Events

Seattle Black Panther Party Revolutionary Forum and Film Festival 2016

Location: Seattle, WA This past weekend, Friday September 16th – Sunday September 18th was the Seattle Black Panther Party Revolutionary Forum and Film Festival 2016, celebrating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Black Panther Party (BPP) as well as connecting former BPP members to today’s young revolutionary minds. Each day of the weekend had a different format that…

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Social Policy

End Prison Slavery: September 2016 The Largest Prison Strike in American History

The largest prison strike in history is happening right now, the mainstream media refuses to circulate this information, but I can not be silent… I stand in solidarity with inmates detained in prison, as slaves under the 13 amendment. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist…

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Music Analyses, Social Policy

Music is our Power and We’ve Lost Our Fire

The radio disgusts me. No, not in a lighthearted sarcastic way that will still allow myself to listen to the radio because I’d rather hear something than nothing, but in the literal meaning of the word. I experience a feeling of, “revulsion or profound disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.” Like Webster describes, the radio is not only unpleasant…

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Social Policy

Buildings Blocking the Soul: Western (White) Culture’s Obsession with High-rises and Skyscrapers

I dream of a land with wide open spaces and no man-made structures for as far as the eye can see. I envision brown bodies loving each other and lifting each other up in harmony, praising the spirit that freed them. But buildings block my vision and irritate my soul. In college was a student worker and during my shift…

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Social Policy

White is Right Mentality: Cleanliness is ‘Caucasian-ness’

Now that I live in a more diverse region of the country, I’ve developed relationships with people outside of my racial ethnicity. One thing that I’ve come to realize as a result is, even among non-black people of color, the ‘white is right’ mentality is the common way of thinking, especially in Western culture. The white is right mentality associates…

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Social Policy

A Letter to Barack Obama

Mr. President, Your election into office meant so much to me 8 years ago. November 4, 2008 I was too young to vote but I was old enough to know that I’d witnessed something historically significant. A land that had traditionally been led by old, rich white men was now seemingly rising out of its racist ways and into the…

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Poetry

My One Family Photo

I only have one nuclear family picture. It is not professionally taken Or beautifully framed. Its chipped and ripped From being poorly maintained. It’s the only picture I have Of my father, mother, sister & I. It is so old And I was so young You wouldn’t even recognize. Regardless, It is special to me Because I have no record…

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Poetry

A Letter to America

American Independence Day, July 4th, has always been a conflicting holiday for me as a black person. That conflict was ignored year after year until 2016 when that conflict was illustrated gruesomely after the police murders of two innocent black men, American citizens, just after the United States’ celebration of White America’s independence. Rest in Power Alton Sterling (murdered July 5,…

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