A poem on racial injustice in the U.S.

How can I mourn when everyone around me is laughing? How can I mourn when I am the only black person and everyone else is white surrounding me? How can they understand? I wanted to cry, but the room I was in was laughing. I wanted my tears to flow down my face for the … Continue reading

Make America Grate Again

Americans struggle to find common ground these days. But not with this. Over two-thirds of the population cannot digest a common household item—dairy.  The pandemic has made short-term health the forefront of conversations today. Yet, the long-term effects of agitated digestive systems wreak havoc on 68% of bodies worldwide, according to medlineplus.gov.  Those who are … Continue reading

It’s time to make time

Ever find yourself needing extra hours in the day? Begin the week already behind? Constantly feel overwhelmed? Then like me, you probably suffer from poor time-management skills and overachiever tendencies.  As Founding Father Benjamin Franklin stressed, “Do you love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” Every moment … Continue reading

The fight to smile

Do not allow other people’s ignorance to bring you down. Be of good courage. For no one truly knows you like God knows you.  The Bible mentions us as being part of His “inheritance” (Zephaniah 3:17) and His greatest “masterpiece” (Ephesians 2:10). What an honor bestowed by our God that He would have favor on … Continue reading

Burned out is an understatement

You’re sitting at your desk, shoulders hunched, neck aching. The sound of an Outlook notification hitting your phone or laptop can be enough to send a shudder down your spine. It is for me. You crave sleep, which shouldn’t even feel like a luxury, but has become the most sought-after activity.  We’re experiencing the telltale … Continue reading

How freeing is free speech?

In the aftermath of the recent 2020 election, President Trump was banned from social media platforms after years of controversy over his use of social media to share misleading content and inflame his millions of followers. This suppression of former President Trump’s speech on social media, and whether it is validated or not, is going … Continue reading

The filibuster: protecting or destroying democracy?

The Senate filibuster is currently up for debate.  The filibuster, which allows a congressperson the ability to delay and block debate and voting on a bill by any constructive means, is widely misunderstood regarding its historical and legislative effect.  President Biden’s stance remains largely status quo, getting him in trouble with civil rights groups.  “My … Continue reading

Q&A: How it feels to be the other

Waynesburg University Sociology Professor Abolade Ezekiel Olagoke has been in America for 27 years. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Wheaton College, Northern University of Denver and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an author of numerous publications regarding globalization, youth and religion, immigration and diasporic cultures.  Although his achievements are impressive, … Continue reading