Author: anwar uhuru

Intellectual, Orisha priest, and activist Anwar Uhuru is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at St. John’s University. He is interested in Decoloniality, Philosophy of Race, Gender and Sexuality Epistemologies, and 18th Century Trans-Atlantic Literature and Culture. His dissertation: Saltwater Intimacies: Decolonizing 18th Century Epistemologies focuses on race and empire in the 18th century Anglophone Trans-Atlantic through readings of literary texts that interpolate racial formations. Anwar has written essays for The Feminist Wire and Lehigh Valley Vanguard and his poetry appears in the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. Currently he teaches Africana Philosophy and Religion, Folklore, Literature, and History at New York City College of Technology/CUNY.

We Can’t Rely on the Oppressed to Do the Work

Due to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia there has been (and rightfully so), a reaction to the public demonstration of white supremacy and preservation. Yet, the focus isn’t on those who are remaining silent. No one is talking about the level of organization and protection of those people who

Dating While Melanated and Educated by Anwar Uhuru

In the age of social media and academic decadence, dating or hooking up has become an intricate Argentinian tango. Whether you’re battling the probability of having a rewarding career, a partner and children or just looking for Mr. or Ms. Right Now, the prospects for finding a decent person is

The Ring Shout and the African Presence in America by Anwar Uhuru

In African American and/or Black American culture, the African and or ancestral presence is both visible and invisible. The ways to name what is Black American is in music and the infamous cuisine that has come to be called “soul food.” The production of highly consumed products of Black labor

The University Industrial Complex by Anwar Uhuru

  Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in the Humanities, which sounds more glamorous than it really is for those who inhabit these liminal places. The Humanities has always been considered the alternative intellectual arena for those who do not deal with the natural sciences. The sciences are labeled as

Do We Have a Choice in Getting Out? by Anwar Uhuru

The recent release of the film Get Out written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele has created a whirlwind on social media and in the infamous kitchen table talk circles. The caveat of having a considerable amount of education is that you can never view a film or any cultural

The Absurdity of False Victimhood by Anwar Uhuru

According to the CNN Exit Polls for the 2016 Presidential election 13% of Black men and 4% of Black women voted for Donald Trump.[i] There’s a Facebook page called: Black people who support Donald Trump.[ii] There’s also an article titled: “Black men who support Trump.” Written by Christian Science Monitor,[iii]

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