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How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Anti-Blackness Perverts Hip-Hop and Promotes US Imperialism

In 2021, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work seems more cancerous than ever: a remaking of the American myth as an excuse to elide the bloodshed upon which it was founded. Midway through the second act of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda sings, “In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet.” While Miranda’s voice is hilariously off-key and his...


Blue Imperialism: Biden’s Plan to Continue the Assault on Venezuela

Biden’s administration still supports the corrupt Guaido as the president of Venezuela, because “democracy abroad” is nothing more than a unity-building exercise in imperialism.  On January 23, 2019, Juan Guaido, a little-known political figure on the global stage, proclaimed himself the acting president of Venezuela against Nicolas Maduro, the nation’s democratically-elected leader. Guaido, who had...


Celebrating Haitian Independence is a Bittersweet Affair

Heartbreakingly, the spirit of Haitian independence has been replaced by a menage of new ways that white powers attempt to reassert their grip on my homeland. When I was younger, the new year always began with a trip to my grandmother’s. My mother’s family would gather in the living room and celebrate with each other,...


Examining the Grief Industrial Complex

When everything can become a product, nothing can ever be seen as sacred. That’s the truth that lies at the heart of the grief industrial complex.  In February 2018, Joaquin Oliver was one of 17 people shot and killed in Parkland, Florida. That same year, his parents, Patricia and Manuel Oliver went on to start...


Dawning Climate Catastrophe and the Paradox of Green Capitalism

Even in the face of planetary destruction, it is capitalism and capitalistic interests that dictate the response to our current climate catastrophe. Flashback to September 2018: former California Governor Jerry Brown has a plan to save the world. He explains: “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has...