Illustrated and designed by Apollo A. Sydnor (Images by the author)


Raymond’s bedroom door was cracked open. His big sister barged in and threw a paperback book. The book hit Raymond’s chest, then hit the floor.

“Grandma, thought that was mine.”

It was a book of African baby names. Raymond retrieved it from the floor, put…

Kaepernick’s slavery/sports comparison isn’t new, writers have done this for decades

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and filmmaker Ava DuVernay co-produced a Netflix miniseries about Kaepernick’s life. One episode depicted the NFL draft as no different from a slave auction. During this scene, Kaepernick’s voice-over stated, “What they don’t want you to understand is what’s being established is a power dynamic.”

The Achilles Heel of American Debate

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In 2011, Kelli Stargel, a Republican Florida state representative, wrote a bill that required public school teachers to grade parents of students in kindergarten through the third grade. According to Stargel, there was accountability for students, teachers, and administrators, but parent accountability was the missing link. …


Illustrated and designed by Apollo A. Sydnor (Images by the author)

Author’s note

This Volume is a continuation of The Foolish One (A Graphic Volume of Poetry). This Volume can stand alone, but it’s recommended to read them in order.


Raymond couldn’t wait — to wait — for Tanisha. He’d rush home from school just to wait. The…

Playing Russian Roulette with the heartbeat cycle

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In 2015, a black man, wielding a knife, was killed by San Francisco police officers. The incident started a Taser controversy. However, the San Francisco police officers didn’t use Tasers. They actually shot and killed the man.

Back in 2015, San Francisco police…


J. Pharoah Doss is a columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier.

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