Underground: If Not for the Women…

Last week, the groundbreaking television show Underground premiered its second season and I couldn’t be more excited! Besides being a fan of the show, I was hired to write the Underground Season 2 Faith Study Guide, a 28-page resource that churches around the country will use to engage in the theological and social implications in the show. I consider this project one of the most important things I’ve ever written and I wanted to share the resource with you!

Click Underground Faith Study Guide | Season 2 to access and download the PDF and join me for some real-time engagement on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow when episode two airs on WGN America at 10 PM EST!



What I’ve Learned: A Week in New York

‘Bout a week ago [insert Shmoney Dance] I moved to New York.



I preached about this 12 year journey  here. Since my move, I’ve learned a few things. Like to hear it? Here it go:

    1. People tell you how to get places through cardinal directions. “Go north on so-and-so.” “Take the southwest train exit.” Where I’m from, we tell folks to go “left” or “right.” You don’t realize you don’t know directions well until someone tells you to go “north” and you look at them like “what that mean?”

2. $1 pizza slices will really save your life. My diet has consisted of $1 pizza slices, coffee, and more $1 pizza slices (don’t worry: I walk 10,000 steps a day most days.)
It’s a beautiful sight is to see people of all races, from business men and women to starving artists, standing outside the pizza stand, slices folded, scarfing them down in harmony. It’s a beautiful thing.

3. I haven’t mastered walking fast with coffee in my hand. I tried that on my first day of work. Epic fail. It really is a skill.

4. Speaking of walking fast: this city reeeaaally forces you to use your body. You’re walking while dodging people, things, doors, climbing steps, trying not to fall down steps, gripping MTA train poles while holding your bags and cell phone: A LOT.

5. Street harassment is real. I’ve always known this but really underestimated how often women get harassed on the streets. In Atlanta, we don’t have nearly as many face-to-face interactions with strangers as people do here. We go from car, to building, to car again. Here? You’re always in spaces with strangers — all the time. Street harassment is real.

6. Apartments are small. Really. Not a rumor.

7. I don’t really understand why g-r-e-e-n-w-i-c-h is pronounced “GREH-nich.”

8. I also don’t understand why “h-o-u-s-t-o-n” is pronounced “HOW-ston.

9. Sallie Mae and Navient will find you in New York.

10. People are nice. Not “sweet tea and biscuits” nice, but “black coffee and plain bagels” nice. Won’t give you a sugary warm feeling but it’s enough to get you going and send you on your way. People really want to help you because they know this can be a tough city to navigate. Just don’t expect much coddling in the process.


But most importantly, I’ve learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. I’ve always known that about myself but the last week has been quite the reminder.

Week one of New York living complete! I deserve a bagel. With Lox!

Love + miss y’all,

Alisha L.

Surviving Sarah Podcast Feature

A few weeks back, I recorded an iTunes Podcast with Sarah Bragg, host of Surviving Sarah, a podcast focused on what it means to survive — survive life, yourself, your kids, your jobs, whatever! [I stole that from her site, btw!]

Before I jump in: if you don’t have iTunes, click HERE to listen to a streaming version. You’re WELCOME! Continue reading

Hope Dies Last: A Word on Kelly Gissendaner

On this day, September 21, 2011, I wrote an Open Letter to the State of Georgia about the state-authorized death of one of their sons, Troy Davis.

The blog went viral in a matter of 24 hours, finding its way on a host of news sites and it would be the first time that I would enter into public discourse about social justice and the death penalty.

Four years later, I’d find myself penning yet another article about a daughter of the State of Georgia, Kelly Gissendaner, a woman whose original execution was stayed because the drugs the State planned to use to kill her were cloudy and not fit for use. Recently, we learned that Kelly would be executed by the State of Georgia on the 29th of this month, after six long months of appeals and public outcry for her stay of execution. Continue reading

The New Civil Rights Movement: An Open Discussion

From the The Shakeup’s website:

The Shakeup crew pressed pause on regular programming and invited Alisha L. Gordon,AlishaLGordonatTheShakeup M.Div. into the studio to discuss the climate of America, racism and black lives.  The discussion opened the door to the beginning of discussions that need to continue to happen in our country.

This conversation will begin a series of discussions at THE SHAKEUP and at BossFM.  Stay tuned to the BossFM website for details and to get involved, email us at blacklivesmatter@mybossfm.com

The following video has not been edited in anyway.  Viewer discretion is advised.

For an audio version of this show, check out our OnDemand Podcast.
[jump to the 42:30 minute for some good stuff!]

Remembering the Dream

There’s probably not a social media platform existing that I’m not connected to in some way: Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and my newest social media obsession, TimeHop.

TimeHop is an app that shows you everything you posted or shared on your social media sites on that day — from one year ago to eight years ago! Some may say that’s a crazy thing but it’s actually quite cool to see what you were saying, thinking, experiencing on the exact day it happened years later. Continue reading