I started writing this blog in my second year of my first Masters degree. At the time, I found myself fatigued at academic writing. Particularly, the way in which academia forces one to remove oneself, from one’s writing. Even when this writing relates directly to our lived experiences. I found myself fatigued at my inability to truly express myself. I hated that every time I wrote, I would censor myself. I was so fatigued at the coloniality of academia, I found myself, completely unable to write, unable to do the very thing that for years I had prided myself on having mastered.
So I started the Afroist, as a way to express not only that fatigue, but as a way to free myself. Free my writing. Undo the standards of colonial modernity. Over time, the writing on my blog has changed from essays, to prose, to verse and all three at once. This is me at my most free. Unfiltered. Ugly. Beautiful. Love and hate all at once.