Wigs and Rocketships

At my daughter, Kantra's school they have a "crazy hair day" where kids come to school wearing funny hair styles. Last school year, new to the game, we just bought Kantra a fluorescent orange wig. She looked ready for a rave. I couldn't help noticing the dichotomy of the kids wearing afro wigs and calling it crazy while my daughter wore white girl hair under the same banner. "I think its just a joke," my wife, Haruki, said. "I know,"

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Preface + The KKK + Master of Energy from “I Think Therefore I Am”

I Think Therefore I Am is my first book of poetry. It was my first attempt at self-publishing. This print was the second edition. I originally put it out in the spring of 1999 (upside down) as a college sophomore. 300 copies were pressed in total. At poetry readings, hip-hop shows, and on the street, they were sold hand-to-hand out of my backpack. It was my idealist manifesto. Revisiting it made me cringe. I was high on The Seat of the

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Kick The Truth To The Old Black Youth

My four-year-old daughter, Kantra, also known as Lil’ Miss Thang aka Busy B, just started school again. She finished her first year of preschool and had spring break. At home with me, I had to adjust to her newfound maturity. At school, she socialized with her classmates who at first, shunned her away, but to Kantra, rejection fueled her persistence, as if to say, “No, you don’t understand, we’re going to play.” And they did. And they do. She’s almost

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For Huffpost, I’m Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She’s Surrounded By Blackface

Just wrote an article about raising my daughter, Kantra in Japan. It's up here. She's thrived despite the adversities. In retrospect, it'll give her an unlikely perspective. She has no idea how brave she is. I'm still debating on taking her to see Black Panther. "He's got superpowers," she told me. "You do too," I said. "You don't know it, but you're using them right now." "I am? What's my superpower?" she asked me. "You'll find out when you get

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