akatito Author

Blackness

The Language of Our Captors

People think of colonialism as a kind of gentle help extended to primitive culture for the their own good. Of course, the colonizer has the right to depict its own mission in this manner to its own people. But when your own native language has been taken away from you, a lot of things go […]

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Life

Conspiracy

We’ve been taught that conspiracy is a secret and evil action used by criminals to do harm to the innocent. For argument’s sake, let’s use a less emotionally charged definition. Let’s call conspiracy an action outside of society’s currently accepted norms used by nonconformist to challenge the status quo.

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Life

Time is irrelevant to progress

Some wins are quick. Some are achieved over a lifetime. Others still, are disguised as failures.  All are progress.

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Poetry

The Death of Me

The death of me. I used to believe in undying energy. That I sprung into becoming after always being me. That my life was just an effigy of a early time. Maybe I was a purveyor of wine or a whino begging another version of me for a dime. Maybe I spent a life trying […]

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Brief History: Mainstream Media vs. Black Civil Rights

The views expressed by the mainstream media are simply a reflection of the point of view from a critical mass of influential people. They do not represent ethics, morality, common sense or the common good unless that coincidentally coincides with the consensus of the masses at that particular moment in time. “The press is so […]

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Musings: Being Weird

Imitating an “accepted” personality is often easier/safer than exposing ones own individuality. True freedom is difficult, but well worth the struggle. 

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LifePoetry

Dairy of a dancing bear

What if I allow myself to plunge into the insanity lurking beneath the surface of my smile? What if in being myself, I become someone else entirely? What if civility is insanity and savagery is piety? Am I just a dancing bear in a fancy suit? Have I enslaved myself ? Chained to someone masses’ […]

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Life

The Psychology of Scarcity: Why the Seagulls Fight

While sitting in a waterfront park on my lunch break, I observed a flock of seagulls engaging in all sorts of activities. Some of these gallant birds were leisurely floating in the shallows, soaking up the springtime sun, while others were feverishly scavenging for food. The ones that kept my attention, however, were the ones […]

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Life

Taking Responsibility for Your Actions

There is a story in Islamic folklore where an Angel, who is guarding the gates of Heaven, asks a man why he had sinned. The man replied, “I was poor and oppressed by evil men and did what I had to do in order to survive.” The Angel asks, “Did God not make the Earth […]

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Life

We is Sick: Is Materialism Our New Master?

Due to the beauty of modern-day multitasking, I spent my morning train ride to work looking through my finances on my  Mint app while listening to Malcolm X speeches.  As I writhed over the money I continuously waste, Malcolm’s House Negro and Field Negro speech began playing.  Although the speech was about the social effects of “the […]

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