The 72nd Hour and The Good Master

The 72nd Hour and The Good Master

It’s Saturday afternoon, and the black collective now approaches the 72nd hour after the Breonna Taylor verdict. Admittedly, it feels disingenuous writing that last clause, because there was no trial. The verdict was read when the soldiers of white supremacy burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March. Nevertheless, I digress. The white media has predictably [...]

Dissecting the Disrespect in the Stripper Voter PSA

Dissecting the Disrespect in the Stripper Voter PSA

I was two days younger than I am today when I saw a self-proclaimed voter PSA with black strippers twerking. One dancer even had the word “VOTE” painted on her derriere. The advertisement delineates a clear intention to arouse a twerking generation to move from the pole to the poll. Watching this base appeal to [...]

Breonna Taylor and the Black Girl Legacy

Breonna Taylor and the Black Girl Legacy

We all knew this was coming. Government officials locked down the city of Louisville, foreshadowing what the government knew would spark outage; a verdict that cleared all involved officers of Breonna Taylor’s murder. Cameron’s word engendered an overt insult to black intelligence in charging one officer with a shooting a wall and "endangering neighbors" while [...]

ADOS, The Invisible Man, and the Cult of American Citizenship

ADOS, The Invisible Man, and the Cult of American Citizenship

Hundreds of years ago, my ancestors got off a slave ship in chains. This is a fact I encounter in memory every time I sign or type my last name. As an African in America, my ancestral abduction remains an inescapable reality. A reality consistently diluted by Republican claims that center the present democracy. Claims [...]

Smiling, a “Noose” sance to Black Nationalism

Smiling, a “Noose” sance to Black Nationalism

In her poem “For Saundra,” Nikki Giovanni confronts a contentious suggestion from a neighbor. This neighbor, who Giovanni says, “thinks she hates,” asks her why she doesn’t write about trees. I think about this poem often when I’m faced with those who ask whether I ever smile or take it upon themselves to suggest avenues [...]

Cardi B, Candace Owens, and Black Censure

Cardi B, Candace Owens, and Black Censure

The contemporary climate, which meditates on the commander and chief’s overt racism, remains largely oblivious to the subtle forms of racism engendered in response. By the previous statement, I speak directly to those who have used this time of overt racial tension to castigate the original people of color. This praxis is currently manifested in [...]