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UmohowetYelayu Umohowet Yelayu


Umohowet Yelayu writer, poet, musician, from Chicago, IL. His debut collection of poetry "Songs of Our Old Orbits" was published in 2018. He has worked in education, social-emotional counseling, and community development, for nationally funded nonprofits and in the nation’s fourth largest public school system. He is the founder and chief executive officer of The Civil Regeneration Fellowship, a nonprofit organization that provides services to schools, families, and communities-in-need in the four areas of Education, Mental Health, Community Development, and the Arts. He is the founder of the Uchu Taiyoko Ryu Dojo, a community marital arts and yoga program in Chicago.

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Black Panther's Lessons On Racism, Elite Apathy, Feminism, And More Create Space For Important Conversations

In the coliseum of the film, Marvel’s Black Panther has become the reigning gladiator-triumphant. It’s shattered a host of records, earned half-a-billion dollars worldwide, and became the most successful movie debut of an African-American director in history. There are weightier conquests as well. It’s disintegrated the long-held Hollywood belief that movies with Black...

How Eminem's Freestyle Against White Supremacy Secured His Invitation To The Cookout

The second semester of seventh grade was when Eminem impacted my life. Growing up, I was often the subject of abuse. I was a nerd, unathletic, a bit feminine, had dark skin and African features at a time when that wasn’t popular, and “talked too proper” according to my classmates. I was bullied constantly, leaving me loomy, despondent, rejected,...

How Cam Newton Became The Black Scapegoat For Sports Sexism

Cam Newton is one of the most incredibly gifted and successful NFL quarterbacks in modern history. He has been the NFL’s number one draft pick, secured the coveted Heisman Trophy, been named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, broke NFL all-time records for passing and rushing yards, became the first quarterback to throw 400 yards in a first game, been named NFL Offensive...