Futile Activism…

There is a belief in the lore and spirit of my people. A belief so strong it has wiped its excrement releasing orifices on the religious cliches, poetry rehashings, and regurgitated proverbs passed from generation to generation of the Afkan(Afrikan Amerikkkan). It has ejaculated in emotional expression and spewed a dense reproductive covering of uncritical Read the full article…

Ring The Alarm For Black And Brown Mothers

Editor’s Note:This is a piece written by our sister, Nikolai Pizarro.     I have started this blog entry about six times already. Each time I re-read my words and they read of insincerity. Not because I’m not doing the work or I’m not proud of my book or somehow not believing in what it Read the full article…

One Million Hoodies In A Few Thousand Words: A Pictorial

Editor’s note: This is a selection of photos taken by Asylum Staff member, Nikki(Twitter handle: @Chey_Marly_Mom{click and follow!}) from the “A Million Hoodie March” held Wednesday, March 21, 2012. A full discussion of Nikki’s thoughts can be found here.                  

Our Son…

Editor’s Note: This is a piece written by our sister, friend, and Asylum Staff member, Nikki(she can be followed on Twitter under the handle, @Chey_Marly_mom).     Today is Wednesday, March 21, 2012.   If you had asked me this time last week who Trayvon Martin was I wouldn’t be able to answer. This is Read the full article…

Are We Prepared If George Zimmerman Never Gets Arrested?

I remember the apathy after many of us realized that Oscar Grant’s murderer Johannes Mehserle was not going to be tried for murder. I remember the sense of loss many shared when his slap on the wrist came down from the judge. I can still feel the streaming tears as the video tape of Aiyana Read the full article…

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and The Etcetera Margin

It seems like, as always, the Trayvon Martin discussion on Twitter and other areas of the social web (I’m really controlling the urge to refer to it as “the trap”) have caused more harm than good. As a writer, I often find my Self facing what I call,”etcetera margins”. A writer is always confronted with Read the full article…

Violins And Bullies By B Sharise Moore

Brie(B. Sharise Moore) crafted this for Tyler Clementi and others that faced oppressive bullying. The piece is one selection of many from her cd, Peacock Feathers & Ruby Slippered Souls(you can purchase here).   Violins And Bullies     Your browser does not support the audio tag.   the boy was born a violin. cheeks Read the full article…

A Bottle of Juice and Pack of Skittles…

“A bottle of juice is no excuse, the truth hurts…”- Tupac Shakur     Latasha Harlins was killed having a bottle of orange juice in her backpack.   On March 16, 1991, Latasha Harlins was murdered for defending her Self after being harassed by a Korean store owner that erroneously thought Latasha was attempting to Read the full article…

The Propaganda Of Privilege

“The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense that Energy is the fundamental concept in physics…The laws of social dynamics are laws which can only be stated in terms of power”(Russell, 1938, p. 10) There is a belief that everyone under the oppression of privileged people are also privileged. And yet, Read the full article…