“Olivia”: The Song The Whispers Should Have Yelled

What is the world coming to? So many are used and abused/ There’s over ten million girls, who are lost in this world/ What will your kinfolks say? Olivia, the slave/ It must be tearing their heart in two/ Listen close, they’re calling you (Olivia, Olivia) Olivia the slave, got distracted on her way, to Read the full article…

Today’s Math: Another Post About Fake Ass Twitter Niggaz… (Part One)

The instant gratification of the organizational person often causes them to believe they have a much grander impact on history than what they possibly do. Yet, in a world where survival is typically more suited for those with strong social ties, than the opposite–it does motivate us with intellectual natures and socially responsible postures to Read the full article…

On National Insecurity…

Insecurities are internalized fears. When we measure our Selves based on ideals inculcated by our social apparatus, and fear that we aren’t measuring up– we tend to project what are the recognizable portions of insecurity. For Afkans, or Afrikan Amerikkkans for short, this can be a slippery slope of sorts. Being that our social apparatus Read the full article…

Who is “Black”

Discussions of negritude are pretty commonplace in my slice of Black twitter but no discussion is a contentious as the discussion surrounding Hypodescent or as it is more popularly known, The One Drop Rule. Hypodescent mean that in a place when one group is deemed superior and another is inferior should one from the “superior Read the full article…

Bail Bond Amounts In High Profile Cases(Infographic)

On April 22, 2012, George Zimmerman, the murderer of 17 year young Trayvon Martin walked away from John E. Polk Correctional Facility with an unidentified man into a BMW Sports Utility Vehicle on a $150,000 bond set by Judge Kenneth Lester, Jr. of Sanford, Fla. In lieu of these heart twisting events, I took it Read the full article…

@GraffitiDC :: Another Asylum Outing…

Perhaps there is no better form of artistic expression than that of music to demonstrate the peculiar dynamics of the European aesthetic. The European mind responded to music in precisely the same way as it responded to every kind of phenomenon with which it was presented. Music was analyzed, dissected, “studied” and translated into the Read the full article…

Black Mother By Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter

“Black Mother” is a poem written by slain West Coast Black Panther Party organizer, and founder of the Southern California office of the Black Panther Party that attracted members Elaine Brown and Geronimo Pratt, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter. An uplifting and inspiring piece, reminding me of certain tenets within Black Media Trust that encourage art reflective Read the full article…

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…

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…

My Response To Porgy and Bess On Broadway(2012)

Editor’s note: Before we delve into this piece, would like to take the time to thank Nikki for such an eventful weekend in New York City. Asylum will always be indebted and I’m sure I would have never been exposed to much of what I have been if it had not been for your extended Read the full article…