Daunte’s Inferno

Daunte’s Inferno

Grandma Tilson, I’m afraid of hell. Ain’t nothing to fear, there’s hell on earth. I mean the real her where you can go when you die.  You ain’t gotta die to go to the real hell. No? Uh uh, you just gotta sell that silver mirror God propped up in your soul. Sell it to [...]

Be Careful what You Wish For, Re-Presentation and 2020

Be Careful what You Wish For, Re-Presentation and 2020

2020 began with the devastating death of Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter Gianna. What still permeates my memory is how Bryant’s parents attended his public memorial to no acknowledgment. Their omission delineated a poignant truth: that the black optic attains its status following a complete uprooting from its origins. Then, we watched COVID birth [...]

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

What Will His Story Remember About the Year 2020?

His story will remember this year for everything it wasn’t. The question the confused will ask years from now is: where were you during the performative gestures that inundated 2020? The appropriate question is: where were you before? Where were you before an anti-black media told you it was okay to stand up and speak [...]

So We’re At Our Tipping Point, But…What About Tawana Brawley? #saytheirnametoo

So We’re At Our Tipping Point, But…What About Tawana Brawley? #saytheirnametoo

I wish it were true; that the waves of white supremacy came crashing down in the weeks before summer 2020. But I know that the coming weeks, months, and years to come will reference this moment to counter pro-black and “separatist” agendas that seek to actualize the change so many pursue hollowly. In the contemporary [...]