Women should feel free, but we’re standing in the way

It doesn’t matter what she was wearing. This story would be true regardless of her attire. I would have missed her if it weren’t for the chorus of hecklers that announced her presence. First came the men, at least 20 years her senior, to the right.

“Sweetness.”

“Beautiful.”

Then, the…


One Day Can Change Everything

Picture this: a little boy peering through a closed second-story window at the sidewalk below, focusing on the farthest tip of the street that he could see. He wasn’t fixated on the sway of the trees in the autumn breeze, nor the assortment of passenger cars and delivery trucks that…


I just wanted to eat my sandwich.

Picture this: a turkey club with Swiss, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo, between two slices of ciabatta bread, heated until the cheese just begins to melt. It was beautiful and well worth the fifteen-minute wait. The cafe was jumping in the middle…


I’m from Brooklyn, so I quote Jay-Z like pastors quote the Bible.

I truly believe that there’s a Hov line for any occasion; if you can’t think of one, then your knowledge of his catalog isn’t deep enough. But, I don’t have that problem because I love rap. I’m a…


After unlearning my own childhood obsession with the police, I’m giving my child the tools to shape his own worldview

The year is 2020. As usual, the news is on in our home, providing a background ambiance for our daily lives. The reporter, a White woman who is almost in tears, describes the latest developments in the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Murder. I use that word deliberately because seldom is…


We’re taught to hold it in or not feel at all. We’re taught that emotions make us weak. It’s time to unlearn that.

“Want me to give you a reason to cry?”

That was my uncle, and those are the words that reverberate in my mind. I was six years old, frozen, naked, and afraid. Except my experience didn’t involve white people, camera crews, or the survival skills that you’re taught in the…


We deserve more.

I don’t want to die with my hands up.

I don’t want to die at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve but look away when my life is on the line.

I don’t want to lie face down on the concrete with cuffs on my wrists, hoping…


#StopAsianHate is our fight too because the fight is against White supremacy.

We gathered in the living room of our Airbnb, eyes fixed on the screen. It’s a 2021 graduation and while his school is in Florida, we were in Kentucky, with the rest of his peers scattered around the…

Jayson Kristopher

Hero without a cape | Writer without a pen | Storyteller with endless tales. From Brooklyn to your screen. Read more here: https://linktr.ee/jaysonkristopher

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