There’s a song by the late Detroit hip-hop artist Proof called “Kurt Kobain” which I like to revisit from time to time. It’s an exceptional track, but a rather eerie one to listen to. The lyrics comprise the rapper’s fictional suicide note. …

By Aazim Jafarey

20,000 units.

He squinted at the number, rubbed his temple, and re-read the directions.

This Challenge is simple: write a short creative fiction piece, no longer than 2,000 words, about a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

He didn’t know whether to sigh or laugh. “Simple,” the prompt promised. True enough, he supposed. If…

A few reflections on being vocal in the workplace.

I’ve been asked a lot why I feel the need to be so candid and vocal about diversity and inclusion, social justice, and other related topics.

While these questions sometimes stem from simple curiosity, I often sense hidden sentiments in how they are posed. Two main themes consistently emerge: irritation and fear.

The irritation typically comes from those who most benefit from our current status quo. These are the kinds of folks who recognize that injustices…

How YouTubers are tapping into a need for authentic content.

When Donald Glover released his mercurial music video “This Is America” earlier this year, I had the luck of catching its upload in the first few minutes.

Like millions after me, I danced along with Donald for the first thirty seconds, then dropped my jaw in astonishment when he stretched…

A long look, because it shouldn’t be short.

For the rest of this post, I’m going to just throw in random art I like, ’cause why not?

Boy, it’s been a week.

I waited to take a stab at writing this because I’m naturally soft-spoken, and that’s taught me that in a room full of chaos, the louder voices will drown everything out. …

Åazim Jafarey

i have an idea

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