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Educator. Experience Designer. Techie. — I read a lot, I think, and I write. And Ultimately, I believe community will keep us safe.
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By now, I’m sure everyone has seen the Social Dilemma. If not, I encourage you to check it out. It is a documentary full of product designers and engineers who have invented amazing technologies and algorithms and are now very worried that their creations may be contributing to global chaos. This chaos includes things like infinite scroll, Humans being addicted to social media, obsessed with their image, feeling lonely, isolated, or depressed about how many likes they receive, and, above all, mass disinformation and Humans not being able to distinguish truth from falsehoods. …


An Afrofuturist image of Kain, Harriet Tubman, and Fannie Lou Hamer on a galactic backdrop with their future look.

My great grandmother was oddly optimistic about Death. But not in a haunting way or even a literal way. What I believe she was actually interested in was a more metaphysical/transgalactic movement that would leave the troubles of this ole world behind. She, and many of the church mothers, would often sing about Yonder, the By and By, and/or how they were looking forward to sailing through the air on the Good Ole Gospel ship. As a youngin, a part of me wondered 1: I thought Black people were done getting on ships driven by strangers and 2: who all…


An image of civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer speaking into a megaphone to a large crowd of peaceful protestors.

“All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” — Fannie Lou Hamer

And…another name to say. While we continue to name Breonna Taylor we must also juggle the name of Jacob Blake. Scrolling past video after video, loops of Black death, with commentaries of grief, anger, pain, hurt, sadness, and hopelessness — it’s just another day in the neighborhood. Another Black person shot in the back, in eyesight of his 3 children, for fear that there was a possibility that he could possibly be reaching for what could possibly be…


A person reaching for things with pretty comfy looking shoes

I opened the PDF. I read the chapter title: “A Preliminary Examination of Hegemonic Masculinity: Definitional Transference of Black Masculinity Affecting Lethal Tactics against Black Males”. I close the PDF. It is not that I’m not intelligent or that I cannot read. It is not that I am too lazy to Google the words and fill in the gaps. I do that most times. I simply read the title and thought to myself, that even though this thing was literally about me, a Black man, it is not made for me. So, who is it for? …


This moment is special. This moment is a revelation to many of us. However, this moment is not new, is not random, and is not just a moment. In this particular hour we find ourselves reckoning with all of the things Black folks have been talking about for ages.

Today is Juneteenth. It is the day celebrating the arrival of Union forces in Texas, sharing the good news that all slaves in the Confederate states were free. That was 1865. Mind you, The Emancipation Proclamation dropped in 1863. It took 2.5 years for the word to travel to Texas. Two…


Inspired by Ibram X. Kendi’s Ahmaud Arbery Could Have Been Me

The tragedy of Ahmaud Arbery comes as no surprise to those of us who have fit the description before. To be Black is to fit the description of many things that you are not. Criminal. Uneducated. Burglar. Thief. Murderer. But not, victim. No. That might be too far. What many people don’t know about me is that I’ve fit the description before. I must say, first, that the description is bullshit. This so-called description is usually “A BM (Black Male), age 7–87, 80–380 pounds, somewhere between 4 and 7…


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together (adv.)

Old English togædere “so as to be present in one place, in a group, in an accumulated mass,” from to (see to) + gædere “together” (adv.), apparently a variant of the adverb geador “together,” from Proto-Germanic *gaduri- “in a body,” from PIE *ghedh- “to unite, join, fit” (see good, and compare gather).

A substantial fear of mine is that ideas, dreams, and greater civilizations won’t be realized in this world because people are becoming more disconnected. While I realize people are more socially connected than ever, thanks to amazing technologies, there is an extreme amount of loneliness that…


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I find it quite weird that we create New Years resolutions, five year plans, 10 year plans, save for retirement (which is a whole rant in itself) ~30 years up the road. Not because you shouldn’t have a plan or shouldn’t have goals for your life, but because we plan all of these things with a little bit of hope and certainty that later is actually available to us. That tomorrow is going to come. …


Honestly, I’ve been all in on Design Thinking for several months now. At the beginning of 2018, I hit the brakes on making albums, performing poetry, and music videos to focus on growing my design and development skills. From there, life dropped tiny little nuggets here and there that led me to User Interface and User Experience Design — and I decided to read more about design thinking and find out how I could make my way into this life path.

Not only could I make a lot more money, I could combine my design skills with my empath-ness and…

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