On December 21, Black people around the world — or at least in the United States — may or may not have received superpowers from the once-in-a-700-years event when Jupiter and Saturn appeared so close together that they could have touched. This cosmic conjunction was able to be seen with the naked eye and led to understanding within the Black community that something supernatural was going to happen to those of us who stood outside and witnessed it. …


I am typically a forgiving person. In fact, I think I forgive too easily. My mind is quick to empathize with others and see things from their perspective, and I believe that all feelings are justified. Keep that in mind as I continue. I’m not petty. I swear!

I recently have been struggling with knowing what is an appropriate boundary for a few relationships in my life. I am currently not in contact with a few family members, and for me, that is a shock. In my past, I’ve only taken breaks from being in regular contact with anyone in…


I remember vividly the night Barack Obama got elected. I remember watching him walking to the podium with his family beside him, how glorious they looked, how full my heart was, how I was so happy to be alive to see that moment in history. I met up with my family from across the country for his inauguration on January 20 in DC, made even more special because that day was also my mom’s birthday. I remember feeling like a page had turned in America’s history, and we’d never be the same.

I had no idea the change would be…


On August 11, 2020, Senator Kamala Harris was selected as Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate. Since that time, I have seen too many articles and conversations focused on the wrong things as we look to elect leaders for our country. The political arena over these past few years has been particularly combative, and not the fair fights the optimist in me wishes it hosted, but rather a “the end justifies the means” type of warfare. This is disheartening on so many levels, and the lies that are used as weapons impale the candidates and our hopes for America. …


July 16, 2018

I like to think of myself as an optimist. As someone who can find the silver lining and the lesson in everything. I am the friend people call when they need encouragement, when they need to remember their greatness, when they have a problem and need help finding a solution, when things are the darkest.

However, on July 16, 2018, my mother died, and there is no silver lining. I found out via a FaceTime call from my father on the day I was excited and moving (to a different state) with my husband of 1 year…


Some time ago, I was babysitting my (at the time) 4-year-old niece, which I love doing. It was about 5:30 pm, and she was playing with her toys, unwinding from a long day at school. I told her, “In 30 minutes, dinner will be ready, so it will be time to stop playing with your toys and to sit at the table and eat dinner.” She said, “Okay!” At 5:45 pm, I told her, “Hey love, so in 15 minutes, it will be time to stop playing and to have dinner.” Again she said, “Okay!” At 6:00 pm, I let…


Happy Juneteenth.

As Juneteenth approached this year, for the first time in history, there were rolling announcements from multiple corporations that they were going to recognize the day as a holiday. Salaried employees get the day off, hourly employees get paid time and a half like on national holidays, and I must admit, I’ve got mixed feelings about it all.

Growing up, my family did not celebrate Juneteenth — a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. I am not sure why, but we did celebrate Kwanzaa — a 7-day holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of African-Americans to…


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“You don’t see color? So what do you do at a traffic light?” — Trevor Noah

There is a disturbing trend of people saying “I don’t see color” and using that as justification that they can’t be racist or do racially-motivated things or perpetuate discrimination against others or…or…or... Not only is that a bold-faced lie (unless you are blind, spoken respectfully), but it is not the goal. And it’s impeding our progress.

You were born seeing color. You were given colorful toys and books and blankets because color is stimulating and enjoyable to the eye and the brain. You were…


There is a difference

As much as I appreciate that “people of color” have experienced discrimination in America, please stop grouping us all together. Since I want to both celebrate diversity and have changes made that end racial inequities, I call on you to not use one term, not make sweeping generalizations about very diverse groups that can and should be broken down into sub-groups, but rather target your interventions to whom you are trying to effect.

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The Black experience in America is similar enough that no matter your specific background, you have likely been asked a question by a non-Black person asking you…

Camara Watkins

Author. Explorer. Columbia University Alumna. Lifelong Learner. Change Agent.

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