Freelance writer. MA in Journalism from NYU. Studied under Ta-Nehisi Coates in his “Writing for Reporters” course. My weapon is My pen. @b.talissa on IG.

We cannot dismantle race, but perhaps there’s another way to escape it.

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For the last decade, many Americans have steadily fought the structure of race to achieve a united-country and post-racial state — some opting for colorblindness, and others challenging the historical bias attached to skin color. Even right now, as we’re surviving a novel pandemic, the racial one is met with more urgency. But to find a cure, we must analyze the problem. So, let’s rewind four centuries to the genesis of race.

Historians say racial categories weren’t officially established until 1790. After the European Spaniards stole West Africans and native lands, other groups migrated over the Atlantic to America. Once the Dutch, the British, and the French arrived — the Spaniards recognized in order to keep their dominion, they needed a structure to uphold their power. So, they considered constructing a hierarchy based on ethnicity. But there was one huge problem; the foreigners’ skin was identical to theirs. And because of that, each group could homogenize with “Spaniard” to acquire control. Not only that, but another pigment was also in question. There were also brown Dutch people, brown French people, and brown Spaniards. Even their slaves were “brown” — and after recognizing these “color loop-holes,” they understood ignoring them could inadvertently dismantle their entire supremacy. …


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Yesterday afternoon, a militia of Americans invaded Capitol Hill — holding confederate flags, Trump 2020 banners, and MAGA picket-signs — and stormed through a line of police into the U.S. Capitol.

Inside, they took over the building — -some manning the main hall, others vandalizing the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s office, and a group breaching onto the U.S Senate floor — one caped in a Trump flag taking a seat in the Vice President’s chair.

“Stop the Steal,” they cried in and outside the premises. …


*I wrote this piece in 2018.*

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“And I tried to piece the puzzle of the universe
Split an eighth of ‘shrooms just so I could see the universe.”

“Ah shoot! It’s my jam!” I shouted behind my shoulder to my friends in the back seat. My best friend muttered, “Ah, shit!” between her lips as they held her cigarette. I rapped every word while my friends waved their hands in-and-out of the car windows to the beat. I paused mid-sentence between the verses, “I effin love him, man!”

There was another friend in the car with us — inside the stereo — Kid Cudi. We were listening to his single “Soundtrack 2 My Life” found on his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day.


by: Brittany Talissa King

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THE POWERFUL J.R.E. — After journalist Chris Wallace failed to control the first presidential debate, millions of Americans went to Twitter. They nominated Joe Rogan for consideration to moderate Trump and Biden, but that never happened. Instead, yesterday, he hosted an highly-anticipated experience with another candidate running for president, rapper Kanye West.

Nearly one-hundred-days after West’s #2020Vision appearance in Charleston, a presidential rally turned “chaotic breakdown,” according to the news — the Chicagoan made another presidential appearance on the successful Joe Rogan Experience podcast garnering over 3.5 million views in less than 24 hours.

During this three hour conversation, West seemed relaxed and at-home inside Rogan’s studio. In a lavender hoodie and Rogan in his usual casual uniform, West sat face-to-face, seemingly six-feet-apart, ready to venture inside this long-sought conversation. Of course, the iconic rapper talked about his “genius” and promoted his many talents within the fashion industry, music production — even farming, house design, and hopefully becoming president in 2024. …


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America has been through a series of unfortunate events. And now, we have to elect a new president. When will the madness end.

WASHINGTON D.C. — There are less than two months until Election Day — and millions of Americans are awaiting the first presidential debate on September 29th. Most Americans can agree on two things: how important this election is and how divided we’ve become. And between the division, there are still individuals undecided with who they want as president. …


by: Brittany Talissa King

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We’re twenty weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic and 75 days post-George Floyd. The street-marches for justice have not ceased, but the actions to eradicate racial inequality have popularized through conversations assembled on virtual platforms and social media, making this current discourse a novel marker in American history. And since black Americans finally have the world’s attention, more voices continue to weighed-in, like actor Terry Crews and rapper Kanye West, to filmmaker Ava DuVernay and minority leader Stacy Abrams — who appeared on Oprah’s zoom special, “Where Do We Go From Here?”


by Brittany Talissa King

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It was 1998 when I saw her on my Panasonic T.V.

I had just returned home from school and stationed myself in front of the family computer. As I chatted with classmates on AOL, and fed my two Tamagotchis dangling from my belt loop. In the background was MTV, intermission with cereal commercials, until “A World Premiere” music video took over the screen. As I gossiped with my chat room, I heard an unfamiliar electronic piano beat blast behind me, “Dun-dun-nuh…” then, a girl sang, “Oh baby, baby…” over the melody. …


A young musician in New York grapples with his success within a black genre.

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HARLEM, NEW YORK — It’s Saturday in August, and it’s hot. Tony Glausi is wearing a funky floral button-up performing with his four-piece jazz band at Home Sweet Harlem. “Thank you for coming out, everyone. I’m Tony,” he said. He motions his hand back, giving attention to his band-mates before picking up his brass trumpet. The entire band is different hues of brown.

Tony is a tan shade of white, with hair styled like Elvis Presley. “Anybody else wants to come up and play?” Tony opens the performance to the entire crowd. …


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In 1999, like most baby millennials, our parents dictated the family television.

In my Midwestern home, I woke up to Katie Couric and Matt Lauer’s news reports on Today before school. After I returned home, the ritual continued. As mom prepared dinner, usually a meatloaf, buttery mashed potatoes, and a side of green beans- I’d see dad watching Pat Sajak on the Wheel of Fortune while Vanna White turned random letters in a glittery dress. Johnny Gilbert would introduce the iconic “Alex Trebek!” and then there was Regis Philbin’s rhetorical question: “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”

And to avoid hearing the arbitrary sentence “go do your homework,” I’d hurry the telephone gossip with Taryn, feed my Tamagotchis, then grab my Lisa Frank folders and spread school over the floor, like Couric’s notes on her morning desk. …


by Brittany Talissa King

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Photo Courtesy of Black Kudos

On August 24, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was falsely accused of “flirtatiously whistling” at Carolyn Bryant; a 21-year old white woman in Mississippi. Four days later, his beaten and mutilated body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River. Emmett Till became an iconic symbol for the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter. This horrific murder still reminds America of its racial violence toward black bodies — and why modern murders like George Floyd reveals the “nation’s heritage.”

Emmett Louis Till, also known as “Bobo,” was born on July 25, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the only child to his mother, Mamie Till. She worked 12-hour shifts as a clerk for the Air Force where she managed “secret and confidential” files. …

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