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 [...]

Don’t Call me ADOS: Contemplating the ADOS Platform in 2020

Don’t Call me ADOS: Contemplating the ADOS Platform in 2020

Reflecting on 2019 betrays a significant new development with regard to the black collective. The rise of ADOS, or the African descendant of slavery, embodies a new chapter in an ongoing discussion about diaspora, blackness, and reparations. #ADOS, is an initiative formally engendered by Howard Alum and Breaking Brown host Yvette Carnell and UCLA alumnus [...]

Oh Marianne, The Great White Hope Ain’t the GOAT

Oh Marianne, The Great White Hope Ain’t the GOAT

This country has an obsession with aesthetical emotion. By aesthetical emotion, I speak to the appearance of emotion being far more valuable than the feeling itself. America, specifically contemporary media, encourages performance but curses action. In that regard, 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson immerses herself in the contemporary racial fervor by pandering to those seeking [...]