A Dangerous Nostalgia: by Aaminah Shakur

“The coming summer sun reminds me of fun times, sexy games, and community pow-wows, picnics, and hopscotch with the neighborhood children. It transports me to a fiction where I only remember the comforting things and can ignore all the reasons things had to change. I conveniently forget that I almost died there, more than once.”

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Photo Album

by Aaminah Shakur Somewhere there is a photo Of my mother and father I’m told I look just exactly like her Only she was darker My mother who was Indigenous and Black On her father’s side Indigenous and Scots-Irish On her mother’s side My brother said our aunt showed it to him It is her […]

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Everybody Street

Everybody street Everybody is street Every body is a street body It’s a documentary About street photography In New York City A dozen, maybe 15, photographers Talking about what they do They are all white But they street? Jamel Shabazz is there Only Black man He street For real But everybody street? Nah A dozen […]

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It Is Better To Speak

by Aaminah Shakur “I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” (Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action”) Speak You have a voice So why don’t you use it? All […]

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Expanding Our Love Definitions

Does heartbreak and loss make you think you will never love again or does it propel you right back into the game? We are taught that love looks a certain way, that we can only have one “great” love, one soulmate, that romantic-sexual love “completes” us, and that we must obtain it by any means […]

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Campus Sexual Violence, Misinformation, and Mismanagement

Trigger Warning/Content Note: As the title suggests, this essay and the associated videos and links discuss sexual violence on U.S. college/university campuses. Please exercise self-care when choosing to read this essay. The word “rape” is used in many places in the essay rather than “sexual violence” to denote that the laws as they currently exist […]

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Conjuring A Spring

I walk into spring       Like a boss Ready to take over My world Shake things up This is my       Conjuring Because this winter Has been harsh And I’m ready to       Give up But spring is here I breathe in Give myself This last little Push   […]

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Joy

To watch a baby laugh Is to see all the hope of the universe It sets everything to rights Reminds me of all the good that is possible There is a certain satisfaction To hear laughter or giggles in the other room Knowing that person you love Is present, is there, is alive is in […]

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I’m Body Positive But Not Exactly Happy About It

Body acceptance and fat positivity, and how that connects with having an STI and being disabled, are issues I regularly write and talk about. Here’s a secret: I don’t always love my body. Here’s another “secret,” because people so rarely say this out loud: It’s ok to not always love your body. So, who the […]

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Content Warning*

CONTENT WARNING* Content warning: I write about difficult shit Like racism and homophobia and misogyny and ableism and chronic illness and sexual assault and abuse and childbirth and miscarriages Content warning: I’m going to use words like Gentrification and colonization and appropropriation and systemic disenfranchisement I don’t apologize for you feeling guilty and realizing you’ve […]

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