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 the wake of the racist violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lady Gaga took it upon herself to start a hashtag #BeKind, and another soon popped up on Twitter, #ThisIsNotUS. Really? This is not us? Be Kind?
By now I am sure you have heard of the domestic terrorist event, fueled by racism, which has taken place in Charlottesville, Virginia. What the media has chosen to call the “alt-right” (Tiki Torch Posse) instead of what they are-the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, bigots, racists, took a […]
I have seen the beginning, standing in the Door of No Return at Goree Island in Dakar, Senegal. I was almost afraid to walk through the entrance of what many call a slave castle. There was nothing majestic or regal about the building. Had history not recorded the […]
Guest Blogger: Naa-Shorme of Write To Live What a week. While grieving the death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at the hands of police, we received notice that justice will not be served in the case of Alton Sterling who was shot by police in Baton Rouge last summer. We […]
I should have known when the creators and showrunners of the hit TV series Game of Thrones, David Benioff, and Dan Weiss, had “Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, […]
Yesssssssssssss! Sometimes that is just how you need to get it done! And Lawrence and Issa got it done! STOP READING NOW IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE ENDING OF (AWKWARD BLACK GIRL) INSECURE Season 2, Episode 1!
It is difficult as a Black woman to type this blog and not feel some sense of “I told you so” as White America is reeling from the untimely death of Justine Damond, an Australian native murdered by the police. (Let me first say, I am against ALL […]
Poet’s Bloody Shoes Lil Poet you can’t fuck with me If you wanted to These expensive These is Red Bottoms These is Bloody Shoes Try to stand in my footprints If you dare to And I’m quick to clip a poet’s flow SO, DON’T GET COMFORTABLE! Look, […]
“If only they would cut their hair, stop wearing cornrows, get rid of their afros. If only would stop letting their pants sag, wear a suit, get rid of those sneakers and wear wingtips. If only they would stop listening to rap music, stop driving cars with tint, […]
Like many people with a pulse, I have been waiting for Game of Thrones season 7 to premiere on HBO, and babbbbbyyyyy the opening scene did not disappoint Sunday night! *Stop reading now if you do not want to know what happened.*