Vaccine and the Black Contribution #firstthem

The white world went from overt outrage over George Floyd’s murder to an outpour of support and enthusiasm for president-elect Joe Biden, to Floyd as a nameless nominee for Time’s highest honor (eventually awarded to Biden and Kamala Harris). Another notable shift was from “vote like your lives depends on it” to “vaccinate” for the…

Black Lives Matter: The Neo Liberal Wears Black

“A liberal: someone who thinks he knows more about your experience than you do.”— James Baldwin They were there when we needed them. They appeared amidst black bodies slain to no consequence relegated to the silence of white supremacy. But that is too often the way of the optic, isn’t it? To gift sight to…

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

What a time to be alive. What a time to be a black woman and an HBCU graduate living in their nation’s capitol. While there are countless lessons to be learned form the 2020 election, the most profound lesson is one of imagination.    A defiled imagination renders the black power manifested in white supremacist…

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

I received several emails, texts, and alerts rejoicing in what the white media calls the first black vice-president-elect. A black female CNN political analyst even called Harris’s “victory” a poetic rebuttal to Trump’s four years. To this, I say two things. The first is that Kamala Harris as Vice President functions a lot like Black…

Evil, A Poetic Rant

 Evil Looks like what drives me crazy Don’t have no effect on you— But I’m gonna keep on at it Till it drives you crazy too —Langston Hughes  Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night, I hear George Floyd cry out for his mother. His last words, an eerie longing for…

Five Things the Coney Barrett Confirmation Confirms

Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, hearing, and confirmation dominated the weeks before what many are calling “the most important election of our lifetimes. ” The process, from its association with what has come to be known as the Rose Garden Massacre to its its hasty process, has proved a national tension that runs parallel to a…

The Vice Presidential Debate, A Black Female Perspective

What always baffles me is how easily many forget that the space in which we occupy is one of strategy. This fact could not be more evident in the recent vice-presidential debate.  Both Kamala Harris and Mike Pence worked to differentiate themselves from their presidential counterparts while emphasizing the same ideas. For this reason, the…

Six Takeaways From the First “Presidential” Debate

On the surface, last night’s debate was an embarrassment, and for those vested in the white nationalist ideology that permeates America, a deviation from “American” or “presidential” expectation. To students of history, last night illuminated white interiority and illustrated that “president” continues to constitute a derogatory term. This interiority exposed both candidates as anti-black and…

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…