Browsing Category : critical

in our terribleness.


  I wrote a fifteen page poem as a final paper for class. Multiverse Musu wrote the same paper and is equally as proud of it, only it’s nestled between the thirty-seven other poems she wrote when she decided to give up on academic writing for good. Thoughts of the multiverse have been saving me lately.

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A Note on Fear, An Admission on Compromise, and a Side Eye at the Obama Scale


On March 4th, 1933, Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt was to officially be inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States. For the most part, Presidential inaugurations fail to strike me as particularly remarkable (white guys giving speeches, it’s lit), but these were, without a shadow of a doubt, quite remarkable times. FDR was to give a speech to not…

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In Celebration of The Black Mermaid.


As  a youngin, almost all of my favorite movies were Disney movies. I can vividly recall rewinding my Disney princess sing-a-long video, grabbing my robe and umbrella, then performing the entire choreography to the opening song in Mulan when her grandmother prepped her for bridal status. I even had a plastic cricket on a keychain that I carried on my…

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Posts From The Crypt: A Read For Rachel Dolezal


Believe it or not, I’m actually a Black woman. Wide-lipped, broad-nosed, kinky-haired, chocolate-skinned Black. Followed around department stores once or twice Black. “Mhm sista girl” when white women wanna relate Black. Always capitalize the B in Black, baby, Black. Rachel Dolezal, who bestowed herself with the title of Black woman ten years ago, is not. I’m not wasting my energy…

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Throwback Thursday: The Paling of the District


During my summer break of sophomore year, I received strange looks in my neighborhood for the first time. The same neighborhood that I would ride my bike around on hot summer afternoons and walk my little brother home from kindergarten in, past the always packed McDonald’s and the elderly man sitting on the apartment stoop who was always around like…

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Dear Colorism.


Let me start this off by saying that I was a die-hard fan for Dear White People before it was officially released in theatres. Last year, I was one of the thousands reblogging links on Tumblr to the Indiegogo campaign to raise enough money for the creation of the movie. I recall having several conversations with my friends about how revolutionary…

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Ebola: America, Your Anti-Blackness Is Showing


My first time seeing Ebola on national news was right after my Eid celebration this summer. I recall coming home from the mosque, tuning my T.V. into CNN, and reading the headline in bold letters at the bottom of the screen: “Two Americans Diagnosed With Ebola”. At that moment, I could feel the collective rage amongst myself and my family…

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