that the news media has had a significant hand in negatively skewing the perceptions of black families.

The study’s researchers reviewed over 800 local and national news pieces published or aired between January 2015 and December 2016, sampling major networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as well as major print publications such as The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

The study — conducted by  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign communications professor Travis L. Dixon — found that national news outlets were more likely to show black families as broken and dysfunctional while white families were depicted as possessing social stability.

These images are not only distorted, but contradict government data.

Dixon found…

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