With both arms above my head, I ascend the armoire like the Undertaker in his infamous cage match against Mick Foley. I sing my own intro music and jump from the perch six feet up, flopping onto my older brother like a pancake tossed high in the air. Immediately, we…


“Queen & Slim” had revolutionary potential, but falls flat precisely where it should soar. I’d like to blame the worst parts of “Queen & Slim” on James Frey. Frey is wealthy, and famous for lying in his memoirs. Perhaps it is unsurprising to some that he is also a white…


( Photo by Alasdair McLellan)

For years, Eddy Bellegueule arranged the meeting time and place where his childhood bullies attacked him. He wanted to control the conditions of his humiliation. It seems to me that the author, Édouard Louis, has a similar relationship with control. Now a 27 year-old literary phenomenon armed with a respectable…


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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