Occupy for Bread and Roses

It was the first time my ex had kicked me out of the house, and I don’t remember for what anymore.  Something stupid and petty, I’m sure.  This time would be just the first of several times, and it was always a power move on his part.  His way of exerting his control over me: I disagreed about something we heard said on the radio?  Bam!—on the streets in the middle of the night (if it weren’t for my friends who always took me in when this shit went down.)

Continue reading “Occupy for Bread and Roses”

On “Black Diaspora of the the 20th Century”

“Blackness” is multivalent concept that has been shaped by cultural and historical events, from colonial trade to desegregation, these global events have shaped African, American, and British societies as we know them today.

The link below highlights the black experience in the 20th century through the lens of literature. Whereas Malcolm X’s autobiography deconstructs the disillusionment of freedom and equality in America, the poetry of Jackie Kay’s the Adoption Papers explores biracial identity, parenthood, and #LGBTQ+ issues, all of which are themes that are included in Octavia Butler’s dystopian science fiction novel. “Parable Of The Sower”. Individually, the texts present the multifaceted nature of blackness, together they highlight systemic challenges people of the African diaspora have faced.

The authors and titles featured in my post Black Diaspora Literature of the 20th Century illustrate core problems during the cultivation of a black identity, using their lived experience, their poetry, and their allegories to tell the story African diaspora. We live in a post-colonial word, but xenophobia is still a real issue that has no borders, but seeks to build walls of false security. As we draw closer to 2020, let us take a look into the past so that we can focus on co-creating a more inclusive future.

https://kaleidoscopesoup.com/black-diaspora-literature

In solidarity.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cropped-cropped-infinity-flowerz-copy.jpg

Michael Ray

Bachelors of English Literature
Humboldt State University.

Leave a message: Contact.

More by Michael Ray
​Santa Monica MirrorWestside L.A. TodayBrentwood News
Century City Westwood NewsBonoboville

Paradise Memorium

“Paradise will never burn,” they swore.

The long-time locals gathered on the ridge to stare at the 23 thousand acres of flame and blackness across the canyon.  “Trust me,” they said.  Pontificating with their cigarettes and pointing with their beers at the perpetual sunset, writhing and leaping against the night sky. 

Continue reading “Paradise Memorium”

#GoBonobos for “The Bonobo Way” by Dr. Susan Block

The Bonobo Way
by Dr. Susan Block.
Gardner & Daughters Publishers
October 30, 2014
Cover of The Bonobo Way

The Bonobo Way: The Evolution of Peace Through Pleasure is a breath of fresh air in a world set ablaze by the fires of misogyny and war. Written by international sex expert, and Yale graduate, Dr. Susan Block, her book is a manifesto to female empowerment and inclusivity that is inspired by our other great ape cousins, the bonobos—also known as Pan Paniscus. According to Dr. Block, these endangered primates have a lot to teach humanity and what they can teach could save your sex life, if not the world.

Continue reading “#GoBonobos for “The Bonobo Way” by Dr. Susan Block”

The Good, the Bad, and the Jackass

            John Wayne taught me how to fight. 

            My father taught me, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  He shrugged his freckly white shoulders. 

            “No,” I argued.  “They shouldn’t say mean things to me.”

Continue reading “The Good, the Bad, and the Jackass”