Sunday, November 26, 2017

A Pan-African Disconnect? Why the Global African Community and Zimbabweans Reacted Differently to Mugabe's Demise

The past month has been a whirlwind in Zimbabwean- nay, global- politics. In a twist of fate never imagined by neither the most astute pundit nor optimistic foe, Zimbabwe's 93 year-old president, Robert Gabriel Mugabe resigned from office after 37 years of polarizing rule. Reactions were instantaneous. The vast majority of Zimbabweans celebrated: in the streets; in homes, and online. Even the more forward thinking, technical, or skeptical in that number who expressed concern about the precedence set by the bloodless coup or the fact that Mugabe's imminent replacement was his long time protege (five decades!) and cut from the same cloth, still recognized the grandeur of the moment and the hope that sprung therefrom. The larger international community (for what it matters) shared in the jubilation and optimism.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Intolerance in the Time of Trump

Intolerance is a dominant force in political and social environments today.  What has happened to the morality, at least on the surface, of this nation?  Should we keep fighting for what is “right”, or has the influence of leadership on hegemonic culture ingrained a practice of intolerance?

I saw a graphic in the days following the tragic act of terrorism in Charlottesville, and Donald Trump’s subsequent comments on the incident.  The graphic introduced the Paradox of Tolerance by the philosopher Karl Popper:
“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.  If we extend unlimited tolerance even to these that are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them” (Popper, 581).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

¡Adios Hipócrita! A Farewell to the Revolutionary Who Failed his Revolution

It was in the early morning hours of the middle of the night when I received the same message from different notifications:

Breaking News: Cuba's Fidel Castro, age 90, has died, state-sponsored media reports.

Once again, the world focused its lens on the largest country of the Antillean islands. Hundreds of exiled Cubans and Cuban-Americans, accompanied by the mayor of Miami, assembled on the streets of Little Havana to sing, "¡Se Fue!"

He's gone. However, his shadow is not.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Day After...

Having to Answer to America's "Unwanted"

pic from
November 9, 2016

I am a civil servant.  My work as a Family Engagement coordinator at a small refugee center with a mission directed at educating and integrating refugees into the US school system is both personally and altruistically rewarding.  I had a meeting to enroll a Syrian family into an inner city school this morning, and the routine gathering and discussion became a battle between cultures, full of mistrust and anxiety. 

“Do you work for Trump?  Is that why you are trying to make this enrollment so confusing? I hope we get kicked out of this country so we can go back to Jordan!”

Monday, October 3, 2016

Progress Made, But We Cant Stop Here: Muslim Women in Media

Source: Playboy

Generally when you see a Muslim, particularly a women wearing a hijab in the media it is usually associated with some form of propaganda or 'terror' related accusation. Hijab is a target of islamaphobia and a hindrance to exercising freedom in a western patriarchal society.  Recently two very prominent veiled women Noor Tagouri and Amena Khan have been featured in two different very well-known brands. These promotions show great progress but also prove there is still a lot of work to do.

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Champion... Champion!"- Why West Indies' Cricket Triumph Should Excite the Global African Community

"You know what's wrong with our West Indians? No damn discipline. Look at this business this morning. That Hall and Trueman nonsense, kya-kya, very funny. But that is not the way the Aussies won tests." V.S Naipaul

The above sentiment, from 1963, might as well have been uttered in 2016. In fact, it has. The denigration of West Indian cricket's penchant to infuse residual African norms and uniquely island flamboyancy into the definitive imperial British 'gentleman's game'- all the while performing exceptionally- is as old and enduring as the game itself, in spite of an incredible cricketing legacy to show for all their 'indiscipline.'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

From Jack to Cam- a Brief History of the Unapologetically Black Athlete

By Guest Blogger Jessica Newby

I've had this on my mind for a few days now and since it IS Black History month, I finally figured, what the heck? Mini history lesson/musings for y'all.
Let me just preface this by saying that I do not closely follow NFL football. (I'm more a college ball girl.) I didn't know very much about Cam Newton personally, or his career prior to this season. What I have been following and watching lately is the media firestorm that's been surrounding Cam Newton in the days up to and following the Super Bowl. I'm gonna say something about it.