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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.

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…

On April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali arrived at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Houston, and made his way through a sea of reporters with a smile. He had big news: he wasn’t going to serve in the U.S. armed forces. He refused because of his religious views and because he believed the Vietnam War was erroneous. He had spent the previous few years speaking out against the war. “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America,” he had said in 1965. …

America has a performative problem. CBS is only one of many.

Editor’s note: Since the publication of this story, The Activist TV show has been totally reimagined in light of the criticism lobbed at CBS. That said, the author of this piece points out issues that will continue to loom large in society as content creators all vie for more viewers and readers. — Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, Editor-in-Chief, ZORA

Competition shows have evolved as the bedrock of American entertainment. It started with The Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, and American Idol. The objective for these shows was to “be the best” and “beat your competitors.” A few weeks ago CBS…

Inspired by James Baldwin’s, “A Letter To My Nephew.”

Dear Sinclair,

About 60 years ago, one of my favorite writers wrote a letter to his nephew, with whom he shares the same name, James Baldwin. This piece was published on the 100th anniversary of Juneteenth. A celebration our ancestors created to commemorate their exit from American Slavery.

The thing is, it took Baldwin five tries to finish it.

And little niece, as I type on my iMac, I must confess this draft began when you were half your age. …

By: Brittany Talissa King

It’s been eight years since the first #BlackLivesMatter hashtag was tweeted after George Zimmerman’s acquittal. And five years since Donald Trump coined the phrase, “Make America Great Again.” And in 2020, these two mantras historically clashed in the midst of one of our deadliest years. Where the coronavirus not only affected millions of lives but took over 400,000 Americans. Then after George Floyd’s death (one of the most merciless recorded incidents of police-brutality since Rodney King), protests showered the globe where millions chanted “Black Lives Matter” — -taking over the streets and internet. …

One might think Dr. King Jr. and the Civil Rights Activists were born with a natural ability to love against evil. But, I’d argue this was a learned strategy which was curated through critical-thinking, objective planning, and faith.

And that’s one of the most inspirational parts about Dr. King Jr. — -his mind.

In 1955, the same year Rosa Parks was arrested on that bus in Montgomery, King gave a Sunday sermon expressing, “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some…

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.*

“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…

by: Brittany Talissa King

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…

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. …

Brittany Talissa King

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