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We’re all gonna need a good distraction

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Emotions are running high this week. What better time to sip some vino while channeling your inner Future? “Hey babe, it’s been a long time. We living in a crazy moment, and I was just thinking about how crazy in love we used to be. This presidential election got me wanting to campaign in yo’ DMs for what we had. Can I count on your vote?”

4. Play video games

Listen, Nintendo doesn’t need any more of our coins this year. But the game nerds were truly onto something: Plugging into different worlds hardly gets old. Your fingers might not be as nimble as…


It may not alleviate my anxiety as much as turning off the news, but it’s one of the few things I can control these days

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Earlier this summer, I somehow convinced myself that I was about to lose my neck.

I wasn’t exactly sure how, but I just knew as punishment for smoking way too much weed lately, my fate was to become a windpipe-less Negro like Heathrow in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. (Sorry to the cultured folks who read that sentence and just cussed me out in their heads, but the shit was on Amazon Prime. It’s not like I’ve been able to go do hoodrat shit with my friends outside in the last six months, so I’ve been watching all types…


There’s nothing so fraught as being the American-born child of an immigrant

Protesters demonstrate near the entrance to a rally that US President Donald Trump will hold later in the evening at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Much has been written about burgeoning cultural anxiety in the U.S., thanks to the political divisiveness of the Trump era. But I’ve come to disagree with the sentiments expressed by many authors.

For many White Americans, there’s an inextricable link between cultural anxiety and White supremacy, and it’s an inverse relationship: White cultural anxiety increases when the traditionally privileged majority senses chipping away of absolute power.

There were no articles about people like me, a firstborn and first-generation American-born Black man who is a direct descendant of a Nigerian immigrant with inextricable ties to other Nigerians in Africa and the…

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