Oh, joy. Another day and another White columnist telling Black people about themselves. First it was Beyonce and how she has set the bar too high for pregnant women and now it is how much money should be “enough” for Black people. Beyoncé can’t even enjoy her pregnancy […]
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.”
This week on the anniversary of Lemonade, Beyonce announced her new initiative the Formation Scholars designed to (as stated on Beyonce.com), “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. Four scholarships will be awarded, one per […]
Dear “Woke” Black People, It is inevitable when a current event issue comes across my social media feed or a “fun” internet challenge, there will be several “woke” members of the Black community that will let us know that we are not allowed to think about anything but […]
It was a love story that rivaled the best of Hollywood movies. Young up and coming African American Columbia graduate, president of the Harvard Law Review and community organizer meets Princeton and Harvard graduate lawyer from the Southside of Chicago, and they fall in love. Barack & Michelle […]
It is ironic that I write this blog on the evening that HBO is debuting the made for television movie about Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman who, while being treated for cervical cancer, had her cells stolen to create the HeLa cell lines. While most cells eventually stop […]
A recent article published by the Washington Post declared, “Racism motivated Trump voters more than authoritarianism.” Another article published by The Nation reported, “Fear of Diversity Made People More Likely to Vote Trump.” And in other groundbreaking news, water is wet, fire is hot, ice is cold, the […]
Dear (some) White people for the love of Martin, Malcolm, Rosa, and Harriet do us a favor, and please stop comparing yourself and other people that are not Black to Black Civil Rights Leaders. You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard the […]
This is NOT YOUR REVOLUTION. So please stop trying to own it. When a house is on fire, no one cares who has the water. And indeed, the house is on fire. Nobody owns a revolution. This is not my revolution. This is not your revolution. The very […]
Dear Pepsi: How in the HELL do you Plagiarize, Whitewash and Co-Opt An Entire Movement With One Commercial?
Dear Pepsi, I have one question for you. What in the hell were you thinking?! I suppose Pepsi was attempting to speak to the current issues of protests in the nation many surrounding the death of Black men and women due to police brutality by…wait for it…getting Kendall […]
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a champion for women’s rights. I stand on the shoulders of many women throughout history that have fought and sacrificed for me to have advantages in life. I am a proud woman and a soul survivor. I am a mother […]