When I first scrolled across the story, it was shocking that this could be happening again, and in this century! Though it was shocking enough to give me pause, I kept scrolling, hoping it was nothing but clickbait. Now, a week later, there is no denying the truth: in mid-November 2017, CNN reported secret footage confirming the sale of African migrants in Libya for as little as $400 per person. These migrants traveled to Libya with hopes to be smuggled into Europe, escaping the poor conditions of their homelands. Instead, they are being held captive without food or water, while badly beaten, sodomized or raped, and being forced to work in sub-human conditions without pay. They are being sold as property into indefinite slavery.
I bet you like that flag, Blue-blooded lover of a guns, Oh how beautifully, it waves for you. Should I keep running this race while tied to a tree? Seeing my peers pass me up never acknowledging their head start. So focused on their privilege, I forgot whats special about me.
"Another round?" Shamelessly, I wanted to visit with Enrique again and of course claim my 3rd glass of his velvety port. "Guapa. You are having fun?" Call me guapa one more time, I thought mischievously. "Yes! And I'm going dancing with you tonight!" His eyes widened as he smiled. "Bryan me invita!" I explained in my broken Spanish.
[Read page one: Occupying Ferguson... and page two: Conquering Fear]Although I was absolutely willing to put my life on the line, it wasnt time yet. I wasnt ready to die on the front lines of this cause when I felt like I had done so little to move the culture forward. The best weapon I… Continue reading A Tribute to Our Black Generation: Woke & Positive (part three)
[Read page one: Occupying Ferguson]At that time in 2014, I was tangled deep into the black web of Tumblr. The power of online social justice warriors stretched its arms wide and kicked its feet under the nose of the sleeping giant that has become this country. Organizers posted meetings, discussions, lived feeds, think pieces, poems,… Continue reading A Tribute to Our Black Generation: Conquering Fear (part two)
Three years ago, today, I was driving in heavy stop-and-go Atlanta traffic. Per usual, I expected to reach maximum frustration after 90 minutes when I could make the final left turn into the parking lot of my workplace. That Monday, August 10, 2014, V-103's DJ Frank Ski stopped all the music on the station to… Continue reading A Tribute to Our Black Generation: Occupying Ferguson (part one)
UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 20FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the "I Have a Dream" speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable… Continue reading ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 20FEB17
UN-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 10FEB17 To hear the same quotes from the "I Have a Dream" speech year after year, shooting after shooting, is to feel the color draining from your face and that of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. History has a way of editing itself, compounding down to the most digestable… Continue reading ART: Un-Whitewashing MLK, Jr. 10FEB17