Maryam Azeeza Muhammad is a journalism student and poet currently enrolled at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She writes personal essays and pieces on music, wellness, and culture.
Where contemporary conversation fails, poetry sustains. And poetry has sustained the lives of many.
Arranged in three sections, Bantu Knots & Butterflies is a collection of poetry that was born out of the reflections of poet Maryam Azeeza Muhammad.
The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has been a global crisis that almost no one saw coming. With an estimate of 96 million cases worldwide and over two million deaths, not a living soul can say that they haven’t been affected by the pandemic in some form or fashion. The United States accounts for around 400,000 deaths alone, with Black people having one of the highest death rates when compared to other groups.
“This that burn, this ain’t no perm. This that nappy, this that urb’.” –Beyoncé, “MY POWER”
Poetry is one of the most important mediums one can use to express their innermost feelings. And when marginalized communities speak their truths, it is our duty to support them by listening and learning about the experiences they’ve been through in order to not only be better allies, but better humans overall.
Christopher Columbus is a name that we know, and have known for what seems like far too long. The whitewashed version of history has done him well, painting him as a courageous explorer, brilliant navigator, and overall, the person who discovered what is now America.
There is no country in the world where a Black person can go and be completely free of the effects of white supremacy.
I hoped and prayed that something like what happened to Sandra Bland would never again happen, that both white supremacy and patriarchy wouldn’t wake up one early morning and decide to claim another victim. Unfortunately, my prayers had fallen on deaf ears.
We have let people in, and have made them feel far too comfortable. That was a mistake. Black culture has become internet culture.
What was once a small platform originally created for the purpose of celebrity news and gossip has become one of the most negative places on the internet.
For crying out loud, how many times must we reiterate this?
THE DEMONIZATION OF BOTH AFRICAN CULTURE AND AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY ARE ACTUALLY ROOTED IN WHITE SUPREMACY AND CULTURAL GENOCIDE
In her new film, Black Is King, Beyoncé shows the importance of remembering one's roots and reflecting on those who came before us.
For as long as the media has existed, Black women have been victim to a multitude of stereotypes and vicious imagery.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” — Audre Lorde
When it comes to higher education, Black students often face a number of challenges and issues compared to their white counterparts.