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Leighann Lord
Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian and writer who’s been seen on HBO, Lifetime, Comedy Central, and ABC’s The View. She is the longest running columnist on Read her blog, The Urban Erma, or listen to the free podcast of it on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Leighann is also the author of Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You've Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget Volume 1 and Volume 2 available on Amazon. The paperback is available on

Entries by Leighann Lord

I Could Have Been Sandra Bland

(3) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:04 PM

The death of Sandra Bland (my sorority sister; the woman who was pulled over for a failure to signal and was found dead in jail three days later from an alleged suicide) has only reinforced my wariness of the police. Watching the dash cam video I thought, "That could've been...

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Life in the NYC Slow Lane

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 8:58 AM

The 25 Miles Per Hour Speed Limit is Killing Me

I am a Native New Yorker. That's not a typo. It should be capitalized. It's not pride in an accident of birth but it's staying here long after many friends and family members have pulled up stakes and moved to...

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There is No Spoon: A Pre-Christmas Story

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:47 PM

One of the most well-known scenes from the Matrix is when Neo is told, "There is no spoon." We can while away an afternoon discussing what that means, but the gist of it is: reality is not what it seems. A recent mind-bender for me was opening my...

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Vacation: No Laptop Required! A Cautionary Tale for Over-Achieving Workaholics with a Fear of Failure

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:17 PM

I come from an immigrant culture of color and so my parents taught me to work hard. Very hard. Work hard and then work some more. Get a job, a second job, and a side hustle. Hustle on both sides. Oh hell, just make it a 360 degree hustle. What...

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My Maya Angelou

(9) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Well, it's disingenuous to claim Maya Angelou as mine, but don't we all kinda feel that way? She sat next to me once in first class on an early-morning flight. I can't tell you where I was going to or coming from -- most likely a comedy gig. I really...

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My Brief Thoughts About Kenan and Saturday Night Live

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:38 AM

What? No Binders Full of Black Women?

As a black female comedian, I've been asked to comment on Kenan Thompson's recent statement about why there are no black women in the cast of Saturday Night Live. Since no one is going to ask me about the government shut down, the...

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Harriet Tubman Sex Tape? Too Soon

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 4:39 PM

Russell Simmons' YouTube channel, All Def Digital, posted a video last week called the "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape." When this story first flashed across my newsfeed I was pretty sure I hadn't read it right. The words were English but they just didn't make any sense. Harriet Tubman Sex tape?...

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The Palin-Clinton Coffee Klatsch

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 8:58 AM

Half listening to the Sunday talk show clap trap, I thought I misheard Hillary Clinton when she said she had not yet met Sarah Palin, but wouldn't mind chatting with her over a cup of coffee. I couldn't believe these two pivotal political women weren’t personally acquainted, but then...

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You Can't Lend Charisma

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2009 | 12:31 PM

Post Election Analysis:

The day after the election, my Dad was mad. He said, "You know who lost the election for Mayor? Obama!" he said not waiting for an answer. I was worried that senility had come for my Dad in the night. Barack Obama...

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Gimme Some Sugar, Mr. President

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 1:38 PM

When milk prices soared I took it in stride since I've never been a milk drinker. In kindergarten I told my teacher I was allergic to it so I could have apple juice instead. This allergy was news to my parents as there was no medical evidence to substantiate my...

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What's An Out Of Work Intelligence Minister To Do?

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 5:15 PM

The numbers are in and unemployment in Iran is up by one. According to the BBC, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unceremoniously fired his Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie. Getting kicked to the professional curb is painful, especially when it's sudden. But were there subtle signs Mr. Ejeie missed? Were...

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A Bad Week for Nancy Pelosi

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 8:47 AM

Blame it on the Henny?

What did she know? When did she know it? The CIA said they told her. She says they didn't and suddenly it's the worst week ever for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Watching high level political and security leaders play a national game of He Said,...

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Guns & Romance

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 9:19 AM

So here we are again: a man walked into a college bookstore in Middletown, Connecticut, and shot a woman in the face. According to early news reports he was her boyfriend. This tragedy raises the issues of more and better gun control, access to quality mental healthcare, and mandatory couples...

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The Craig's List Killer: My Sympathies to the Fiancee

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 12:46 PM

Cops caught the Craig's List Killer last week and I can't help but feel sorry for his fiancee. I doubt she saw this coming. I'm sure "serial killer" wasn't included in his Facebook profile. Sadly, even if it was, she might have chosen to overlook it thinking she could change...

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Sweet Dreams, Chris Brown

(17) Comments | Posted March 16, 2009 | 11:10 AM

Are the rumors true? Are Chris Brown and Rihanna back together after he so brutally assaulted her? I hope not but they are both rich, famous adults who can do what they want. All the rest of us in the Greek Chorus get to do is nit pick over the...

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Trust Fund Baby, Future Maybe

(8) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 12:06 AM

Financial Boogie Man Bernard Madoff has at last pled guilty. This is of little comfort to the thousands he's bilked out of billions, but it'll have to do for now. Bernie could get as much as 150 years behind bars, but jail is too good for him. Actions as diabolical...

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Iraq: Yes, It's Over, Call It A Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 9:06 AM

President Obama announced on Friday that he is ordering the immediate draw down of the 142,000 troops in Iraq, officially ending the war on August 31, 2010. Antiwar activists are displeased that this plan will take three months longer than promised on the campaign trail and will leave behind a...

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Can I Get You Anything, Senator? Your Hat and Coat, Perhaps?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2009 | 3:29 PM

His chief of staff quit on Friday. President Obama supports an investigation. The Congressional Budget Office called Kinkos and put Senator Roland Burris' new business cards on hold. The much beleaguered Senator is catching a major case of the beltway brush off.

He is being asked to resign for...

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What I've Gleaned So Far About the Stimulus Plan: Get Ready to Put Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 11:58 AM

Okay, I was tired of people telling me what's in The Stimulus Package so I decided to read it for myself. I'm an intelligent woman, a college graduate with a degree in English. How hard could it be?

In the age of serious scholarly research I went to Google and...

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I Almost Forgot, I Hate Politics

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2009 | 12:51 PM

I've been so caught up the inaugural hoopla, I almost completely forgot that I hate politics. In the seventh grade, we set up my school's first student council. Being a shoe-in for valedictorian I naturally planned to run for president, until I found out that my best friend, Jennifer, was...

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