President Obama and “The Birth of a Nation”: Race and White Racial Hysteria

Someone in my Facebook discussion group recently posted Shelly Banjo’s September 14, 2012 Wall Street Journal  article entitled “Gun Sales Hinge on Obama Re-Election.” The title reeks with sensationalism and some of us might disregard it, thinking the article innocuous. Actually, the article is far more profound than it seems which warrants that we critically analyze the article. It does not suffice to simply post such powerful and compelling information without raising key questions: What does this information mean? How does this affect us? What angle of thinking or perspective does it reflect? What lessons do we as Black people … Continue reading President Obama and “The Birth of a Nation”: Race and White Racial Hysteria

2012 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO KAPPA MIDDLE SCHOOL

 Transcript of Agyei Tyehimba’s Commencement Address to KAPPA Middle School 215 June 20, 2012 Fordham Preparatory High School- Bronx, NY I envision a world wonderful and bright where everyone has the freedom to shine their light where our youth can go outside at night without cops or vigilantes shooting them down on sight I envision a world… where we rap about truth and sing about hope to inspire our youth and help them to cope instead of delivering messages that promote sexism, violence, materialism and dope I envision a world where this very class steps up to the challenge and … Continue reading 2012 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO KAPPA MIDDLE SCHOOL

THE PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKE: FOOD FOR THOUGHT

          On July 21, 2011 inmates within the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison ended their hunger strike to protest several “cruel and unusual” conditions within the unit. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation issued a press release vaguely stating their intention to create “some educational opportunities,” but did not address the central issue of long-term isolation in the prison’s SHU. In the aftermath of the hunger strike, Pelican Bay prisoners are still subject to the inhumane treatment and living conditions of solitary confinement. Given this, it is critically important that … Continue reading THE PELICAN BAY HUNGER STRIKE: FOOD FOR THOUGHT