Bobby Jindal and How American’s Understand Their Identities

Click over to AMERICABlog.com to read my first piece for them, titled "Bobby Jindal's denial of our hypen-nation:" ...if Bobby Jindal wants American children to grow up feeling a sense of pride in their nation, how is denying the very thing that makes the United States exceptional productive?" Like Bobby Jindal, my name and my … Continue reading Bobby Jindal and How American’s Understand Their Identities

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Things to Come

... Haven't posted in a while. Sorry! Life update, casual WordPress peruse-rs and loyal followers: I have returned to the States and my hometown in Ohio, and will be here until late August, reconnecting with my family, relaxing, taking up the scoop at Jacky's Depot once again, and... catching up on blogging about seven months … Continue reading Things to Come

Do Ebru

While visiting the caravanserai of Silahatar Mustafa Paşa Hanı in Battalgazi, Malatya, I was privy to an intimate and impromptu demonstration of the classical Turkish art form known as ebru (sometimes known as water painting or marbling). The oldest determinable ebru works date from the early to mid-1500s; traditionally ebru was used as the media … Continue reading Do Ebru

Mos Def YouTube Video Sheds Light on Inhumanity of Force-Feeding at Gitmo

This post was originally published on AAI's newsblog. Inhumane treatment continues at Guantanamo Bay, where over 100 of the 166 prisoners detained there are in the midst of a hunger strike. Some have been fasting for over 100 days. The number of those currently being force-fed has reached at least a quarter of the total population of the prison, over 40 … Continue reading Mos Def YouTube Video Sheds Light on Inhumanity of Force-Feeding at Gitmo

Forward?

This piece was originally published under the title "Hope and Change From Election Night's Results" http://kenyonobserver.com/2012/11/07/hope-and-change-from-election-nights-results/ on the Kenyon Observer blog on November 7, 2012 in reaction to elections in the United States the previous day.In his acceptance speech last night, President Barack Obama said, “we know in our hearts that for the United States of … Continue reading Forward?

Politics, Love, Religion, and Hip Hop

This piece was originally published on the Kenyon Observer blog on October 15, 2012. In the wake of the ongoing Supreme Court hearing regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, and a lively debate about attacking oppression within those marginalized communities advocating repeal of these laws, Macklemore's message of inclusion remains as timely … Continue reading Politics, Love, Religion, and Hip Hop