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After Casey Goodson was murdered, but before Ma’Khia Bryant was shot down, I went to an event space to rehearse with my improv troupe.

We are a bunch of still-kind-of-young professionals who enjoy playing onstage together, and over the past couple of years we have built a nice following and…


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In the fall of 2002, I was 220 pounds, starting a new career as a performer, freshly dumped by my upwardly mobile girlfriend, and kinda homeless. It was a confusing, disappointing time in which I was either regretful or worried at any given moment.

Oh, and angry. Constantly angry. So…


We spend a lifetime forgiving racism, but we never forget

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One glorious elementary school morning, I was playing with my friends Shannon and Shawn by the big-kid swing sets. It was a sunny day, and cold. I can’t remember if it was that November cold that feels like the beginning of more cold, or the March cold that whispers of…


Sometimes, we fail our kids by helping them succeed.

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In elementary school, I was in a special program for gifted kids — a group of adorable little nerds who were much more inclined to read the encyclopedia than play street football after class. We met every other week with an advisor to work on fun projects that would challenge…


Do you want to make a great pie crust. I used a period there because this really isn’t a question. Of course you do. So do these things I’m telling you to do here:

Get all these things:

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons of…


The world is telling us something right now.

It’s an ugly, terrifying truth that has become prevalent faster than, I think, we have come to realize it as a society. …


My Grandmother was meditating before it was cool.

I spent a lot of my childhood at my Grandmother’s house. It was as fun as any Grandmother’s place — there were trees to climb, neighbor kids to battle in street football, and sidewalks for optimal Big Wheel riding with my cousins.

And of course, there were rules. Many of…


Because without context, this hurts — so think about the impact of your words

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When I was 16 years old, I worked at a video store. Instead of cutting lawns or flipping burgers like many kids my age, I wore a snazzy polo and stood behind a big counter. Four days a week, I watched movies and convinced people to buy a family plan…


I deal with my father’s death one random day at a time.

One early June afternoon, I got a call from my big sister. She told me that she had something to tell me, her voice growing shakier with each word. She took a breath and told me that my father was dead.

The memory of that day just drifted in last…

Brandon Anderson

Essayist, sketch comedian and storyteller in Columbus, Ohio

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