First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’m not the type of person who likes making long lists of New Year’s Resolutions.  I feel like we often take New Year’s Resolutions to mean things that should be quick and easy to complete, but because we don’t think about them as critically as we should, we fail our NYRs as quickly as we start them.  With that being said, I do want to challenge myself this year, so here’s my list of Goals for 2017!

  1. Grow my black literature and black play collection
  2. Read every August Wilson play (I’ve become obsessed!)
  3. Read 40 books this year
  4. Keep to my new article and YouTube video schedule
  5. Finish the 8th drafts of all the plays I started in 2016
  6. Do more fun activities that involve going outside of my room (movies, NYC/Brooklyn, shows, art galleries, etc.)

Let me know what your goals and resolutions for 2017 are in the comments section below!

Also, I’ve launched a sticker campaign on TeeSpring that will only be available until January 27th!  The sticker (which can be seen below) is inspired by last week’s YouTube video on Respectability Politics, in which I give several examples of how people feed into respectability politics, even without realizing it. I will be donating 50% of the profit to Chicago Black Lives Matter. Your support is greatly appreciated. Click here to purchase! 


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Once again, Happy New Year!  Don’t forget to check back in 2 weeks for another article!

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