Author Archives: tinafakhriddeen

About tinafakhriddeen

Tina Fakhrid-Deen is a writer, LGBTQ family activist, and educator. She enjoys writing young adult and children's literature. She loves her family, nature, learning Spanish, and cupcakes.

Why I Rage About It All

I grieve as Baltimore grieves and rages over the insistent maltreatment of poor, black and brown bodies as illustrated by the recent murder of Freddie Gray for running from a cop. I seethe as Rekia Boyd’s memory is disgraced by … Continue reading

| Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cats & Roses: A Bathtub Tale

A vase of roses I’d received were making their way to a beautiful death, so to get more use out of them, I de-petaled, bagged and refrigerated them. I didn’t know if I’d make rose water, a rose parfum or … Continue reading

| Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Unite for What’s Right

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.  – James A. Baldwin In the midst of my rage, I’m still able to see some beautiful acts … Continue reading

| Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

When It Gets Too Deep

It’s easy to get angry at the world right now. Or at a structurally racist and classist society (and yes, we do live in one) where blacks can be killed with impunity by anyone except us in order to “keep … Continue reading

| Leave a comment

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

I was moved this evening. To my core. The Trust Theatre Ensemble performed a stage adaptation of Leslea Newman’s October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. It’s a collection of poems about the horrific night in 1998 when 21-year-old college … Continue reading

| Leave a comment

So So Tired

What do I write about when I’m too tired to think? And is it a waste of time for me to even try to write tonight? Let’s look to history for the answers. In 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer gave a … Continue reading

| 1 Comment

I’m Riding Around and I’m Getting It

My new commute, on average, takes me between 54 and 1:32 minutes. The quickest commute has been 27 minutes. It was late at night and don’t ask me why I was still at work. The longest commute was… I don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Life Lessons | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Selfie Effect

Arms stretched. Head cocked. Click. Low light. Try again. Arms stretched. Smile. No teeth. Click. Damn. Cock-eyed. Try again. Arms stretched. Side shot. Pout. Click. Cute. Not cute enough though. Try again. Click. One arm this time. Invoke Yonce. Squint, … Continue reading

| 1 Comment

A Birthday Wish

Today is my daughter’s 12th birthday. 12 is a powerful age, often associated with a young girl’s foray into womanhood. It’s typically when she begins her menses, starts realizing the power of her voice and opens her innocent eyes to … Continue reading

Posted in Family | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Gendering Desires

Tonight, I attended Oakton’s annual Women’s International Juried Art Exhibit sponsored by Women and Gender Studies. This year’s theme is Gendering Desire: Liberation, Power and Pleasure. I absorbed art pieces that reflect what women intimately want. The topics ranged from … Continue reading

| Tagged , , | Leave a comment