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  • From the quietness of the large crowd gathered in a circle, it was hard to tell what was happening. It was only when my elder brother and I got in […]

    African Feminism and the dilemma of Class

    From the quietness of the large crowd gathered in a circle, it was hard to tell what was happening. It was only when my elder brother and I got in […]

  • Napoleon, our halved hero found it decreed by the oracle
cow dung, brittle bones and a witch doctor that he be in envy 
of the black nose...

    How Waterloo was named

    Napoleon, our halved hero found it decreed by the oracle
    cow dung, brittle bones and a witch doctor that he be in envy
    of the black nose…

  • Listen.  Do you hear ghosts?  Connect them to the sound of a canoe 
on Indian Ocean.  Listen to that tape of familiar beats that has weathered 
foreign seasons.  Sukus found in Salsa.  Fela Kuti meets Masekela 
in Appalachia. Do not inhale the coal fumes.  Hold a memory.  

Commit sins of transportation. Bite the past.  Spit broken teeth 
and colored blood that will chart global awareness.  Learn 
to say fuck without flinching.  Seduce anarchy of the mind and try 
to order schizophrenia in realms just outside the touch of your black hand.

    Recipe: How to Become an Immigrant and an Exile

    Listen. Do you hear ghosts? Connect them to the sound of a canoe
    on Indian Ocean. Listen to that tape of familiar beats that has weathered
    foreign seasons. Sukus found in Salsa. Fela Kuti meets Masekela
    in Appalachia. Do not inhale the coal fumes. Hold a memory.

    Commit sins of transportation. Bite the past. Spit broken teeth
    and colored blood that will chart global awareness. Learn
    to say fuck without flinching. Seduce anarchy of the mind and try
    to order schizophrenia in realms just outside the touch of your black hand.

  • Immigrants are forced out of their native lands by great upheavals: war, famine, oppression. But in our host countries, those larger issues become abstract. We miss small, practical things that function as metaphors for home.

    Cleveland in Translation

    Immigrants are forced out of their native lands by great upheavals: war, famine, oppression. But in our host countries, those larger issues become abstract. We miss small, practical things that function as metaphors for home.

  • For Baba’s 70th One morning I burst into my father’s study and I said “when I grow up, I too want to hunt, I want to hunt words, and giraffes, […]

    Hunting words with my father

    For Baba’s 70th One morning I burst into my father’s study and I said “when I grow up, I too want to hunt, I want to hunt words, and giraffes, […]

  • "In cities such as Nairobi and Cape Town, middle and upper-classes see it not just convenient to buy bloodless and colorless meat at the supermarket, but also as a sign of having arrived.  No more going to the rural areas to buy fresh produce, or the market.  Yet, the relationship between the city and the rural is symbiotic.  Small farmers sell their fresh produce to the rural or city market..."

    Those who help themselves

    “In cities such as Nairobi and Cape Town, middle and upper-classes see it not just convenient to buy bloodless and colorless meat at the supermarket, but also as a sign of having arrived. No more going to the rural areas to buy fresh produce, or the market. Yet, the relationship between the city and the rural is symbiotic. Small farmers sell their fresh produce to the rural or city market…”

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  • From the quietness of the large crowd gathered in a circle, it was hard to tell what was happening. It was only when my elder brother and I got in […]

    African Feminism and the dilemma of Class

    From the quietness of the large crowd gathered in a circle, it was hard to tell what was happening. It was only when my elder brother and I got in […]

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  • Napoleon, our halved hero found it decreed by the oracle
cow dung, brittle bones and a witch doctor that he be in envy 
of the black nose...

    How Waterloo was named

    Napoleon, our halved hero found it decreed by the oracle cow dung, brittle bones and a witch doctor that he be in envy of the black nose...

    Continue Reading...

  • Listen.  Do you hear ghosts?  Connect them to the sound of a canoe 
on Indian Ocean.  Listen to that tape of familiar beats that has weathered 
foreign seasons.  Sukus found in Salsa.  Fela Kuti meets Masekela 
in Appalachia. Do not inhale the coal fumes.  Hold a memory.  

Commit sins of transportation. Bite the past.  Spit broken teeth 
and colored blood that will chart global awareness.  Learn 
to say fuck without flinching.  Seduce anarchy of the mind and try 
to order schizophrenia in realms just outside the touch of your black hand.

    Recipe: How to Become an Immigrant and an Exile

    Listen. Do you hear ghosts? Connect them to the sound of a canoe on Indian Ocean. Listen to that tape of familiar beats that has weathered foreign seasons. Sukus found in Salsa. Fela Kuti meets Masekela in Appalachia. Do not inhale the coal fumes. Hold a memory. Commit sins of transportation. Bite the past. Spit broken teeth and colored blood that will chart global awareness. Learn to say fuck without flinching. Seduce anarchy of the mind and try to order schizophrenia in realms just outside the touch of your black hand.

    Continue Reading...

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