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9 White Women Black History Should Have Avoided On The Elevator

Although the history of Blacks–Black History– in this country is replete with unsung narratives of Black people being harmed because of the false or exaggerated abuse of White women by Black perpetrators, I have decided to limit this post to only 9 White Women Black History should have avoided on the elevator. This is mainly Read the full article…

Breaking The Silence :: The Rekia Boyd Story

“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…

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…

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…

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…

For Whenever They Reminisce Over You…A Troy Davis Piece From Owl’s Asylum

Say peace Troy. Tell Aiyana I said my mother’s doing alright and sit her ass down.   I got you. Asylums are forever.   Thank you gentlemen, we got him from here…   When They Reminisce Over You.   This writer shit, I swear.   So, they killed him.   Another Black person murdered by Read the full article…

Cultural Attenuation

Perspective is the child of cultural attenuation and resonating principles. Resonating principles are often a balance of media synthesis coupled with experiential osmosis. Cultural attenuation is the process by which a person imbibes the values, standards and practices of their culture, commits to memory the lessons passed down through oral tradition and then begins a Read the full article…

What About Oscar Grant????

“What About Oscar????” Designed By J Farand So, after the verdict in the trial of Johannes Mehserle for the death of Oscar Grant, it seems that many of us have forgotten what this was all about. From the perspective of a black man, yes, Oscar Grant was killed. Objectively, Oscar, a young black male was Read the full article…