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A writer and singer-songwriter centered around perspective and diversity. Words found on Medium’s Level and Index. Follow me @JoshuaDairen on Twitter and IG.

The enemy to those who want unmitigated power isn’t foreign, it’s Black votes that keep true democracy alive

If the love of money is the root of all evil, then the lust for power must be something far more heinous.

We watched for months as a former president lauded unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Months. With not a shred of evidence, we saw people rally behind what was clearly an attempt at a power grab.

The target of attack? Black voting precincts across the country, with Georgia being the center of controversy because record numbers of Black people showed up and showed out. …

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Words are never going to be able to save lives the way legislation can

I grew up in the sweltering heat of Alabama. Not in the city either. I’m talking about the country. So if there is one thing that I know more than anything else, it’s guns. At a ripe, young age, I had a rifle in my hand, I was wearing camo and orange, and hanging out in tree stands with my stepfather searching for the next prize buck that we could turn into deer sausage.

I had the time of my life. I learned gun safety. We’d go to our 100+ acre field and I’d shoot at cans with my cousins…

Minorities can only do so much — we will continue to see racism and hate crimes grow if they majority refuses to step up

At some point, the United States is going to have to demand tough consequences for White nationalism, rage, and supremacy.

There should be hard consequences for those who encourage and enable it with their words. It has and always will be more than just rhetoric. It continues to get people killed and it continues to stand in the way of justice being equitably served.

More than anything, there needs to be even harder consequences on those who take those words and act on them.

And here we are, at another standstill trying to figure out how to process another racially-motivated…

I left the South not thinking I’d miss the place that helped shape who I am

I moved to Colorado and I told everyone that I couldn’t wait to get away. Maybe it’s the politics or the heat. Okay, it’s probably the heat, but after living in the South and seeing what else the country had to offer, there was a little voice in the back of my head that kept telling me it was time to pack up and leave.

My fiancèe found a job that she wanted and we did just that. We left and thought we wouldn’t look back.

I didn’t think that I’d get homesick, but I did, and it snuck up…

We may think we’re ready to go back into the world, but are we?

I sometimes think to myself that I can’t wait until we can get back to a place where going to a restaurant doesn’t feel like a life or death situation. When you’re stuck inside, you have so much more time to fantasize about what life will be like when we get the chance to safely go to concerts, Top Golf, and travel again without being stuck wearing masks.

It’s been a year since the Covid-19 pandemic forced millions of Americans into lockdown. At first it felt like no big deal. We believed we would easily find a solution that would…

We all need someone to talk to, but even more than that, we need someone who can help us in the process

I stared at my Zoom screen really wondering if I was going to be able to open up to a complete stranger about my life and my gripes. My therapist reassured me that everything was fine and we started our session. I never traditionally had a therapist unless you count my wife, my mom, or my close friends. I vented to them. They gave me the best advice that they could and I took it.

As good as that was in the short term, after sessions of spilling my guts to my therapist, I realized something. I had so many…

King James is the manifestation of king behavior — lighting the way for others to speak up, stand out, and do things that last

If you were to look at my social media profiles a decade ago, you’d be scratching your head as to why I’m writing about LeBron James now. I grew up a diehard Kobe fan and I mean it. If we were to go back 10 years, you’d see a teenage boy chomping at the bit to show everyone how superior Kobe Bryant was to everyone, especially LeBron. It was all fun and games, but really, there was no place for anyone besides Kobe in my conversations.

But something changed as I got older. I matured and I stopped seeing people…

Justice will be a right for everyone when accountability is an entity that holds the entire system accountable

I’ve been trying my best to write about other things besides being Black. Yes, it’s an important part of my existence, but there is so much more to me than that. However, I can’t just turn it off. I can’t not feel what I see and hear.

I’ve been told that I shouldn’t ever let myself be defined by my color, which is hard, because even if I don’t choose to be, I will be by others. So I embrace it.

This past year for me and so many others has been heavy in a way that we can’t simply…

Remember when being at the office was a “necessity” for productivity? That’s not the case anymore

I’ve always been jealous of the people who got to work remotely. I didn’t think it was all that special, mostly because I’ve been told that you have to be a regular fixture in the office to be productive. So when I got the chance, I was reluctant. There can be cases made about camaraderie and teamwork skills being lost while we are away in our own spaces and some people prefer to be within reaching distance to a colleague in a different department. I don’t, and it took 2020 for me to see what all the hype was about.

We’ve come along way from the food we used to ingest on the regular — but thank you for the memories anyways

Before I even start, you already have a running list of restaurants that have a foothold in your memories. You can literally taste their food despite having not stepped in any of these places in years. Some of them don’t even exist anymore, but when they did, business was booming. We packed them out and they felt like a real part of our yearly routine.

Sleep. Wake Up. Pencil in one of these places sometime during the month. Repeat.

Without a shadow of a doubt, there are some very fond reminders of the old days where we were arguably (and…

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