Tag Archives : Anti-Blackness

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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When Growth Feels A Lot Like A Hot Mess: Adieu, 2015.


Growing up, I could always count on three things: 1. Rice and some sort of stew would faithfully be in my family’s refrigerator 2. Mr. Randolph’s locs would be swaying along to the piano’s beat every Friday during school mass and 3. My mom would cry as the ball dropped on New Year’s. She always swore they were tears of…

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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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14 Things I Do To Actively Love My Blackness


For the past month, I’ve spent my time in San Antonio participating in a program titled the African American Literatures and Cultures Institute under the supervision of the incredible Dr. Joycelyn Moody and Dr. Howard Rambsy. Through the program, I’ve made a pretty tight clique of young scholars on the path of reaching greatness in Black Studies. Through all the immense…

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In Case You Missed It: Black History Month Recap


February is secretly my favorite month, much to the surprise of people that know me. Despite the fact that it produces temperatures that no child of West African immigrants should ever have to endure, there are so many positive things to celebrate about the month of February. Mainly, the birth of my favorite Pisces Erykah Badu, but more importantly, Black History…

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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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