Modern Nostalgia

The Powerpuff Girls, Stranger Things, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles, Toonami, Power Rangers and Hey Arnold are all back for the modern age, and shows like BoJack Horseman comment on the 20- and 30-something’s longing for the past


Sense Data

skin, the bright light buzzed
again in my brain: knowledge




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photo of a young, black boy smiling

Supernova

How many stars named after black kids, or light-years until / the next supernova? I want him to know what room America has left / for black love, black boys, black families. Maybe. Hopefully.


photo of a dry, dead orange tree bearing dozens of oranges on its branches

The Orange Tree

Slaves, who did not volunteer to board the ships of chains and salts, and whose legacy casts a shadow much longer and darker than the fern, are not physically in this photo, yet their contribution is loud.


Silk

In the days somewhere between one winter and another spring, the night kept calling us to the sewer.


an art installation that includes wallpaper printed with deertaurs and trees and a 1950s-style lace dress

Marginalized and Mythological

Marginalized and Mythological: Shanequa Gay’s Disruption of the Pastoral Landscape is an intricate historical study of the global cotton and textile industries, tapping into the violent commodity made of Black bodies through control and decoration.