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Picture this for life with #46! When Shiri Achu and her family took a photo with the future 46th US President, Joe Biden. July 2007. “Wake up!  Wake up!!” Ecstatically, we tried to wake our big brother up from his deep slumber. It was 3  in the morning. We had just driven to his flat—ok, apartment—in North London and we had an early morning flight to catch. “What are you guys doing here?” he said…
Claudia’s grandfather from China, Siu KanChiu who changed his name to Guillermo Siu, born circa 1914. A world of immigrants When the major networks finally projected that Joe Biden had been elected the 46th President of the United States in the afternoon of November 7, 2020, after finally crossing the 270 electoral votes threshold with the winning of Pennsylvania, I had not been prepared for the massive celebrations that followed. The customary projections declaring the…
The Food Pantry at Columbia How Black men experience discrimination in university campuses I knew just what to do. As I retrieve my university ID from my wallet, I start to record the incident on my phone. My previous experience from a false race-based call at George Washington University, where I had earned my law degree just last year had prepared me, and this time I was ready. I did not attribute my replayed perennial…
A tale of Nigeria’s crooked killer cops October 20, 2020, video showing how soldiers fired at unarmed Nigerian youth peacefully protesting against police brutality and bad governance. My childhood friend, Bola Afilaka was murdered by Nigerian police in 1995 after refusing to pay ‘egunje’ (a bribe) at a police checkpoint. He was an economics major at Ahmadu Bellow University. A few days ago on October 20, I received an article on WhatsApp from a childhood…
(This passage is intentionally short and chaotic to convey the atmosphere in the trauma bay) Setting: Open, round-table learning session about A as in airway. … A call comes in: GSW to left chest, no pulse, s/p Compressions for 15 min, 10 min out. Doc 1 – ready shock room 1. Prepped the room, suited up. Nurse 1 – he’s here. (Felt like only 5 min.) 2 inches, “stayin’ alive” Has been dancing for the…
The Senator said America had the best jurisprudence in the world and was the envy of all legal systems. He said it in a manner that was certainly American. On October 12, 2020, the United States Senate started Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, picked by President Trump to replace the progressive legal luminary, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died barely 3 weeks ago on September 18, 2020. The hearings staged by…
poverty in all its ramifications should be extirpated, I have been very fortunate with my experiences: the hard, the not so hard and the serendipitous have all perhaps conspired to lend one insight. Many years ago, as I worked multiple jobs as a full-time student (never knowing rest), in rural Troy, Alabama, I met one of the poor whites, which filmmaker Matthew Cooke in his documentary “People’s History of the USA,” describes. I had gone…
It is clear that he feels he is on a mission to re-imagining African art in the global lens and repositioning it as a centerpiece of world heritage. Danladi Kole Bako the artist It’s a sunny day. Two golden beams splash through the sliding windows like rays reflecting from a klieg light, causing me to squint my eyes. “O ti sun,” Kole mistakenly thinks I have slept off. “No, I am awake. I can hear…
What stops Nigeria from becoming a cyber hub that generates wealth for its citizens and even billionaires the legitimate way? I think we all know the answer: It is fantastically corrupt. Two things that I want to talk about that are kind of unrelated. The first is simply jumping off a discussion in an earlier post—why women tend to prefer initiating dates through social media and dating apps as opposed to traditional organic in person…