Rachel Dolezal and the Burden of Whiteness

by Ewuare X. Osayande The story of Rachel Dolezal is one that strikes at the heart of whiteness and the many layers of white privilege that exist therein. As much as it is has been seen as comic relief for some of us from the deluge of news of yet another Black person killed by …

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Eternal Ally – Poem for Yuri Kochiyama

    Eternal Ally Six Tankas for Yuri Kochiyama by Ewuare X. Osayande   1. they stole my father. with tongues like history books, they lied. called him spy. interrogated his skin looking for signs of treason. 2. my conviction was born in the blast of mushroom clouds that singed my people’s souls into the …

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Malcolm X in Africa

  Black Liberation’s envoy bearing a passport  stamped in ancestral blood carrying nation-building bricks from Giza  in his briefcase.   Ewuare X. Osayande May 19, 2014 written in Goma, the Congo    

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Police Repression and the Rise of the Black Messiah

by Ewuare X. Osayande As many shop for Christmas presents in the malls of America, still many others have taken to the streets all over this nation in protest to the rash of police killings of African Americans under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter. This jarring juxtaposition of realities is best captured by the photograph from …

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Ray Rice, the NFL, Black Men and the Barbarity of Benevolent Patriarchy

by Ewuare X. Osayande By now, most of us have seen the video of former NFL running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiance/now-wife Janay Palmer Rice and dragging her out of the elevator by her legs. The horror of the video is apparent. What struck me was the clear lack of remorse or regard for …

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What is Africa to Me?: My Journey to the Land of My Ancestors

Tomorrow I embark on a three-week journey to Africa that will take me to its very heart. The journey will culminate in a presentation I am honored to give at the Postcolonial Theology Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. There I will give a talk entitled “Moving the Center: Postcolonial Theology in the Life and Work of …

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Your Tears Are Our Tears: Ewuare X. Osayande Speaks at Rally for Nigerian Girls

Author’s Note – The following are the edited remarks I shared at the #BringBackOurGirls rally “Rock a Gele for Our Girls” at Love Park in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 3, 2014. This event was initiated by Tarana Burkes. Many thanks to all the organizers and participants that showed up and showed out in solidarity with #BringBackOurGirls …

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Osayande Brings the Fire at Mumia’s 60th Birthday Bash

Ewuare X. Osayande honored Mumia Abu-Jamal and Amiri Baraka with poems dedicated to both men at the Bring Mumia Home Coalition’s 60th Birthday Dinner for Mumia. Cornel West, Angela Davis and The Last Poets were also featured at this event held in Philadelphia, PA on April 24, 2014. Osayande began his remarks discussing his recent …

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Free the Land for Chokwe Lumumba

  Free the Land for Chokwe Lumumba by Ewuare X. Osayande   revolution is the acquisition of power by any means   you were our means necessary   Mississippi bluesman New Afrikan marching out of Michigan with a Motown rhythm in your step repping the one once known as Detroit Red who said “The Ballot …

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The Backlash Against Amiri Baraka and the Repression of the Black Moral Vanguard

Author’s Note: I wrote and published this essay in 2002 as the controversy surrounding Amiri Baraka, his poem “Somebody Blew Up America” and his position as Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey, erupted. The following year, I invited Baraka to Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey in my capacity as the …

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