Diepiriye Kuku is a New Delhi based Nigerian-American sociologist, public educationist, writer and choreographer from Kentucky. After studying biochemistry and Black studies at Oberlin, he organized a Culture Bank and artisan cooperative as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Mali, and then taught ESL in Seoul before returning to the States to complete an MPH in a pre-Katrina New Orleans. These experiences ultimately substantiated his 'trickle up' commitment to non-violence and human rights through dialogue- Civil and Queer Rights y-compris. Diepiriye currently writes the Gay and Lesbian column for TimeOut Delhi and develops Critical Thinking and Conflict Resolution courses as he completes his PhD at Delhi University. He is also active in Nigah, a queer collective of cultural activists. Diepiriye is a proud gen-XY Hip-Hop head and is grateful for the lessons he continues to learn from his family's vast R&B, Jazz and Funk LP collections. He is currently editing a collection of essays reflecting upon the reproduction of inequality through his own narrative growing up on the margins of the margins in the national and global south. His writing celebrates the lyricism and sentiments of the Blues through critical analysis of politics and pop culture.
This hero-worship is some old rehashing of Bible stories- the absent omnipotent father who will act as the ultimate punisher, executioner and maker of the law, while still allowing the privileged kid to grow up in heavenly wealth and luxury.
22 Apr 2010
Arg! And here I was just sifting through the current news, looking for health care coverage, but got assaulted with this crap in the headlines.
04 Apr 2010
Since Shahrukh Khan is showing Akon around Bollywood, imagine that awkward moment when the two are out on the town and they encounter the Fair and Handsome advertising chair, and Shahrukh Khan says to Akon, "I'd like you to meet my sponsor."
29 Mar 2010
Where white kids are depressed, black kids are pathological, even when demonstrating the same behavior in a classroom. NPR's Tell Me More investigates why "Blacks, Latinos Less Likely Treated For Depression". Perhaps the facts of race explain insanity for many, and there's no treatment for that.
21 Jan 2010
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Digitizing revolutions: The Negro still is not free [‘My lord’ a sister can be heard saying, and you can almost see her gleaming from sweat, fanning herself and shaking her head side to side with her eyes firmly fixed on Dr. King].
20 Jan 2010
The January 6th edition of the Aachener Zeitung predictably found that one Black child to shoot! Epiphany in German speaking lands is what it is: Three Wise Men or not, each little German town will prance an anonymous Black him or her around to announce the coming of the Prince of Peace.
06 Jan 2010
This episode was played really well -- and played pretty close to the race line. Neither have iconic images as old as the archetypical bi-racial character in Imitation of Life, the 1959 classic with the tragic mulatto, nor has the sheer election of Barack Obama pressed Americans to tackle the race question head on. In the thick of those two eras stands a time when television seemed to have more gall around "difference".
06 Dec 2009
No, gays won’t have to march- there are plenty more ways for heroes to come out to battle. What if lynching had gone viral? Remember that Dr. King had no iPhone, hence the distance between Montgomery and Atlanta was enormous, but dwarfed by now the Internet (not to mention I-85).
28 Nov 2009
“He’s the most influential rapper in the world. If anyone can change young black men’s attitudes about marriage, all fingers point to Hov,” charges Jozen Cummings on The Root.com, a candy store for the politicized hip-hop junkie.
16 Nov 2009
Forced retirement is a lot better off than the dishonorable discharge many face under DADT, and the gap in pay and benefits is huge.
26 Oct 2009
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