About Me


It is my hope that Failure to Listen will  inform and open minds about  culture,  social justice, equity and access in disadvantaged groups and people of color.   My Jamaican first-generation immigrant background combined with growing up in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx, will explain my passion and empathy for our most vulnerable and disenfranchised brothers and sisters.

We are individuals connected by communities.

The Internet is quickly changing the world! It’s not perfect and there are dangers. But anyone can tell her ever-changing story to the world because of the internet. My story changes as I change. But my background remains the same.

I have always wanted to be a doctor. I became one. Now I need a new career

I am an undergrad of Cornell who majored in Chemistry then received an MD from Yale Medical School. I really planned on becoming a dermatologist. My dream was to create skin care products. At that time, dermatology was not a challenging field (my perception). I felt certain boredom would set in if I doomed myself to a life of treating acne. Now dermatology is one of the most exciting fields in medicine.

I  was Board Certified in Internal Medicine.   I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital then practiced Emergency Medicine for the next 20 years with some Internal Medicine.

I retired from practice in 2009 in good standing and planned to re-certify for the Boards in 2015 but did not.   In 2011, I enrolled in the MPH program at Harvard School of Public Health. This was a one year program  that I  wished to spread out over 4-5 years but my illness intervened and I withdrew from Harvard.

I learned a lot at Harvard!

This blog site is my opportunity to share my experiences, knowledge, and the belief in the necessity of building multi-cultural relationships to facilitate collaborative solutions. This is a first step in tackling disparities in justice, equity and access as well as many other adaptive problems.

Updated on 8/19/2016

50 thoughts on “About Me

    1. LOL…Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I notices you took the time to read many of my posts. Thank you for your support.

      I also appreciated your comments about my blog on your site. It came at the perfect moment…just when I was about to give up. So THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Melissa!

  1. Angela, what a cool blog. You are way ahead of me.

    I am fully in line with your thinking.


  2. Hi Angela,

    I read and shared, The Disconnect on Linked In but I didn’t, “pick up,” on your blog. I have my slow days, (and weeks!) I am glad I venture in. I will be back. Can’t wait to see your new works!

  3. I am truly humbled that you visited and are following my blog but I’m glad you did. I would not have seen your blog. I look forward to read mre and learn more. Namaste, Oliana

  4. It is not by coincidence that you write about such mistreatment, you have a powerful voice, and God makes no mistakes with us, You are using your gift very well! May this new year bless you greatly in all that you set out to do and share!

    1. Hi Wendell, thank you…that was absolutely wonderful to read. I am very appreciative of your comments. If only others felt like you, I would be energized. 🙂

  5. Thank you for following me Angela! I will follow you also. I was so moved by your blog and some of your articles…you have a powerful and soothing voice of one who Is sent, born into this world to help bring about change. The light in your spirit my sister radiantly shines to many. I look forward to reading your words each day, again thank you for the blessing you sent my way.

  6. I’m glad I came across your blog. It’s a rare thing to find someone like you in the world. I’m old, but reading your blog makes me feel young again :>)

    1. I will and these days I get into a rut…living within the confines of my house. We will talk and I hope you are not pulling my leg about the two potential prospects. 🙂

  7. Angela,
    I am happy to have found you. I would like to reconnect. You were so helpful and kind when my husband was ill and I am happy to have found out where you went. I miss having you as my primary care physician, but can see that you had other important work to do! Congratulations on your adventures. Social justice needs to be a more popular topic everywhere. Count me in.

    Blanche (still in Amherst)

    1. Blanche,

      Thank you for the wonderful note–I appreciate your kind words.

      So good to be in contact. I find it funny that we live in the same town and rarely run into each other except at the post office.

      I learned much from both of you.


    1. Hi Diana, I love the work you do and the community you created.

      I will certainly help to support the race project.

      Life is hectic–too many unfinished projects — I would like to make some decisions before committing, but I can help to spread the word and help recruit.


      1. So good of you, Angela. I can’t ask for help. But I will really appreciate whatever you end up doing for the project. It is you I would’ve loved to hear from, to promote on my blog, share your story. =)

        I will be runing it for a few wks so give me a heads-up if you later think you can write up your story.

        Thanks for the kind, thoughtful response.


  8. We share, in common, wanting to help/serve the underserved. My hubby and I do volunteer work at a free medical/legal clinic in Thousand Oaks, CA., The Westminister Free Clinic, which services the poor in east Ventura County. Food for our hearts. Nice to connect with a kindred soul. Thank you and good luck with all your endeavors. Maybe some day our paths will cross. Love, Paulette

  9. Angela, I really love the new look of your blog site! I have shared a few poems over the past few weeks and yet I must admit I have not visited or been able to visit as many blogs as I normally do, one problem is health changes, the other is I love to leave messages to all I read…as I think that if someone takes the time to write, we should leave a response on what they share. So I feel I have neglected your blog! But the health is improving for now. I shall keep up with you and I appreciate all the information you share, for it does keep us aware. Hope all is well with you. God bless and talk to you soon!

    1. Morning Wendell, thank you and I changed the look again. Just can’t get the right feel. 🙂

      Oh, I understand and often feel like you; however, not as organized as I spread myself thin. Glad to hear your health improves; it takes illness to really appreciate health. Mine is also getting better hopefully Spring is really on the way.

      Have a great day!


  10. Thanks Angela for meeting on your blog. Warm wishes and kind regards!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCTz5fezVwI >>As a memory to RFK in his efforts to more social justice, in
    similar line as MLK and eventually President Barack Obama, – the last of which we hope that during the last 2
    years of his Presidency he will be able to push forward ever lasting changes for more social justice.

    1. Paul, pleasure to meet you. The name of your blog is one of my favorite quotes…I live my life by that quote.

      We will see what mid-term elections bring. Not sure I am completely on board with either party though…

  11. I’m impressed with what you do here—and in your hectic real-world life, too! Will look forward to spending time exploring your blog and seeing some of the many interests and inspirations you share here.

  12. Would you consider adding information about Ashes 2 Ashes? This is homegoing celebration and annual ceremony for those African Americans who lost their lives to the brutalization of lynching during the Jim Crow Laws? Ashes2Ashes4Every.com host information about the annual event which is the vision of Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker. This year the ceremony will be Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:30 pm. There is a documentary being produced by Rees Film LLC so you must register online to attend.

    1. Thank you Xena. I appreciate the nomination.

      When I first started blogging I was nominated for awards and I may have already received that one as it sounds familiar. I decided later not to participate because the requirements were tedious and I fell behind.

      I think it’s an honor to be recognized by peers and I thank you. However, can I suggest another blog? 🙂

      1. Angela,
        I’m sorry for not getting back to you sooner about this. Please forgive me. Could you do me a favor, please? Feel free to nominate the other blog, or blogs. Just a comment letting them know that you were nominated and passing it forward to them, and including the link would be a great help to me. If you can’t, it’s okay.

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