Yesterday the nominations for the 2021 Emmy awards were announced. My timelines were full of Black people and publications being excited for the Black actors, actresses, writers, creators, etc. who were nominated for awards. Don’t get me wrong, I was proud. It made me happy to see us being rewarded for our contributions. However, at the same time, I couldn’t help but think, haven’t we moved past this?

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the importance of these awards. It’s not rooted in wanting white validation, and it’s nothing wrong with wanting a seat at the table, and acknowledgment for…

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

It’s called the power of positive thinking because thinking is just that — powerful. As a man thinketh, so is he. The book, The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living, was published in 1952 by Norman Vincent Peale and has been translated into 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies. It’s a book that has not only fallen out of favor, but one that had its fair share of critics when it was first released. I know we live in a cynical world that turns its nose at false positivity…

Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash

Disclaimer: This article is not for or against COVID-19 vaccination. I’m simply sharing my thoughts.

I have not been vaccinated, but I’m not 100% opposed to getting vaccinated. I don’t think the vaccine is some deep state conspiracy nor do I have a problem with anyone else getting vaccinated who so chooses. Though I’m sent many articles, Instagram videos, and even sermons on why I shouldn’t be vaccinated, I never pass them on. My personal feelings are that the vaccine was developed too quickly and there are still too many unknowns. The coronavirus is not even understood. It does so…

Derek Chauvin mugshot via Wikipedia

Tuesday, May 25, was the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by ex-police officer Derek Chauvin. Throughout the week, mourners have held 9 minutes and 29 seconds of silence — for the length of time Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd. Floyd was unresponsive for 3 minutes and 51 seconds of that time.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old Black man who was murdered outside of a Cup Foods store after paying for cigarettes with an alleged counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. …

Photo by Ayo Ogunseinde on Unsplash

There seems to be an unspoken understanding that men should never speak on their wife or girlfriend’s weight gain or eating habits. Why? Women are sensitive about their weight and factors like childbirth, aging, hormones, medical conditions, etc. can cause a woman to gain weight even without trying. Also, society’s standards of how a woman should look can be narrow and unattainable, so telling a woman that she needs to lose weight can be damaging to her self-esteem and self-image.

But…are there ever any exceptions to the rule? I’m not talking about health problems or a life or death scenario…

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

Because of COVID-19, almost one million women were unable to schedule their preventative mammogram screenings in 2020. Most hospitals canceled or postponed all medical procedures that were not considered urgent in order to stop the spread of coronavirus and focus on coronavirus patients. Of these one million women, Breast Cancer Now anticipates that around 8,600 people who missed their mammogram due to the pandemic may be living with undetected breast cancer. When no symptoms are present, mammography catches cancers that would otherwise go undetected. It’s estimated that breast cancer screening saved over 27, 000 lives in 2018.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Early detection saves…

Photo by Romain Robe on Unsplash

It’s 2021 and the global pandemic isn’t letting up. There’s a new variant that’s spreading across the world and also added stress as mask mandates are lifted. It’s become that much easier these days to check yourself when you have a minor complaint or issue. In fact, even moderate to serious occurrences can be brushed off with the phrase — it could be worse. Sometimes others say this to us, but most of the time it’s what we tell ourselves. The problem with this is when does it end? What qualifies as a valid feeling, complaint, or worry because the…

Photo by Houcine Ncib on Unsplash

Lately, there seems like there’s much talk going on about the act of settling. I don’t know if it’s the coronavirus, or if cuffing season has moved to the spring. Either way, there’s much debate about the pros and cons of settling. According to Psychology Today, settling means “letting go of things that are important to who you are, what you believe in, how you would like to be treated and loved, and this other part called magic.” That’s…a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the temptation to, and complexities of, settling. There are definitely justifiable reasons to contemplate…

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

As a writer, or any type of person who creates, there is no way to escape criticism. No matter how open-minded or mature you consider yourself to be, no one likes to be criticized. When you pour your heart, soul, and energy into your work, you do not want to have it picked apart.

Your work is sometimes called your baby, after all.

Somewhere back in English class, we learned that criticism can be constructive or unconstructive. Constructive criticism is helpful. It’s specific, and it gives you the feedback and suggestions you can use to improve. Unconstructive criticism, on the…

Photo by Pau Casals on Unsplash

The day after Donald Trump’s defeat, in the midst of his ongoing lawsuits alleging voter, and his refusal to concede, I wondered what pathology could explain his odd behavior and refusal to accept defeat. Was it simply denial or some type of narcissistic delusion? Had he had a break from reality, or was it simply entitlement? There was no way, in my mind, to make sense of someone insisting something to be true, when it was clear it was not — on a national platform at that. Not long after Joe Biden was declared the projected winner, Trump tweeted I…

Rosalyn Morris

Writer, Critic, Dreamer, M.A., Self-Improvement Fanatic…patreon.com/RosalynMorris

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store