Video: Black and Brown Arizona State Students forced to Defend New Multicultural Solidarity Center and Themselves from White Supremacist Rhetoric

On September 23, 2021 two white males displaying white supremacist & anti Black rhetoric walked into the recently constructed Arizona State Multicultural Solidarity Center (MSC). The MSC space is a safe space advocated for by Black & Brown students for the last 5 years. The center finally opened in Fall of 2021. For perspective it is CURRENTLY FALL OF 2021. The students of color who use the center as a safe space feel that ASU didn’t listen to their concerns regarding making the center safe for them from these types…

Elijah McClain was a Black Nerd, like a lot of us; And they killed him anyway

I assiduously wear the Blerd moniker as a badge of honor. That label, that honor means so much to me, that I have the words “Black Nerd” tattooed in the inner part of my upper right arm. It defines me. It defines a lot of us. Blerds are different. That’s why we exist. It’s not just for the love of comic books, or Star Wars, or anime, or Lovecraft Country or astrophysics. Nah, it just means we embraced our uniqueness. That we’re proud to be…different. Not better; Not smarter; Just…different.…

Why We Should Be Hella Concerned About Environmental Racism By Kymberly Akpowowo

What does August 29, 2005, vs. August 29, 2021, have in common? Sadly, a lot. Exactly 16 years to the day that Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in the state of Louisiana residents are dealing with Hurricane Ida. 16 years later we have made minimal progress in the fight to dismantle/improve the damaging effects of structural and environmental racism. To note, about 60% of the population in New Orleans is Black. At the time this post was penned, more than 800,000 residents were without power, sewage, or water in Louisiana. Of…

Grief in My Black Experience

“Libations poured in remembrance Balloons released into the sky Ritual and procession, Pomp and circumstance It’s an affair when Black people die.” -F. Renee Hamilton My earliest memory of death was being held in my mothers’ arms as we stood in line to view my paternal great-grandmothers body for the last time. I could not have been more than four years old, but this final saying of goodbye has forever been engrained in my memory. Vaguely, I remember various family members leaning over to kiss the lady whom I thought…

“Courage Within Our Conviction” By Nasir Salaam

Disclaimer: At Black With No Chaser, we believe in providing a platform for all voices. This series is brought to us by our incarcerated brother Nasir Salaam. We hope you enjoy and encourage his willingness to share his mind with us. Nasir can be found on Instagram @freenazz What makes us doubt our abilities towards achieving success? Why do we second guess what we’ve been striving for our whole life? How does self loathing increase our odds of what we define as true happiness? Questions we find ourselves asking over…