This site offers an eclectic range of personal, reflective,and expository essays on subjects of interest to students of African-American culture:
its politics, law, history and psychology, and liberation theology, based on traditional African religious perspectives. Alashe (one who has the authority of "ashe") Michael Oshoosi (Ph.D., J.D.) has formal train- ing in these subjects.* And, hailing from one of the oldest African-Am- erican families in the United States he, as a committed socialist and liberation theologist, opines on topics of public concern with these as- pirational values in mind.
*ALL STORIES, ESSAYS, TREATISES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PICTURES OF THE AUTHOR IN THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHTED. MICHAEL OSHOOSI. © Registered, 2015, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
** "ALASHE MICHAEL OSHOOSI" IS NOT MY BIRTH NAME. IT WAS ADOPTED BY ME 30 YEARS AGO AS A PEN (I.E., AS A PRIESTLY AND PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL) NAME BECAUSE IT IS COMMON IN OUR RELIGION--YORUBA-IFA (OR THE SANTERIA/ LUCUMI VERSION OF IT)--TO ADOPT AS ONE'S LAST NAME THE NAME OF THE ORISHA THAT ONE HAS BEEN "CROWNED" WITH. IN MY CASE THIS WOULD BE THE ORISHA
"OSHOOSI" OR, IN CUBA, "OCHOSI."
IT IS A SIMILAR PRACTICE TO USING THE "X" THAT WAS DONE BY MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN BLACK
MUSLIM MOVEMENT (ESPECIALLY DURING ITS "1ST RESURRECTION" PERIOD ) TO HELP TO DISTINGUISH PERSONS AND NAMES FROM ONE ANOTHER WITHIN THE SAME MOSQUE BECAUSE ALL OF THESE MUS- LIMS OFFICIALLY REJECTED THE USE OF THEIR FORMER "SLAVE" (LAST) NAMES FOR POLITICAL AND PSY- CHOLOGICAL REASONS. FOR EXAMPLE ONE COULD FIND IN A MOSQUE A: "SAM 6x," OR A "MALCOLM X," OR A "JAMES 16 x" AND SO ON. WE OFTEN DO SO AS WELL; THOUGH QUITE INFORMALLY AND THEN ONLY FOR PRACTICAL, NOT POLITICAL, REASONS.