BOSHIA RAE-JEAN: UPLOADING THE REVOLUTION

The revolution will not be televised. This iconic song and poem by Gil Scott-Heron has resonated so deeply in the hearts and minds of the last three generations. This powerful slogan used in the Black Panther Movement is also at the heart of femcee and rad muslimah, Boshia Rae-Jean‘s, newest …

DARON BANDEIRA: REWRITING THE AFRICAN STORY

“’AFRICAN PEOPLE DON’T DREAM LIKE THAT,’ SOMEBODY TOLD ME LAST WEEK. ‘IT’S NOT POSSIBLE.’”   What does it mean to be African? Africa, the world’s second largest continent consisting of 54 countries and 1.2 billion people, has been what some might call ‘misunderstood.’ A more accurate description might be ‘misrepresented’ …

CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER AYAHUASCA PT I: IGNORED (MAMA AIN’T HOME)

SOME PEOPLE GO TO THE AMAZON FOR SIGHTS. SOME GO FOR WILDLIFE. OTHERS GO FOR AYAHUASCA. BY LARA   AYAHUASCA, THE SACRED, HALLUCINOGENIC MEDICINE USED BY SHAMANS. MANY BACKPACKERS FLOCK TO THE AMAZON, SEEKING HEALING, ENLIGHTENMENT OR JUST A NEW DRUG TO TRY. SOME PREPARE MENTALLY FOR YEARS, MEDITATE AND …

ON THE AFRICAN TRAIL: BREAKFAST AT THE SUDANESE BORDER

WHAT IT’S LIKE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WARNING SIGNS. THE FIRST OF THREE PARTS FROM THE ‘ON THE AFRICAN TRAIL: SUDAN’ SERIES – WRITTEN BY SIMEON GREADY   DECEMBER 2014 I SLEPT ONLY AN HOUR OR SO THE NIGHT BEFORE I WAS DUE TO TRAVEL FROM GONDAR, ETHIOPIA …

ON MARRIAGE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE AND MONEY) – PT I AND II

PART I: IN THE NAME OF MONEY “I DON’T WANT TO GET MARRIED.” ONE OF THE BEST REPELLENTS YOU CAN USE TO WARD OFF GUYS THESE DAYS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. IT ALWAYS LEADS TO SOME FORM OF SUBTLE, MEEK DEBATE – THE MAN GRAPPLING TO WRAP HIS HEAD AROUND …

THROUGH THE LENS OF RAHIM

HOW ONE MAN’S PIECE OF PARADISE IS ANOTHER MAN’S PEACE IN PARADISE   Zanzibar. If you look at a photograph of the Tanzanian archipelago, you can easily fall in love with the crystal clear turquoise waters, the white powdered beaches, and the lush green palm trees lining the sand. Some …