Category Archives: Place

  • What Does it Take to Be Black and Middle-Class?

    Posted on March 31, 2014 by AMoffettB in #Sojourners, Place, Politics.

    Attempting to describe growing up in Detroit is [sometimes] a tricky thing. There is a pressure from growing outside interest in Detroit, to either delve into a poverty porn-esque description of how difficult it was to be a quirky [magical] black girl in Detroit; or to slide to the other extreme, and focus in on […]

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  • For Mrs. Catherine C. Blackwell: Childhood Memories and Mourning Loved Ones

    Posted on February 4, 2014 by AMoffettB in Place.

    Today, my adult-self is mourning the loss of a woman who made contributions to young black people in Detroit that cannot begin to be fully understood. But today, my little brown-girl self is also celebrating what she taught me about allowing your dreams to be as big as possible. I was so lucky to grow up with women like Mrs. Blackwell in my life. Women who taught me everything I needed to know about the pride that comes with being a black woman, and the adventures that were to be had as my life moved forward.

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  • Detroit is Not a Metaphor

    Posted on September 26, 2013 by AMoffettB in #Sojourners, Place.

    Last week I went home to Detroit to attend the funeral of a loved one. While it was tough to go back for the second home-going service of the summer, I was also grateful to have the opportunity to spend some time with my family. Whenever I’m in the city, my mom is always excited […]

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