Emma Watson, Feminism, and Spirituality

Earlier this week, Emma Watson spoke as a Goodwill Ambassador at the UN for a new campaign, HeForShe, a righteous attempt to make gender equality a universal dialogue by bringing men into the discourse. For many reasons, we could break down that speech for  the so many ways it was problematic. I don’t agree that Emma should have called out women for man-hating, and put the … Continue reading Emma Watson, Feminism, and Spirituality

Kanye’s Remarks Aside, What I Loved Most About Nelson Mandela

Even if it is a joke, and not real, still, the thought of Kanye West having the audacity to self proclaim himself as “the next Nelson Mandela”, it has me wondering in a time when I should be morning one of the world’s most selfless leaders. It’s not out of the realm of possibility in the world of Ye, because he did compare himself to … Continue reading Kanye’s Remarks Aside, What I Loved Most About Nelson Mandela

Notes From The Dominican Republic (Part 2): Racist Policies

It’s been an amazing 4 days spent in the Dominican Republic. The conference itself has placed me around some of the brightest and most insightful people who are committed to furthering the scholarship of Africana Studies and social justice. Being the only undergraduate in attendance, many people have offered a lot of great advice to me, as well as well as giving my own intellectual … Continue reading Notes From The Dominican Republic (Part 2): Racist Policies

Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

I’m finished watching the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea before I head out for the official program of the ASWAD conference, where I am scheduled to speak on race and politics after the Obama presidency.  So far, every step of the way, my trip has been filled with so many new connections. Beginning with my flight, where I met an older Dominican couple. We … Continue reading Notes From The Dominican Republic (Day 1 1/2): Building [Black] Bonds

The Silence of Injustices: The Baha’is of Iran

Last month, Mr. Ataollah Rezvani was murdered. His body was found in his car on the outskirts of Bandar Abass, the Iranian city to which he resided in. Leading up to this moment, Rezvani had been expelled from his University, he had been let go from his job, and the weeks prior to his murder, he had received menacing phone calls. All of these events–being … Continue reading The Silence of Injustices: The Baha’is of Iran