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The New Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As an African-American, as a sociologist, and as a person who really values culture and other’s backgrounds, I’ve learned much about exactly those two topics over the course of my life. There is much AA history that is taught in public schools, and lately a lot of folks have considered that to not be the whole …

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Stranger Dinner: September 2016. (& The Flanagan Wedding)

One of the most important goals for me during rehab last month was to get out in time to make it to a wedding. This was the 3rd wedding I’ve attended this summer alone, and each time it was the result of me working my butt off in a hospice-recovery setting to try and make …

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The Grillfield.

When it comes to university dining, if this isn’t awesome then I just don’t know what is! Congratulations to Virginia Tech’s Dining Services (and especially their fearless leader and good friend Ted F.) for accomplishing yet another awesome innovation. I can’t wait to see how these on-campus, university-funded food trucks perform once the students are …

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Mandela Washington Fellows.

Today is Mandela Day. Folks are celebrating this amazing man around the world. Hearing and seeing these celebrations is inspiring me to reflect on an experience I had a little less than a month ago. The power and wisdom that I felt on that day and with those fellows left memories and an impact on me that feels like …

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Montréal is beautiful.

This is one beautiful country. I’ll share more from the trip when I’m back stateside. For now – here’s a gorgeous picture of Montrèal’s beautiful skyline from a Canadian island. It is the site of the Picnic Electronik festival we went to earlier this afternoon! I’ll be back tomorrow! :) https://www.instagram.com/p/BH-aBwnBV4C/?taken-by=hesonwheels

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