By Darius Simpson

The Role of the Artist

tell my momma i’m up before 9am plottin escape from the empire again throwin rocks at a man-made sun gathering firewood for the pentagon practicin my slingshot stance tryna play dominoes wit giants tryna topple puppet governments i’m two decades off my rocker third generation off the plantation got a bad habit of Maroon conspiracies…

What We Doin’ Here?

We are not in the streets solely for George Floyd. We endure a myriad of systemic oppressions, many of which come through state-sanctioned violence. We are resisting a system of repression. A history of military occupation in our neighborhoods. A long tradition of whyte terrorism against Black folks on this continent specifically. At the very…

The Protests, and Why They’ll Continue

In light of recent events, let me be open/clear via a loose timeline of my undergrad experience (in the context of student activism): Spring 2012 Freshman year at Eastern Michigan University Attend my first rally compliments of EMU-NAACP in protest of the murder of Trayvon Martin This is the first time I ever hear the…

Rest Easy Zuu

We weren’t the closest of friends in any way. A few weeks ago we crossed paths, and I could see in your face that you were tired. I said “everything is going to be ok no matter what it is,” because it was more convenient to believe that than it was for me to take…