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“Not tonight, dude. Please.”

Those were the words I spoke every night as a kid. They were offered up to the thick darkness of my room, a space that should have been empty. When I was young, my parents taught me to kneel beside my bed and pray for my living and deceased relatives. I would dutifully list off their names and occasionally slip in a request for a new doll. The prayers at my bedside stopped when we relocated to the home that would shape me. Being out of bed left me exposed to an entity that enjoyed filling…

All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.

-Toni Morrison

When Disney announced over the weekend that singer and actress Halle Bailey would be taking on the iconic role of Ariel in their live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid there was a definitive split amongst those of us who are far too invested in stories: those were elated and those who were enraged. Now, there were — quite naturally — those who couldn’t be paid to care about the casting, but the voices of those who were angry seemed…

Where are we to go when nowhere is safe?

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“You won’t have to worry about that in California!”

That was the typical response I received when I voiced my concerns about the racism my husband and I might face in our relocation from Kansas to California. In many people’s minds, my husband and I were escaping to a place far removed from the folksy bigotry embedded in Kansas. To the people who urge left-leaning individuals to flee their oppressive homes, California is as unimpregnable a place as a castle protected by a moat, but with Coachella and man-buns as it’s…

LaKase Cousino

LaKase Cousino is an author from the Midwest obsessed with history, mythology, film, and Blackness.

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