Part Two of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series.

“Before the term Afrofuturism was even coined…I could create these imagined worlds where a person who looked like me, who lived like me, who had a history like me, was not abnormal.”

We are in the middle of a global pandemic and we are dreaming.

Across social media, I see…

Part One of The Drinking Gourd’s Afrofuturism roundtable series.

“Why is the future assumed to be the continuation of growth? What if it’s degrowth?”

What is the future? Who dreams it? And whose dreams become “natural” human progression, even if the process of building that one precious utopia leaves someone lingering — beyond the wall, within the shadows, on…

Three years later, there are still more questions than answers

Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty

EEverybody in the Twin Cities saw the video of Philando Castile dying, whether you wanted to or not. I barely remember pictures of Philando alive, but there is no way for me to forget the amount of blood that stained his white shirt; the face of his girlfriend recording; the…

Black liberation theology was something I always knew, even if I couldn’t name it

Illustration: Farhiya Jama

Sanction is given unto those who fight because they have been wronged; and Allah is indeed able to give them victory.

— Qur’an, 22:39

IfIf you speak of Minnesota, you’ll be met with the usual remark, “There ain’t no Black people up there,” as if the speaker has ever visited…

We’ve become a stand-in for any “unidentifiable” Black religious group — and a source of persistent anxiety for white America

Black nationalist leader Malcolm X (left) with black muslim leader Louis Farrakhan (right) among the…

Black Muslims have generated fear in white America for almost 400 years. The root of that fear, and the history behind it, are worth exploring — especially today.

Recently, a video captured Native American activist and Omaha people elder Nathan Philips performing the American Indian Movement song (known as the…

“Surviving R. Kelly” exposes even more of men’s bare minimum politics when it comes to Black women

R. Kelly performing in Oakland, California, in January 2017. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Lifetime’s documentary series Surviving R. Kelly offers one of the most comprehensive dives into Kelly’s history of brutality. Accusations against Robert Kelly—the man who plays god—range from sexual assault to domestic violence, rape, sex trafficking, and more. Some culminated in court cases, such as a 2008 child pornography case where…

I don’t worry, I’ll tell you. I’m a man who believed that I died 20 years ago, and I live like a man who is dead already.”

Young Black woman and police officer standing face to face. Source: Patience Zalanga

The moment where if becomes when is difficult to locate. The change is only noticeable to you, at first, settling deep inside of your body; a certainty that should weigh you down. Maybe it does. You don’t notice. You sit around tables watching newsfeed, absorbed in live streams and updates…

Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa Taylor is based in Philadelphia. She has work in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Racked, and Catapult Magazine. Follow her across social media @bacontribe.

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