In The Name Of Ali’s Radical Blackness

In The Name Of Ali’s Radical Blackness

In the name of Ali’s Radical Blackness Written by Isidore Noel   On Friday afternoon I had a conversation with a sister who is awakening from her white supremacy induced slumber. I spoke of race, segregation, dysfunctional integration and ancestral veneration. Of course I spoke about Muhammad Ali, the man I sometimes liked to call my last living icon. For how can one talk about those that waged the war against white supremacy without mentioning Ali? Hours later I learned that The Greatest was in his final hours of transitioning…

Beyonce’s Formation: My First Reaction

Beyonce’s Formation: My First Reaction

Beyonce’s Formation: My First Thoughts Formation needs no introduction. By now most people who frequent the Internet or get into contact with people that inhabit social media have heard of Beyoncé’s socio-political statement masquerading as perfect art on our YouTube channels. On Sunday afternoon a friend texted me about Beyoncé’s new video. Knowing me you would know I am not any part of the Beyhive. Even during the times when I loved Destiny’s Child, it was Kelly who was my girl. So, I rolled my eyes as I got onto…

AFRICAN THOUGHT | OUR HAIR

AFRICAN THOUGHT | OUR HAIR

Our hair By Isidore Noel Life usually proceeds in its normal ways and accordingly it did so again this morning. I got to work and my white colleague walks in with a bunch of hair in their plastic wrapping, talking about she is selling hair. I had a what the heck moment. My fellow black women were exuberant and luckily for them since it was just two days after payday, they could happily buy the hair. In the midst of my what the heck moment, I realized how normal this…

African Thought | Return and Fetch It

African Thought | Return and Fetch It

Written by Isidore Noel At some point in one’s awakening towards black consciousness, one will be confronted with the question of religion. When I first started to occupy myself with the effect of colonialism and conquest, I still prayed to white Jesus to help me put it all in perspective. I eventually realized that the servitude and bondage to a white savior was a part of the subjugation. At first I tried to justify my beliefs with a color-blind, all-loving God who is there for everybody regardless of what color…

African Thought | Along the black color spectrum

African Thought | Along the black color spectrum

I recently read a Tumblr post by Bedour Alagraa. She wrote of her experience as a black Arab. Yes, like she says; “not half-Black/half-Arab, but Black-Arab.” Read for yourself here This post led me to mentally collect experiences that we as a people go through. Unlike Alagraa I live in a country where I do not have to classify myself anything other than black. I could add my tribe if I wanted to be very specific, but this would probably only interest people in my motherland. Sadly in Arab-African countries…

Ambassador for Sade

Ambassador for Sade

Written by Isidore Noel Sitting at a friend’s barbeque the other day, I almost missed the opportunity to meet someone who at that moment appeared awkwardly quiet. It was easy to dismiss Andre Pilz as someone who is too shy to interact with others. Surprisingly though we ended up talking and he started telling me about his past and present which, I found incredibly fascinating. My interest was caught when he asked me if I know Sade. Having been a lover of Helen Folasade Adu’s music since I first heard…