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Romans 8:38–39 NIV — ‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

If anyone has ever cared to ask me for my favorite scripture is, I’ve probably recited the above verse. It’s the word I clung to during the darkest days of my walk, during the seasons where I questioned if Christianity was truly for me, and in…

Charlot Jeudy (Source: wikipedia.org)

This past Christmas marked one month since Haitian LGBTQ/human rights activist, Charlot Jeudy was mysteriously taken from this world. His loved ones had to spend the holiday, a time designated to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (one of the most radical activists who ever lived), without their son, their sibling, their nephew, their cousin or their friend.

On November 25, 2019, Jeudy was found dead inside of his Petion-Ville home, a small suburb outside of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. He was one of Haiti’s most visible and outspoken LGBTQ rights activists; a leader within the nation’s M community (Masisi, Madivin…

The scariest point of my twenties was waking up one morning and realizing that I had no clue who I was, or who I wanted to become beyond the expectations that everyone else had for me. This was a taxing revelation that paralyzed me for months. It left me wallowing in a state of regret over the years I spent held hostage by the wants, needs and desires of my faith community, my family and even friends. I realized that I had built a prison for myself and granted everyone else the keys of what my life should look like.

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These words originally appeared on a Facebook post published on October 10, 2018, (my 30th birthday.) Because these words deserve a home outside of my carefully curated Facebook network, I am also publishing to Medium. I have slightly edited this piece to accommodate this space.

Ten Things My 20’s Taught Me

1. There is no formula to this life and absolutes are a lie and a trick of the enemy. The disappointments I encountered in my 20’s resulted from narratives that reinforced this false ideal that certain decisions would always result in specific (positive) outcomes. …

“Fantasy is what they want, but reality is what they need.”

Ms. Lauryn Hill’s MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 album had every potential to become a timeless, beloved fixture within R&B and hip-hop culture like its legendary predecessor, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The material on Unplugged was a solid, first class testament to Hill’s evolution as an artist. Had this work been released as a studio album with the proper production backing and vocal support, it would have easily been the sophomore Lauryn Hill classic that we were all yearning for.

But instead, each selection was released in its purest form, dripping with the pain from her experiences; her raw voice…

Patty Robinson

An American-born, Haitian-raised creative with a passion for story-telling through brilliant design & the written word. Follow me: @_patrisms | www.patrisms.com

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