Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’

‘Sun Ra says, “the darkness. Nobody made that. It just happens. Light and all that—someone made that; it’s written that they did. But nobody made the darkness. My music is about dark tradition. Dark tradition means a lot more than black tradition.” On the other, Sun Ra named himself for the sun itself, that roiling source of a light that glows and splatters and bolts out of that universal darkness.”‘

Published: Jul 23, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,141 words)

Beauty Tips From My Dead Sister

“You can design your face for years, paint it like an artist, but in death they’ll mess up your makeup. Wipe off that garish mask with damp cotton balls. Redo my look: Shadow my eyes, gloss my lips, apply some highlights and shimmer. My face will be too thin, the skin stripped of glow; the eyes will look snuffed out. Make it pretty enough to say goodbye to.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 27, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,498 words)

On Black Difficulty

“There are many ways to be “difficult” in this world: stubborn, demanding, inconvenient, complex, troublesome, baffling, illegible. Black womanhood is where they overlap.”

Source: Slate
Published: Mar 26, 2019
Length: 7 minutes (1,885 words)

White Men

What do we get from our parents? An inheritance always comes with a tax. This essay is part of new collaboration with our friends at Topic.

Source: Topic
Published: Jun 6, 2017
Length: 5 minutes (1,300 words)