This site offers an eclectic range of personal, reflective,and expository essays on subjects of interest to students of African-American culture:

politics, law, history and psychology, and liberation theology, based on traditional  African religious perspectives. Alashe (one who has "ashe") Michael Oshoosi (Ph.D., J.D.)**has formal training in these subjects. And, hailing from one of the oldest African-American families in the United States he, as a committed  socialist and liberation theologist, opines on

topics of public concern with these aspirational values in mind.

     

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*ALL STORIES, ESSAYS, TREATISES AND PICTURES OF THE AUTHOR IN THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHTED

                                    BY MICHAEL OSHOOSI.   © Registered, 2015,   ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.    

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  ** "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."

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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 IS 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  ONLY THEN FOR PRACTICAL, NOT POLITICAL, REASONS.                     

                                   Photo Credit to Jason Javier