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 January 2017, my blog begin with a critique of the Women’s March, a march that was heavily and primarily attended by White women in knitted pink pussycat hats as if we had forgotten that indeed 53% of White women that voted, voted for Donald Trump. As I […]
I could not end 2017 without thanking everyone that has stopped by my blog- Write Some Shit. Thank you so much to everyone that has read my blog, shared it on social media, in an email or linked my site to their blog, article or website. Thank you […]
In The Mis-Education of the Negro, Dr. Carter G. Woodson wrote, “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will […]
In 1940, Hattie Mae McDaniel received an Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. The Los Angeles Times praised McDaniel’s work as “worthy of Academy supporting awards,” and indeed McDaniel went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Many people viewed this […]
Black Women Do Not Exist To Save You Admittedly, I have said Trust Black Women a million times because as a Black woman, I believe we hold the solutions to so many problems in the world. However, over time the mood and meaning of this hashtag started […]
Dear Colin Kaepernick:All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy. All you had to do was throw the ball, boy. We concealed this auction block well, didn’t we, boy? You didn’t know you were on sale, boy? Didn’t we tell you to just run, boy? […]
Let’s get this out at this outset of this blog, Omarosa, you’re gonna get this draggin’. And you deserve it. However there is an opportunity for you to redeem yourself.
In a narrow win, Doug Jones has won the Senate race in Alabama. And by narrow, I mean less than 50,000 votes. So, before any of us break our arm off to pat ourselves on the back, remind yourself that this was a race between a man that […]
In Peak Level Whiteness, Donald Trump is insisting on attending the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi although many have called on him not to participate. U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, has said that he will […]
In November of 2015, I decided to quit my job of 16 years as an administrative assistant. I remember as I was exiting my office after turning in my keys and leaving a manual for the new executive assistant, I turned and looked at the office and took […]