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  omo'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, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PICTURES OF THE AUTHOR IN THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHTED.  MICHAEL OSHOOSI.   © Registered, 2015,   ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.    

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 ** "ALASHE MICHAEL omo'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 REL- IGION--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 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.                     

                                   Photo Credit to Jason Javier

In Kemet (KMT--Egypt)

         Oshoosi  Artifact                           Oshoosi  Artifact 

     Oshogbo,Nigeria                               Ile Ife, Nigeria