On Saturday, TEN will stage its third annual Literacy Across Harlem march. I spoke Joe Rogers to learn more about the march, his organization’s work, and what advice he’d give young scholars….
The First Person Plural Season Premiere. Mark your calendar. You now have plans for Sep 30 2014.
Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT, a national moment of silence, organized by @FeministaJones, will take place across the United States. People will come together to peacefully protest the excessive police brutality that has taken the lives of black people across the country. In true social media fashion #NMOS14 started out…
Harlem. Tonight. 123rd and Morningside. 7pm.
At Night I Dream of Riot Police
I had a dream one night while lying in my Harlem bed. I didn’t wake up in sweat but the story felt saturated through me. I felt as afraid and sad as if I were now in the afterlife, reviewing the last moments of my life. I stood on a city rooftop, the kind used for bars, swimming pools, or for sleeping if you’re homeless, but on this night I’d found myself there, as you’ll find yourself in dreams, suddenly someplace with no seeming connection to the previous scene. Before I could orientate myself the soldiers came flooding towards me. Police officers, dressed in riot gear, faces covered, and one man has his gun pointed at me. I am not a criminal, I am not a soldier, I am only there on the roof as a person, as me, but he is running towards me gun pointed at my chest, and my chest is tight as a drum because there is nothing more aggressive than having a loaded weapon pointed at you, nothing as aggressive as this until he pulls the trigger and discharges. And I am awake and I am no longer on that roof. If the roof is what they wanted, the roof is what they have. But I am awake now and I live. I am awake now and I tell you this story. When I dream of dying the killer is a faceless aggressor. If he is a protector, his care is not for me.
photograph by Whitney Curtis
Today we’ve got two writers with poetry and an essay from Apogee Journal’s new issue. Apogee
is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce an annual issue…
A short essay on the Apogee Journal website. Free will, violence, Chris Brown, Rihanna, you, me, the NYPost…
“At the Los Angeles police station, photos were taken. A few days later, a shot that looked like a mug shot though it’s the victim, the battered woman, appeared on Internet sites, on television screens, on tabloid cover pages. Rihanna, her face bruised, in that terrible yellowed lighting. A picture leaked to the press by police officers. Women police officers, according to later media reports….”