Last evening my daughter and I decided to make a trip to Kroger to pick up a few items. The grocery store is just a few minutes from our home, and we would stop in the store frequently to pick up milk or eggs or some random ingredient […]
Hannah L Drake is a blogger, activist, public speaker, poet, and author of 11 books. She writes commentary on politics, feminism, and race and her work has been featured online at Cosmopolitan, The Bitter Southerner, Harper’s Bazaar and Revolt TV. In 2019 during Super Bowl Sunday, Hannah’s poem, "All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy," which addresses the protest by Colin Kaepernick, was shared by film writer, producer and director Ava DuVernay, and then shared by Kaepernick. The poem has been viewed more than two million times.
Hannah’s commentary on life and challenging others to dream bigger have been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama. Hannah Drake was featured on the Tom Joyner Morning Show with Jacque Reid to discuss her international movement, Do Not Move Off the Sidewalk, which addresses the power of holding your space. Hannah was selected by the Muhammad Ali Center to be a Daughter of Greatness which features prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice. Hannah was selected as one of the Best of the Best in Louisville, Kentucky for her poem Spaces and recently was honored as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Kentucky Governor recognizing an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to community, state, and nation. Labeled as a change agent, Hannah’s message is thought-provoking and at times challenging, but Hannah believes that it is in the uncomfortable spaces that change can take place. “My sole purpose in writing and speaking is not that I entertain you. I am trying to shake a nation.”
In one day, in fact, less than 24 hours, I went from speaking about Michelle Obama to having Michelle Obama speak to me. Don’t tell me what isn’t possible!
Dear White Women, I have thought about writing this letter for years and have finally realized that it is time. Perhaps a letter that has been long overdue. I have spent more than half of my life writing everything from poetry to novels trying to speak to women […]
As the stress from day in and day out activism piled up, the endless videos of #BBQ Becky’s, mounted on top of police body cam footage released on social media showing the death of yet another Black victim, I wonder, “How can I deal with the stress that […]
With just a few days before the November 6, 2018 election Hitler Squared Donald Trump is revving up the racism to ensure that his cult, idiots, followers, supporters will go out and vote for more racists. There is no better way to do that than to stoke the […]
Throughout history, photographs have captured the emotion and message of movements or pivotal times in history. Many of us can recall seeing images that spoke to the times with many of the photographs moving, inspiring, challenging, angering or calling us to action. I can still recall the emotion […]
I remember when I was a kid my brother and sister and I would crack jokes on one another. Some jokes were funny; however, some jokes were mean and cut to the core. But no matter what, I knew at the end of the day, they were my […]
It was a typical night on Twitter as I scrolled through memes, funny videos and provocative comments about the impending confirmation of Brett I Love Beer and Sexually Assaulting Women Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Make no mistake about it, I was never under the delusion that Kavanaugh […]
“THAT’S RACIST!!!” “You are talking about racism, and THAT’S RACIST!” “You called me out on my racist behavior, and THAT’S RACIST!!” If I had a dollar for every time someone called me racist on social media, I could finally pay off all my loans and go live on […]
Only White men are allowed to be angry… So I ask… Why are you angry, White man? Did the world give you too much? Did too many women bow down to your needs? Didn’t she swallow just the way you like it? Didn’t the church make you the […]