Stan Twitter & Misogynoir

Trigger Warning:  Discussion of suicide, murder, threats of violence, and self harm. So I admit that call myself a “literary stan” in my social media bios.  And that I identify as a Beyoncé stan (Beyhive stand up!).  And that I have overall dabbled in “stan culture”, the descriptor for digital communities that idolize celebrities on […]

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Poet Tries to Code: Life Lessons from my First Cert

Sometime in the Spring Semester 2019, I started learning how to code.   I began a Responsive Web Design Certification on FreeCodeCamp, which is about 300 credit hours of challenges and project building using HTML and CSS. When you’ve gone to art school for about ten years of your life, you get used to hearing […]

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Designing Afrofuturism Part 1 : Welcome to the Black Imaginary

She saw things…she imagined…can you imagine a world where there’s no price on dreaming? What I love about Black speculative fiction is how its existence subverts the world on a literary level. In Dr. Walter Greason’s seminar, we defined Afrofuturism as “mapping the Black imaginary”. Solange’s visual from “When I Get Home” opens this post […]

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Designing Afrofutrism : A Recap on the Possibilities in Four

In the midst of the jam-packed, grind-time, emotional monsoon that was my spring semester, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Library Company’s four-part seminar on Afro-futurism. Anyone who knows me or spends two seconds on my Twitter knows that any mention of Janelle Monae, non-linear time, or local movement building will result in […]

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Introducing…Mant¿s 🤗

Hey folks! I’m Mant¿s, and I’m a writer from Pittsburgh that’s currently based in Philly. This blog is mainly a platform for me to share my thoughts, concepts, and opinions so I can move my social media in a strategic way.  To put it bluntly: I talk a lot of my shit on my social […]

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