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spent Father's Day with Mumia #FreeEmAll

my dad passed away on Wednesday after a long, hard battle with Alzheimer's. today i stumbled across this picture he took of me walking around in his working boots. he wore them to chop meat at Coopers on Springfield Ave. it was his side hustle when General Motors didn't give him enough overtime. my dad was a proud black man born in Newark, NJ in the height of the Great Depression. he taught me hard work, modesty, and the kind of love that makes life worth living. and while he's no longer here, he left a footprint on my soul that will never die.

artwork for Princeton's first annual graduate student conference in the newly minted African American studies department. hope to see you there!

on the campus of the first school built for freedmen in the south. its my first time to the Lowcountry. the land is stirring my soul.

Libérons Mumia!

thankful

seven autumns ago i was caught smoking weed in my dorm room. i was a freshmen at Morehouse College, on academic scholarship, and president of the honors dorm. it was one of the scariest moments of my life. i was a promising student leader and son of a black mama who would kill me if i lost my scholarship or got kicked outta school. luckily i wasn't expelled. but i was impeached as president which, in retrospect, was one of the best things that ever happened to me. i ran for president because i wanted to be "that nigga." but i had an adolescent vision of the good life: clothes, money, shorties. that all changed after i went from being "that nigga" on campus to that* nigga on campus. the Greeks stopped messing with me; the tight upperclassmen who i looked up to fell back. i was at a crossroads. it was at this moment that i remembered the wisdom of my pastor who always told me that a human being's greatest superpower is the ability to reinvent ourselves. for the first time in my life, i began to decide who i wanted to be in the world. seven years after that storied night in Graves Hall 211, i'm beginning my first year of a PhD program at my top choice. i thank God for a village who's loved me through the ugly and beauty of it all.

that "abolish the police" smile

so proud of #Newark students for walking out of their schools today to fight against oppressive educational policy. now what's that about black and brown kids not caring about their education?

dedicated to all the boys who were/are called "feminine" growing up - as if boys can't be soft, sensual, and still strong. i see you.

but Tamir couldn't live to see 13.

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