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    Black Diaspora Blues

    By Fanta Sylla

    First, we must  recognize each other.” - Audre Lorde

    Diaspora conversations online can go from funny to vicious real quick. They reflect a long, complicated history and the violence is the product of affective complexes between Black Africans and Black Caribbeans, Black Caribbeans and Black Americans, and Black Africans and Black Americans. Frantz Fanon has documented these complexes in a text called “Africans and Antilleans”. James Baldwin tackled it in his lucid “Princes and Powers” back in 1957. This isn’t new and we shouldn’t be surprised that tensions and misunderstandings between us exist. We have been separated and pitted against each other. We have lost each other and now we find ourselves in the space that is the internet having to confront our dissimilarities. These interactions have to be electric, tense, violent and sometimes full of resentment, bitterness, and envy.

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    Muhammad Ali: Destroyer of Microagressions

    Photo By Associated Press | Words By Misty Sol

     

    I can't say I like sports. Well, I don't like sports. I'm sorry. I just kinda don't. Except maybe boxing. Boxing is such a direct metaphor: the lone soldier out there with nothing but his wits, his dignity and his hands. That's the way the Americans tell the story anyway. There’s just one hero, one great warrior to free us all, while the cruel masters watch. You ever read that scene in Black Boy where Richard Wright describes being goaded into fighting by the white bosses who use a mixture of threat and promise of prizes? Savage.

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    Blackness: The Great Non-Profit

    By Joel L. Daniels

    Blackness is for sale. Blackness has gone viral. Blackness now has market and retail value. If you were paying attention, James Franco took the Zola story, which he got from David Kushner of Rolling Stone, who got the story from Azia “Zora” Wells, stripper turned Twitter story-sharer, and has signed on to turn it into a film. The deets I don’t know, but what I do know is that the story broke the interwebs for a hot minute and some change i.e. it got mega RT’s and “favorites” (before Twitter changes “favorites” into cute heart thingies).My hope is Azia is going to see a big chunk of the money that will go into the producing of the film. The script was written by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts, two White dudes. Because, Black stories are told for free for the melanated, and taken and shared and profited from by White purveyors because, history.

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