There has been a perspective that has oft been excluded from the national limelight surrounding Ferguson and even Baltimore that I have finally come to appreciate. How do the people who are down for the movement feel when their fellow activists and protesters come to their town with their own ideas of what is wrong […]Read more "When It’s Not that Black and White: Orange Politics and Marylin Zuñiga"
For the People. By the People. Power of the People. Black. Power. #BlackSpring — Rahiel Tesfamariam (@RahielT) April 30, 2015 If you haven’t heard it’s Black Spring is upon us emerging out of the Baltimore Uprising and an important part of the Black Lives Matter Movement. This is a reader with some of my favorite articles that came […]Read more "On the Wings of Black Spring: A Reader"
That Justice is a blind goddess Is a thing to which we black are wise: Her bandage hides two festering sores That once perhaps were eyes. Langston Hughes It has been another trying week as a black man in the U.S. This morning the state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby filed charges against six Baltimore Police Officers. […]Read more "With Liberty and Justice for All [sic]"
Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble and kind: Beware the day They change their mind! Wind In the cotton fields, Gentle Breeze: Beware the hour It uproots trees!Read more "Warning! by Langston Hughes"
You know there are BARELY any blackademics in the academy and even less public intellectuals so I am not here for Dr. Dyson’s piece in a magazine that has had a problematic history with black people. I hate that I have to use a mild form of respectability politics but these “intellectual” differences should not […]Read more "When Blackademics Get Distracted"
So I am currently reading a lot of historical works that discuss the emergence of the banana industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when it occurred to me that the humble banana is an example of cultural appropriation. Yesterday April 16th, young actress Amandla Stenberg, the girl who played Rue in the […]Read more "The Banana: An Example of Cultural Appropriation"
When gentrification comes knocking at your community/city’s door, it doesn’t barge in like the police during a drug raid. It starts with a soft knock that only a few people can hear. These people tend to be eager city officials and planners looking for a way to bring in new faces and revenue into a […]Read more "But Do I REALLY Need a Starbucks in My Community?"