The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade

For millenniums slavery has infected cultures and civilization around the world, seeping its way into the histories of Babylon, Rome, and the Americas. Yet perhaps no slavery compares to that within the African continent, from which hundreds of millions of humans have been enslaved and trans-continentally exported for centuries. … More The African Slaveries: Distinction of Trade

Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

I have always been a fervent advocate of human rights. During the Armenian Genocide of 1915, my great-grandparents were of the few who survived the terrible atrocities. I’ve read countless first-hand accounts of genocide survivors and actively studied contemporary genocide (Armenian Genocide, Holocaust, Rwandan Genocide, etc) through other means like film. As such, I was … More Humans and Human Rights through Documentary

De tiempo roto

Estamos peleando con el tiempo y me gustaría que tuviéramos otro momento. Deseo que habría besar tus manos una vez mas. Un otro lago para nuestro amor. El mundo nos mira y ríe porque esta pasión no es bastante. Quizás que no nadas en lago como yo, quizás que no estamos buscando para el mismo … More De tiempo roto

Shifting the Frontier

Our new frontier manifests itself not through the conquering of land but through the enhancement of tech-facilitations that fundamentally lead to faster innovation and quicker results. Our manifest destiny, has undergone an idealistic change: what once referred to as our God-given necessity to spread Americanism throughout our nation’s continent, now expands its limits globally. … More Shifting the Frontier

Playing into the Myths: The American Dream and the Reality

While the success myth remains a mere illusion of hope for those of lower socioeconomic status, the frontier and city on a hill myths couple the perception of American superiority; on the other hand, the agrarian and foreign devil myths eye preservation rather than prospect with their core centralized upon defending the established national identity. … More Playing into the Myths: The American Dream and the Reality

Why international law was not enough to stop the Holocaust

While international law existed prior to World War II, the form of law remained weak in protecting stateless people, such as the Jews in pre-World War II Europe, in a domestic sphere. Firstly, the rights an individual held under international law was granted in terms of their nationality and so if an individual believed his/her … More Why international law was not enough to stop the Holocaust

From Dr. Dre to J. Cole: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop

Travel back 16 years to 1999 when one of the most influential figures in the American hip-hop scene released The Aftermath, a groundbreaking album that sold over 6.6 million units in four years. Number 23 on Billboard’s Hot 100 at the time, “The Next Episode” featured on Andrew ‘Dr. Dre’ Young’s album sunk itself so … More From Dr. Dre to J. Cole: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop

Dusting glass

My glass of faith has shattered and I–the prisoner of these walls–fall celled into my destruction. He told me that I must believe and later embrace. He spun my thoughts, my guilt, my lust. And when I needed him he came by my side. He bent down and cradled my body. He raised my broke … More Dusting glass