Niggaz is Still In A State Of Emergency(A Concert Reveiw)

“Niggaz are in a state of emergency…” – Ice Cube, “Death Certificate (1991),” “The Funeral” Maybe I’m just getting old… A week ago a childhood friend of mine, the same one I graduated with, told me he had an available ticket to the Rick Ross, ”State of Emergency” concert being held at the Chaifetz Arena Read the full article…

Owl and The Black Pain Police

I guess after one fails at suicide, the only thing they can do is be a success in life. I often thought that pain was the best secondary attention magnet. I came to find out that in the Black community, everybody and their goddamn cousin’s mother’s cousin’s mother was using it. And some of those Read the full article…

A Day to Learn and Celebrate NOT Volunteer!

We of Asylum have been blessed to receive a wonderful gift of perspective and intelligence from our sister, Iya Adjou. Her twitter page can be accessed by clicking here(that means please follow her if you aren’t already!! SHE DROPS DIAMONDS.) Please extend her works the gratitude and respect that we always show here at Asylum. Read the full article…

AMERICAN MUD

Tony steps out the front door, the collar to his leather jacket up to cover his neck from the drizzle, and walked with a meaningful bop to the car. His eyes glance around him, shifting back and forth like a caged tiger as he’s being gawked at by zoo goers. Tony is also a caged Read the full article…

The Interweb and YOU pt. 2 (The Many Games We Play…)

A few years ago when Denzel Washington decided to be an actor in the remake of the Manchurian Candidate, I would attempt make my guest interested in the movie. My tactic involved fast forwarding to the scene where his character plugged a bullet into the heads of his storyline’s soldiers. This worked maybe thirty percent Read the full article…

The Internet & You(Black Perspectives on Media) Pt. I

There is a tendency to see philosophy as an activity of specialized people, elites, who are usually ensconced in universities, far from the day-to-day activies of ordinary people. – Theresa Perry, “Young, Gifted, And Black”(pg. 12) The middle-class(which includes most academic types and other professions – including psychologists) tends to see a cognitive style which Read the full article…

Black Female Sexuality & The Media

Would like to welcome everyone back to Asylum. Today, we are once again blessed by our lovely and brilliant sister, we know her on twitter as @ShePonderings. Please also visit more of her musings at her personal site. It’s a little difficult for me to write a piece on Black female sexuality & the media Read the full article…