Nana was one of my favorite storytellers. The one that stays with me most is her traveling the backroads of Greenwood, Louisiana, with siblings in tow. Before they could continue…
This piece was originally posted on July 14, 2015 in the wake of the Obama administration decision. It is being reposted due to a broken link and relevancy–with minor grammatical…
At some point we must realize that war is simply a state-sanctioned, license to engage in mass murder and acts of economic, psychological, sexual, political, lethal and cultural terror and…
By Audrey Sebatindira I’m getting tired of learning new names. Names I shouldn’t know because no one would choose a viral hashtag over living, breathing anonymity. I’m tired of talking…
Flipping the script is both revolutionary and radical. It is a revolt against all that has been designated as “blackness” and radical–or grasping at the root–of the tenants of white supremacy and anti-blackness. Transgressing this ideology and ethic, with a practice of love is not only unheard of, but an unnatural practice in a white supremacist state. This is certainly true if we begin to use my dynamic conception of a critical love ethic: “a practice of universal liberation from cyclical and systemic violence and oppression…we must look deeply and examine the oppressor within, dare to love those who we see as threats or “other” and question whether the threat is real, imagined or internal. This is a call for a human solidarity across and beyond racialized differences and an ethic of love that first acknowledges our shared humanity and endeavors to reify that shared notion.” As I stated in earlier piece on love among black men, we must begin to reconstruct our notions of self, our relationship to others, brothers and sisters.
According to a “Breaking News” article on HuffPost the military is considering plans to permit Trans* people to serve in the military. In many ways, this can and should be framed as…