Asylum’s Relationship With Facebook & Twitter

Ultimately, the greatest magnetism compelling my continued usage of Twitter is its amazing ability to attach to networks with little to no barriers. The danger in that, of course, is that those attachments tend to want to maintain that relationship via Twitter. This is known as network effects. Our bond as a power is only Read the full article…

Obama’s Support Of Protecting Cyber Networks Act Negatively Affects Blacks

Two bills that were passed through the United States House of Representatives this week are of interest to the Asylum. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Protecting Cyber Networks Act as well as the House Homeland Security Committee’s National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act will be “conferenced” to create one bill and then on its Read the full article…

The Who, What, When, Where, Why And How Of Black Blogging

When I first purchased the domain name “Owlasylum.net”, it was with the purpose of using the WordPress software to practice my graphic design skills as well as front-end coding. As the name suggests, it was initially my refuge, my asylum away from the world of college as a homeless student. Initially, I did not even Read the full article…

I. Will. Not. Lose. :: Dr. Cornel West Responds To Dyson’s Ghost

    Dr. Cornel West on Thursday, April 23, 2015 The escalating deaths and sufferings in Black and poor America and the marvelous new militancy in our Ferguson moment should compel us to focus on what really matters: The life and death issues of police murders, poverty, mass incarceration, drones, TPP (unjust trade policies), vast Read the full article…

Strange Fruit

In honor of the 76th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” haunting ballad I wanted to commemorate with music that has shaped or been inspired by human/civil rights movements in the United States. The recording brought life to the haunting poem “Bitter Fruit, that was written by teacher and songwriter Abel Meeropol, in response to Read the full article…

Freddie’s Dead :: The Murder Of Freddie Gray By Baltimore Patrollers

Freddie Gray of Baltimore, Maryland was killed by the Baltimore police, the fight in him just took awhile to die.   On the twelfth of April, 2015, Freddie was stopped by Baltimore patrollers for being Black in a Black neighborhood. According to the patroller, officer Garrett Miller, Freddie, understanding the racial psycho-dynamics of a Whyte Read the full article…

The Rekia Boyd Story::Three Years And More Injustice Later

“Just watching the news story about that 22 year old woman who has been shot in the head, and I’m like,’I feel sorry for that family’…” – Martinez Sutton, brother of Rekia Boyd   On March 21, 2012, 22 year old Rekia Boyd was killed by Chicago cops after visiting with friends on Chicago’s W. Read the full article…

Penitentiary Rules In Effect :: My Thoughts On Dyson’s Ghost of West

Penitentiary rules in effect. Don’t Panic– Kevin Gates   I suppose it was around 10pm or so on the East Coast time segmentation that the Twitter updates regarding a particularly scathing essay from one public intellectual to another began to traffic my timeline on April 19, 2015. I typically attempt to avoid arranging my thoughts Read the full article…

Black Media :: What Does Black Trust Look Like Online???

So, I was filling out yet another form, on yet another site, when it dawned on me, “I do not know these people, yet, I’m about to give them my credit card information. Why, OWL, Why?”   I pushed top of the laptop forward from its usual ninety degree angle. Hovering a tad over the Read the full article…

Black Media, Victimization, And Agency

I guess there will always be times in my life when the notion of enough is enough resonates most accurately.   I read a lot of articles, posts, essays, and written words spelling out the need for people with less power than the powerful to address this powerlessness. In fact, I have written a number Read the full article…