Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On resisting settler colonialism; from Jamestown to Alcatraz to Standing Rock and beyond.

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California (2018). Over 50 years ago from today, Richard Oakes and the Indians of All Tribes organized an eighteen-month capture of the decommissioned prison island where Hopi men were held. | Photo by Rodrigo Soares on Unsplash

“For a colonized people, the most essential value…is first and foremost the land: the land, which must provide bread and, naturally, dignity.”¹

— Frantz Fanon

Any discussion about liberation movements must consider the relationship between the colonized and the land they inhabit. That intricate relationship goes beyond mere geographical location…


Nigerian Independence Day

A poetic call to return home.

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Osarumwense Ogbewe!
Can you hear me?

Osarumwense Ogbewe!
Are you listening?

Osarumwense Ogbewe!
Do you remember what home felt like?

The way them rising red sun rays
settled deep beneath your earth toned skin.
When brief gusts of distant dialects rushed your inner ear,
could you recall that curious consciousness?
I…


How should American universities handle inflammatory speakers on campus?

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Two years ago, the Berkeley College Republicans invited Ann Coulter to speak. She presented her views on immigration in Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall Wednesday, November 20, 2019. Her speech, “Adios, America, ” argued that mass immigration harms American culture. …


I held on, for far too long, to the faith and community that kept me complacent. It was time to let go, to experience life without my safety net.

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“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety…”

James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

As I reflect on my past, the deathly fear of change remained a constant struggle. I had…


What does it mean to engage with Black consciousness during and after Black History Month?

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“You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself, that values itself, that understands itself…”

Wangari Maathai

For the last six years, my approach to Black History Month has been one of introspection. Of course, one doesn’t need a national holiday to self-reflect. …


Stephen, your arguments lack even a basic understanding of how systems of policing operate in America. You seem obtuse in your views of the Black American plight. I suggest reading the works and listening to speeches from Malcolm X, Kwame Ture, WEB DuBois, Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka, and more for context. Then maybe move on to the works of Tommy J. Curry, Derrick Bell, Frank B. Wilderson III, and Ta Nehisi Coates. Shoot, listen to some Tupac, Brand Nubian, Wu-Tang, NWA...maybe interview Black Americans whose families have been here for generations. As a fellow Nigerian, I implore you to do your homework on the people, practices, and plights you choose to vilify. I try to give your work a gracious read when it pops up on my feed. I commend you for your free-spirited writing style. But it's time to study to show yourself approved.


The gateway experience. A Rafhael Duncga production.

Nabeel (actor) donning Toa$twolrd’s “Mutulu” Golfer in “day dreamer,” shot and directed by Rafhael Dungca. Spoken Word poem by Kelsey Ogbewe.

NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Frustration of being within a system that wasn’t built for people like us. Sentimental attachments bring us back to blissful ignorance.

Early this summer, I worked with an emerging local filmmaker, Rafhael Dungca, on a fashion advertisement. The film’s purpose was twofold. First, it served as a showcase of local…


Reflecting on Denice Frohman’s Spoken Word “Accents” piece.

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As a Slam Poet, I know the power behind this platform in getting a message across to an audience. I found Denice Frohman’s “Accents” poem through a Race and Ethnic Studies class I took this past spring. But my attachment to Frohman’s performance piece goes past artistic kinship. I related…


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Finding Love — An Anthology


And an accessible hub for privacy information

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Social media has been both a gift and a curse in the face of COVID-19. While quarantining from home, users have been able to stay connected to their loved ones. Businesses have innovated new ways to reach their customers through social media marketing. And unique online platforms, like Clubhouse, sprung…

Kelsey Ogbewe

Essayist | Poet | Activist “You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself, that values itself, that understands itself…” — Wangari Maathai #WEOC

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