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leslierose Leslie D. Rose


Leslie D. Rose is a Jersey-born, Xavier-educated, veteran journalist, editor, photographer, and poet. She is also a lipstick aficionado, Babyface superfan, loving cat mother, and her whole Blatina self at all times. She formerly served as the Copy Editor and Weekend Editor at Blavity News.

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Tips For Healing In Real Time On Your First Father's Day Without Your Dad

Like many people across the world, 2020 gave me the business. For much of the year, I kept myself grounded in the fact that nothing significant had harmed my family. We were OK. Until we weren't. Just one month after celebrating my dad's 80th birthday, a small portion of masked-up family members gathered in a cemetery to bid him our final goodbyes. Then I was hit with a montage...

These 5 Songs From The 1970s Still Ring True To Today's Revolution

From negro spirituals to protest songs, Black music has traditionally been used as a catalyst for social change. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, popular artists like James Brown encouraged people to stand in their Blackness with songs like "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud" and Nina Simone challenged politics with "Mississippi...

Ma’Khia Bryant’s Killing Shook My Inner Child

Just minutes after releasing nearly a year of fearful energy, I cheered at my television set when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges for the murder of George Floyd on Tuesday. It was the shortest exhale I have ever taken because as I took to Facebook to share my reflections, I happened upon a status update from a friend in Columbus,...