Whose God is This? Black Love for Black Lives

This presentation was delivered by Ewuare X. Osayande at the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent’s Annual Gathering at the historic Quaker Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia, PA – August 13, 2016. “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved. Since my people are crushed, I am crushed. I mourn and …

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Audio: Ewuare X. Osayande at #BlackOutBlackFriday NYC – 2 Poems

  Poet and political activist Ewuare X. Osayande reading two poems at the #BlackOutBlackFriday. The poem “Tick/tock” is a new poem by Osayande inspired by Ahmed Mohamed, the teenage boy that was arrested for bringing a clock he engineered to school. The event, held on “Black Friday” November 27, 2015 at the Lincoln Center in …

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An Ida B. in the Making: My Letter to Sandra Bland

by Ewuare X. Osayande When I first learned of you, I knew they murdered you. Looking into your face, framed like a Benin sculpture, your image carrying the face of millions of Black women the world over. In your eyes I saw a constant shine. You were not ready to die. When I learned that …

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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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