Saturday, December 27, 2014

Anti-Heroes of the Year (2014)

By Shingi Mavima (SM) and Maximo Anguiano (MZA)
                          2014: the year of the institutional anti-hero

Last year, we introduced our anti-hero list. Because poor decisions at best and evil at worst are not going anywhere, we are back with our 2014 edition. Readers will notice almost immediately that, compared to the 2013 list, this year features less individuals and more collective Anti-heroic forces; from the NFL to ISIS, political parties to incompetent lawmen. Without further ado, let's get into it.

10) Obama's Tan Suit

Thursday, December 18, 2014

George Stinney Jr and the Case for Abolishing the Death Penalty

So a U.S. circuit court has exonerated the case of George Stinney Jr, a 14-year old Black boy who was hastily convicted of murder and subsequently executed? But the reality is, George Stinney Jr is already dead and he ain’t coming back. Real exoneration would be to abolish the death penalty and ensure that “fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process” never occur again. But this will never be; because the U.S. will never do away with the legalized murdering of Black & Brown men in a society that falsely demands an eye for an eye retribution.

Why else did we allow the general public to gawk at the execution of death row inmates, similar to public lynchings carried out by hit squads?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Don't Know Jonathan Bracamontes... But you Should...

                                  You've probably not heard about Jonathan, and that's a shame.

On the evening of September 30th Jonathan Bracamontes, a 16 year old high school student from Holland, Michigan was hit by a car while crossing the street on his way from getting his girlfriend chocolates and flowers. The driver, 64 year old Ruth Borgman, did not stop until she got to work (at least five minutes later) and called in only after she noticed damage to her car. She had hit something, she told the police, and it may have been a person. A sizable 16 year old young man, to be exact.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

"Our Lives will Never Be the Same..." CLUBHOUSE Festival 2014 Report

By Executive Director, CLUBHOUSE International (Zimbabwe)
The program started at around 12.30 soon after the arrival of the Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary schools Education Prof. Paul Mavima and Executive Director of CLUBHOUSE Zimbabwe, Mr Nyasha Matavire.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"But I Changed that African Part..."

An overall re-orientation that puts Africa at the very heart of African Consciousness is needed
I was recently approached by a primary school classmate and good friend of mine who resides in China. Like me (and millions of other young Zimbabweans in the past decade), he left the country at the peak of its socio-economic crisis and currently works in some capacity at a Chinese elementary school. When he called, he explained to me that he had been asked to present a speech for a Children's Day celebration they were having, and was thus seeking my assistance in coming up with something thought-provoking. I spent an hour or two throwing some ideas together and send them his way. A couple of days later, he shared with me the forum on which the final speech had been shared, and, as it turned out, he had presented the speech as I had given it to him verbatim (absolutely fine by me.) Well, almost verbatim. See, I had signed off my version as follows:

Friday, January 3, 2014

Weenie Wars - Political Dialogue in the Age of Recreational Outrage

Growing up in Buffalo, Sunday mornings meant two things to me: free soda at Sunday School that I wasn't supposed to tell my parents about, and a cold trek up the driveway to get the Buffalo News, so I could be the first person in the house to read Dave Barry's humor column. God, I loved that column, if for no other reason than I used to break down into a break down into a useless fit of giggling at the prospect of being exposed to the word "weenie" in print (Editor's Note - "Used to," Trav?). So one Christmas, my parents got me a copy of Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs, a book he wrote in 1997, chronicling a list of all the songs that Mr. Barry thought were "for weenies," because writing hyperbolic essays that liberally use the word "weenie," is apparently a big money job for some people (so there, Mom).