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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Fear of a Black Messiah

  by Ewuare X. Osayande White racial anxieties reached a fever pitch in 2013. Three episodes in particular reveal the lengths that white supremacy’s beneficiaries and sycophants are willing to go to defend and protect their white Jesus – even to the point of promoting lies and upholding falsehoods in the name of the one …

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Activist Raises King’s Prophetic Voice for a New Generation in Latest Book

Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Civil Rights Movement Ewuare X. Osayande FreedomSeed Press (First Edition, 2014) Paperback (5 x 7 in) 100 pages $10 Available here for purchase. Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Civil Rights Movement collects five speeches by social justice activist and organizer Ewuare X. Osayande given in honor of Dr. King Day …

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Word to the Wise: Unpacking the White Privilege of Tim Wise

Author’s Note – The following essay was originally published in December 2010 at peopleofcolororganize.com where it remained among the three most popular posts for the next couple of years until the website discontinued. In the last week, many folks that appreciate the essay have approached me seeking for it to be re-posted in light of …

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Where are the White Folks? Your Sympathy is not Solidarity

by Ewuare X. Osayande Since the Zimmerman trial ended three weeks ago, the cities have erupted in protests as African Americans and Latin@s have taken to the streets in the thousands, shut down traffic and waged sit-ins all across this country. Right now, there is a group of Black and Brown youth calling themselves the …

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