I used to love Drake. Now our relationship is far more nebulous. I still party to him, and when nostalgia washes over me I’ll even close my eyes and sing along; wishing it was all the same. Picture this, an eighteen-year-old Black boy from the suburbs who previously defined himself…

When I first got the blues, they brought me over on a ship,
Men was standin’ over me, and a lot more with a whip.
And ev’rybody wanna know why I sing the blues.

— B. B. King

(Image of Robert Johnson courtesy of NPR)

The grown folks always warned me not to sell my soul to…

“Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” Ezekiel 16:49 (NIV)

Fire and brimstone are all I could remember from the sermon. I sat in the backseat of my mom’s SUV submerged…

Photo Captured On My iPhone

On Friday September 14, 2018 I joined about twenty-thousand people in Madison Square Garden for Childish Gambino’s last tour. The concert was good enough. It had the requisite lighting and crowd interaction expected of mainstream pop stars in a post-Beyoncé era. Gambino was animated and vulnerable. He wound his hips…

Mischaël Cetoute

Haitian-American educator working at the intersection of schools & prisons. I like hip hop, yoga, and politics.

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