Culture

LECTURERS’ STRIKE IN NIGERIA GROUNDS STUDENTS, LECTURERS, AND PARENTS

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The university store where Bimpe Alabi sells snacks and drinks at the park is usually crawling with customers. Since University of Ilorin's lecturers have gone on strike, this has changed. Alabi stands outside, inviting passersby. Her profits have shrunk, pushing her family into hardship.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 27, 2022
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PIE PERSON

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I am a pie person descended from a lineage of pie people.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 4, 2022
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The (Apocryphal) Queen of Soul

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she had it in the bag

From Popula
On February 14, 2022
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A SUBURBAN CARETAKER’S DIARY ENTRY

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With wit, and a dash of horror, a Black caregiver in the Bay Area suburbs reflects on the surreality of elder care during a pandemic.

From Tasteful Rude
On January 14, 2022
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From Botany Bay to the Flying Boats

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Weird colonial propaganda in Australian schools

From Popula
On October 12, 2021
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For Corinne Wasserman on Rosh Hashanah

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You’re supposed to eat sweet things for a sweet year on Rosh Hashanah. My Nana’s pot roast is kind of sweet. Mostly it’s the memory of it, I think.mike

From Preachy
On September 6, 2021
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How Mehndi Helped Me Embrace My South Asian Roots During the Pandemic

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I started hating this tradition. In doing so, I ran from myself, more worried about whether my authentic self was acceptable. I would make faces and moan about how annoying the process of applying and removing Mehndi is – just like my British friends do now – while also secretly loving how beautiful and elegant my hands looked.

From Preachy
On August 30, 2021
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BARGAIN BASEMENT QUEERNESS

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What is gayness if it isn’t visible via purchases? What is safety if it isn’t sanctioned by the consumer state? Without Target gay gear, many celebrants would be left indistinguishable from the average heterosexual white dude.

From Tasteful Rude
On June 8, 2021
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Joe Crowley Will Lobby for RIAA Front Group

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Crowley's first client is a RIAA front group.

From Sludge
On June 3, 2021
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THE GIRL AND THE NAPPY HALO

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As I settle into my pregnancy, I fantasize about the human I’m going to bring into the world. I picture a girl. Beautiful. Black. Freckled like her father. Myopic like me. Some nights, I think I hear her calling me mama and telling me that she loves me. I also fantasize about my daughter asking a phrase etched into the genetic code of Black women everywhere: How much hair is left?

From Tasteful Rude
On May 21, 2021
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For Better Or Worse

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When I hear the conflicts that arise between my uncle and his wife, I circle back to his singular pursuit of having power over everyone and anyone. I listen as daily conversations drift into discussing how his failing body increases his dependence on others.

From Tasteful Rude
On May 13, 2021
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Instead of Silence

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Kolawole Samuel Adebayo is a Nigerian poet with works published in Button Poetry, Glass Poetry, and elsewhere.

From Olongo Africa
On May 13, 2021
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I’ve Always Wanted to Look in a Dress the Way Albert Brooks Looks in a Dress…

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Wishing I looked as good as a man in a dress is an ancient feeling for me. This one's for all my trans dudes who want to wear dresses but hate being coded as female.

From Popula
On May 6, 2021
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