Erica Caines’ “All In Love Is Fair” :: A Critique Of Sorts

Erica Ryan Caines Words reside in my spirit, entangle my mind and captivate my imagination…I live for words. I live through words.     Every now and again a body of work comes across the Desk of Asylum that reminds me of those written works that initially sparked my own word wielding. What I liked Read the full article…

Crucial Race Theory

The title of my post, Crucial Race Theory, is a play on critical race theory, which, according to Wikipedia, is “an academic discipline focused upon a critical examination of society and culture, to the intersection of race, law, and power”. Critical race theory holds that white supremacy is maintained over time and that the law Read the full article…

Tetsuo and Youth: A Dictionary-esque Album Review

Lupe Fiasco:   (noun) a West Chicago raised, enigmatic, often polarizing, skateboarding, ever-ranting, rapping rubix cube.   Tetsuo and Youth:   (noun) Lupe Fiasco’s 5th studio album, named such because Fiasco “likes the way it sounds.”   Your browser does not support the video tag.   Stand Out Tracks   Mural–   a hook-less, 8:45 Read the full article…

The What Niggaz && The Who Niggaz

The What Niggaz and Who Niggaz have to come together The What Niggaz are the Niggaz that mastered What Training    They Became, Whats. The Who Niggaz are the Niggaz that mastered Who Training;    They Became, Whos. What Niggaz greet each other with,”What Are You?” Who Niggaz greet each other with,”Who Are You?” Some Who Niggaz Read the full article…

Eleven Very Short Thoughts On US Black Media Space

The concern with historical(as well as ahistorical) political narrative is that it often supposes a pattern similar to fiction story.   And in its format(crisis-confrontation/labors/development-resolution), some students might think this is how life resolves itself, too   Systems are often extended through time based on the assumption of secure and infallible processes.   Fairy tales, Read the full article…

Empire As Metonymy For Nigga Rich :: A Semiotic Analysis Of Lee Daniels’ Empire

The use of metaphor and metonymy in symbol creation throughout communication is replete and yet often does not generate much discussion outside of academic trained spaces. In much of media analysis(yeah, that academically trained space), and by extension, Black media analysis, however, the use of metaphor, metonymy, simile, and other semiotic analysis devices are visited Read the full article…

#MikeBrownNotes :: The Believing Community of 2014

When I worked at World News in Clayton I heard horror stories for years from customers just out of the St. Louis County Jail, which was two blocks south of the store. Upon their release, many would find their way to the convenience store on the corner where they would get candy and cigarettes. Someone Read the full article…

Oprah Cannot Afford The Flight To Ferguson And Other Socio-Political Observations

In a recent interview hosted by People’s Magazine, Oprah Winfrey does something her years as a White Woman’s favored daytime negro do not seem to afford her any expertise is: she gave a socio-political critique and analysis.   Her particular critique of a socio-political movement that she has neither funded, visited– or based on her Read the full article…

Pain As Expertise In The Attention Economy

Often I find it difficult to dissect when a person is actually narrating a tale of woe based on their own story, or based on one they’ve heard spoken from a member of their in-group. Identity politics provides this really interesting space where stereotyped horror stories are capable of not only avoiding attack for branding Read the full article…