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.”
Yesterday as I scrolled through Twitter, a video of a Black female police officer and a White subject sitting on the ground in handcuffs repeatedly found its way in my feed at least 5 times. I didn’t click the video because I was unsure of what I would […]
There are several things I want to state before I get into this blog: This blog may be difficult for some people to read and I understand that. However, this is my truth, and I know no other way to tell it but then to speak my truth. […]
It was the 3rd of the September
That day I’ll always remember
Yes, I will
Cause that was the day
Racists in America cried
Keep your church hug-giving women our propers will do just fine. In the church, it is time to give women what Aretha Franklin would have demanded Bishop Ellis III, and all pastors give Ariana Grande and all women- some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
As many of you know, I am being nominated to be the next Poet Laureate of Kentucky. In the history of Kentucky Poet Laureates, a position that was established in 1926, there has only been one Kentucky Poet Laureate that was African-American, my friend, Frank X Walker. While […]
White Feminism uses the “all the Black girls are picking on me” card. It weaponizes White tears.
Omarosa has always been one to climb the ladder of success by any means necessary. She has built a brand using cutthroat tactics to secure her position in the history of reality TV as the villian on The Apprentice. Moving from TV to the White House, Omarosa placed […]
I can still remember how I felt when I first saw her on TV. She looked regal, she stood tall and strong, in a floor-length black coat. Her name was Maya Angelou a name that I will never forget. She stood at the podium of the inauguration of […]
Columbus-nize – when a White person pretends they have invented/discovered something we been doing; a mixture of the words colonize and Columbus (who didn’t discover shit). I went to sleep last night in a haze of White Nonsense from Hitler’s, Stalin’s, Donald’s Trump’s tweet insulting both Lebron James and Don Lemon. […]
There is an African Proverb that says, “Until the story of the hunt is told by the lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” For centuries even up to today, White people have attempted to write the history and narrative for Black people. White […]