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Black on Both Sides, Vol. 21

On Rihanna being bred every year, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Travis Scott, and Blackness.

A picture of Rihanna on a Vogue magazine cover. Source: Unsplash.

This week, Rihanna was honored as the first hero of the world’s newest republic, Barbados.




I write to explore Black personhood, the life we have built in the shadow of full citizenship. Follow me on Twitter @Established1865.

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Hal H. Harris

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Black on both sides. Medium Writers Challenge Winner. The founder of Established in 1865. I Tweet @Established1865. E-mail is

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