Kanye

when you ride only on your axis
you start to think in excess
and experience is never enough
even at the expense of the oppressed.

Flose Boursiquot, ((goo.gl/oE72rh))

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Do you know about Syria

I often hear that question from excited faces
who have just learned of the massacring of an entire country.

They point out something Obama said about regret in an article — they shake their heads wanting me to acknowledge that they now realize he is not perfect.
They reference an HBO documentary —  because that makes it real.

It’s really depressing stuff, is what they’ll usually follow the question
with then unveil their expertise.

Syria is not a fad.

It’s not a topic for you to pick up like a handbag as you leave
the Nordstrom store, show off to your friends for weeks on end, then leave off with your pile of to-go’s in two months.

–Flose Boursiquot, loudmouth ((goo.gl/BCX3Ub))

17 Killed in Florida Mass School Shooting

The world spins
on shoulders
that are too
weary to carry
much more than
the weight of
skin.

When bodies fly
the light flickers
once more — we
lose love, peace
and smiles the
universe carved
with her veins.

Targets don’t shoot
themselves, guns
don’t kill targets,
people do —
stop! stop! stop!
Words, even when
they are prayers,
cannot save souls.

How many more?
How many more
have to shake
in closets as
feet make way
to ravage the innocent?
HOW. MANY. MORE!

How many more!

18 this year.
The year is
just February so
far!

How many more!

Open the caskets.
Will you care if
the heartbroken
loved ones show you!

How many more!

Have them go in.
Enough for our
first responders,
send in the
politicians.

How many more!

When the world spins
on shoulders that
are too weary to
carry much more
than the weight of skin…

Who still stand
and say no more simply
because human lives matter.

Written by: Flose Boursiquot
February 15, 2018

Before you post-up next to cool cars in Cuba

There’s a lot about Cuba that I don’t know.

When news of Fidel’s death hit, I didn’t pretend to be excited or saddened. Unlike white folks who speak to Serena Williams’ version of feminism, I kept quiet and observed. Again, when you don’t know shit about a topic; keep quiet, do your research, and even still, refrain from sharing your unwanted opinion unless asked. It takes discipline, but I promise your blog, website, etc… won’t lose readers if you sit-out one media heavy hitter.

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Photos: Tierra Taylor, Syracuse University Class of 2014

So, while my friends debated whether Fidel was important to black struggle, Cubans danced in Little Havana, Florida, and Alice Walker wrote beautiful poetry, I researched Cuba.

 


What I learned is that Cuban affairs, like most things, are not black and white. Furthermore, America’s history with the country is messy and shockingly roots back to imperialism and capitalism. According to A brief History of the United States and Cuba, a Vox short video, the relationship started back in the 1850’s.

Since then, there was a court decision that discussed how the United States would occupy space and policy on the island nation, an uprising in 1933, that whole Batista vs. Fidel thing, a little help from Russia, the reason for Little Havana, and President Obama’s historical visit since President Calvin Coolidge (visited in 1928).

Vox takes 160 years of complicated history and packages it in an easy to understand video.

From there, decide what aspect of the Cuban-American relationship to research. If you’re like me, you’ll soon find yourself down a rabbit hole — follow the rabbit, not just because it’s 4/20, but because you’ll end up asking great questions and it is important that you have a grasp on foreign affairs.


As a lover of travel, my goal is to understand how the countries I visit operate. I encourage everyone who is excited to post-up next to cool cars in Cuba to do the same. Have something more to say about the Cuban experience than I had a great Cuban sandwich.

Tierra Taylor is a graduate of Syracuse University. She is a Creative Assistant at Essence Magazine. To learn more about Tierra, follow her on Instagram @tierrajtaylor.

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Photo: @bsav05 (Instagram)