September 1, 2020

How does the conversation of racial discrimination begin between parents and children? In our home it began when I heard my oldest daughter say the phase “Team Dark Skin.”

I have 4 beautiful daughters — all of which are smart, loving, caring and different shades of brow...

May 13, 2020

In this episode of on air with..., Janelle and Chris talk with Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers, about her experiences traveling back to the Philippines and the journey to and importance of telling her story. Take a listen to find out why you should get your ow...

July 2, 2019

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation was embattled in its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State … shall be then, t...

September 27, 2018

Editor's note: I wrote the beginning of this article for the blog a year ago. Due to scheduling, I never posted it. Since then, it's been sitting in a scrap pile of words that I call "My Vent Box." Sadly, with the death of Botham Jean, this is relevant again.

We all kno...

June 6, 2018

I came out, publicly, a few years ago. Prior to my grand Facebook announcement, most of the people in my life already knew. Of the people that I interacted with on a regular basis, the people who were the last to know were my very Mormon parents. Although my mother had...

January 17, 2018

First, let me say I started writing this article after the Dove ad scandal. (Can you call it a scandal?) It's important that I highlight that because I'm only publishing it now after the H&M scandal. I waited because I knew there would be another time that this article...

August 30, 2017

The main reason I started The Echoes Blog was because I wanted us to share stories that might give us insight to how supremacy, prejudice, ignorance, untruths, and the dangers of inequality and disproportionate power run through the veins of our society and infect our...

January 26, 2017

I struggled with what my first blog piece would be. There are so many topics to be discussed. But I thought it best to start with this question.

Many groups yell about civil rights: about them being violated, or upheld, or non-existent. But do we really know what they a...

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