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    Samuel Karim: Who I Am

    20 miaka ya kufungwa jela- Samuel Karim of Chicago, Illinois Kuchimba kina katika udongo tata kwamba ni mimi, Samuel Karim, understanding why I am who I am– that is my legacy. I was born during the 1970s into a Muslim home with its own complexities. My father was a minister of the Nation of Islam. I was born in Chicago. I have lived in Saint Louis, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Gary, Indiana. I have attended around nineteen different schools. I really never had any sort of foundation except...SOMA ZAIDI


    Time to Wake Up

    It’s time to wake up! Along time ago I had to learn to accept that just as not all characters are the same, not all minds are alike. Therefore because a lesson is capable of being taught by one does not dictate that it can easily be learned by another. Certain things can be understood by certain people, but most things are likely to be misunderstood by most people. Kuangalia, I’m no athlete, actor, mwanasiasa, or any other type public figure, so I don’t have to be politically...SOMA ZAIDI


    upendo wa Milele

    Mungu awabariki kwa kina cha haja ya moyo wako na kukupa furaha, amani na ridhaa katika siku yako. I greet you in peace and love eternal. I want you to understand me and my position as I understand you and yours. Ni muhimu kwamba unajua kwamba mimi kamwe kuchukua wewe kwa nafasi au vibaya. imani yako si misplaced ndani yangu. Mimi sio kwamba aina ya guy. Naamini kwa undani katika uhusiano ambapo safari inaongoza kwa kuanzishwa kwa waaminifu, sincere...SOMA ZAIDI


    Marginalized: The Criminalization of a Race

    As the cycle of mass incarceration continues, prison will be an expected rite of passage into manhood for an even greater number of African American men. Cha kusikitisha, most will consider their prison experience to be a badge of honor. Ukweli kuwa habari, more than any other ethnic group in this nation, people of African descent, particularly males, have endured the somber and debilitating impacts of prison. Katika 2010, African Americans comprised nearly 50% of the incarcerated population in America while...SOMA ZAIDI


    Amerikkka’s Hitler: Stop Donald Trump

    As we strive for liberation, and acknowledge the gains we have made, for our self preservation one truth must be spoken plain . . . Donald Trump must be stopped! By any and all means! He is the epitome of the white nationalist enemy. The same white supremacy that birthed Hitler’s Nazi Germany. 2016 is not just another bourgeoisie presidential election. Si, this election is a fight for the soul of Black Amerika. B.L.A.C.K. watu, that is Black, Latinos, Asians/Arabs (progressive)...SOMA ZAIDI


    Words of Encouragement for My African Queens and Daughters

    Painting by Live from Lockdown contributor Kenneth Key, incarcerated at Stateville Correctional Center (Illinois Idara ya Masahihisho). I want to talk to my young queens, my sisters, my daughters, who have been scarred by past relationships. Every day I think of you and just want to convey some words of encouragement. Ni maombi yangu kwamba maneno yangu kuwasha baadhi ya kusafiri nafsi na kuongeza imani yako katika binafsi. A belief that many of you have lost. Ninatambua kwamba wakati wewe kuishi kwa ...SOMA ZAIDI


    Stay the Course and Fight!

    We must stay the course and not allow the challenges that come our way to impede our forward progress. Badala yake, we must view our challenges as blessings and opportunities to grow. No matter what we are striving for in our personal lives, if we want it, we must fight for it. When we don’t struggle for the things we want, we will inevitably experience fear that we will not achieve what we want or a sense of guilt when opportunity passes us by. Even when we may have put forth some effort, we...SOMA ZAIDI


    Building Our Communities

    How are we supposed to feel a part of this country when the powers that be just do what they want to our people? We need money for everything, but the sad reality is that we need money to keep our families together. Without money we are considered dead. But when we get money, we just buy materialistic shit to show our worth. In reality, we could have all the materialistic shit out there and front like we got it, but our families will be fucked up. Parents are acting like their kids don’t...SOMA ZAIDI


    Msamaha: An Apology to All Women

    “If anyone will take these two words to heart and use them for her own guidance, she will be almost without sin and will lead a very powerful life. These two words are bear and for bear.” -Epicetus I bring a message of apology for all the pain we men have caused you, for abandoning you to a world that has no idea the magnitude of your greatness. I apologize that we have termed you our baby’s mama, instead of giving you the title you deserve, that of Queen. I know we men have...SOMA ZAIDI


    The Evolution of Overseer to Police Officer (Sehemu 2)

    Read The Evolution of Overseer to Police Officer (Sehemu 1). Once again the modern day Overseers have proven to the people of African descent that no matter how much we peacefully protest, our lives truly DO NOT MATTER! As I watched that horrific video of Philando Castile slaughtered in the backseat of a car in front of his fiancee and four year old daughter and left to bleed-out like a cattle, I almost shed tears! Tears of anger, kuchanganyikiwa, udhalilishaji, helplessness, and familiarity. It was...SOMA ZAIDI

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