I want you to know, my embrace will always feel like home. I want you to know, when the world is dark, I will serve as your light. I cannot promise you a perfect life. I can promise you I will always fight for you—for us.
Currently, we are witnessing the longest government shut down in history. For decades, the public sector has served as a large source of employment for black workers. It is primarily because the public sector—as you would hope—has a less stringent history of racial discrimination in hiring practices than the private sector. So, for decades black workers have [...]
In D.C., the humid air grabs you and embraces you with every step you take. The Capitol—a beacon of democracy and progress—stares down streets littered with Black, destitute souls—plagued with hopelessness. D.C., a tale of two cities—power and poverty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anrFCnz4agU I miss hot summer days as a child. I miss running around without a care in the world. I miss filling water balloons up and having water balloon fights with the neighbourhood kids. However, I always overfilled my balloons. So many times, those vibrant coloured water balloons exploded in my hand in protest to [...]
The killing of Michael Brown was a turning point in my life. The death of a stranger never impacted me as intensely, before. This was when I lost my cape. My life started to feel more and more mortal. Fragility and mortality began ravaging and ripping through my psyche, like rabid dogs. Hearing about your [...]
I try to take care of you as best I can. Regular washes and tune-ups. I always have you in the best gear. To others—you may seem ragged and worthless, a clunker. To me—you are special and beautiful. The manual says Toyota, but I know you are a Benz. I never really understood why people [...]
Love, the thickest, toughest, and most opaque pill to swallow. One of those medications where the side effects can be worse than the actual symptoms. Love is a game in which rookies seldom win and pros fall short. When the seed of love is well planted—you can never abort those feelings. I tried dipping my toes [...]
Cherish those nine months Those are the only guaranteed moments The second he is born Not a single moment is guaranteed At a moments notice his soul can be ripped from his body A stray bullet A too tight choke hold Or a drug overdose Can send a stream of tears Rushing over The edges [...]
I am a Black, Nigerian, Christian man, but these identities were not always an integral component of my identity. These identities were challenged day after day. I never identified as being a Black man, until my junior year in college. Growing up in a Nigerian household—my parents always created a divide between us and Black [...]
I always hear, "The darker the berry, the sweeter juice." I never, however, hear anyone speak about how the berry must be crushed and destroyed to reap the juice. I remember times that I wanted to destroy my dark skin in the hopes of reaping some sort of sweet juice. Some sort of sweet satisfaction. [...]