Rebecca Stevens A. lists the traits of her favorite white allies. A white colleague of mine demonstrates an additional attribute. She lives her allyship without fanfare. My critique partner, @Jessica…

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As a writer, I journal. As an over-thinker, I catalog.

Obsessed with writing stuff down, I’m also compelled to impose a filing system on the stuff I write down. While others might keep a traditional journal, i.e. …

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Studying my latest essay, my critique partner comments, “In this scene, relish the victory more.”

I’m stumped. I don’t know what it feels like to relish.

Like many writers, I’ve got a chronic case of failure to pat myself on the back. I don’t stop to acknowledge the small or…

Dawn Downey

Dawn Downey writes about love and pain. Her latest book is Blindsided: Essays from the Only Black Woman in the Room. DawnDowneyBlog.com.

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