Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, disabled cyclist. Photo Credit: Howard Lipin PHOTO: Yeboah stands at the side of a road with his bike raised in one hand while he poses, smiling with a helmet on. He is wearing a black and white track uniform with the colors of the Ghanian flag accentuating it.

This is the third volume of this series on #BlackDisabilityHistory that I’ve written. As part of my philosophy, it won’t be the end of my search for more information on Black and Disabled as well as Neurodiverse people, both in the past and contemporaneously. There is a wealth of African-American…


Rob Kim/GC Images/Getty PHOTO: A group of people are protesting, holding up Puerto Rican flags and wearing similar attire. One holds a sign that says “4,645 LIVES LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN” on it.

A lot’s happened in the past few days, including a reunion with my Guillermo over the phone for the first time since we’d spoken about him contracting C-19. There was me being added to a new publication unexpectedly and being fortunate to have some of my less ratchet work…


Michael Hickson, smiling while hospitalized. Image credit: KVUE

I sat inside [another] sterile, yet humid hospital room many years ago in Georgia. My Wilbur, as well as my Rosa and my Jennifer alongside my and other family, were present. …


Florence Flo Jo Griffith-Joyner stares at the camera, smiling and showing off her colorful long, red nails. She has an Afro
Flo Jo showing off her jewelry, her long, red six-inch nails, while wearing a USA tracksuit and sporting an Afro.

This is the second volume of the series I started on the subject of Disability and its relationship with the History, Narrative, and Memory of Blackness. I’ve spent much time scouring for additional entries to feature in this series, but it’s far from complete. The method to my process requires…


Photo credit: HolLynn D’Lil. Bradley Lomax and Judith Heumann are both seated in wheelchairs. Bradley was a Black Panther with MS and disability rights activist.

I’ve spent much of my life in my formative years seeking to uncover more about the ways that Blackness and Disability intersect, but often found myself surrounded by nothing but elaborate stories of Blackness, undeniably-wonderful, but all able-bodied. …


The past weeks have been rather tumultuous. News broke about a Black mother, Diane Elliot, leaving her nonverbal, disabled son at a hospital and later being arrested for it. Despite initially being vilified by the public, many now have reached out in support of her and her family. This includes…


Navigating my disabilities and the expectations of people who knew me before my diagnosis

Photo: PeopleImages/Getty Images

I sat inside a sterile white hospital office and recounted my progress since my last doctor’s appointment. A woman whom I love more than anything sat across from me. We’ll call her Azucar. My Dr. Sama neurologist I’ve known for more than a decade now, sat quietly at…


Facing a different kind of giant this time.


A Depressed Family’s Portrait, Vol. 4, by moi

I’m finally able to travel places and engage in much that I wasn’t able before, largely due to advances in medicine and physical therapy. Yet, my illness still leaves me helpless whenever I have an episode, often vomiting, too dizzy to walk, and incredibly-sensitive to any sounds I may hear…


“Only crime is being Black in America.” Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

The .00000000001% of people who read the ratchet-ass, depressing-ass rants that I post know about some of the things I deal with health-wise. I don’t want your pity though, and I make a habit of stressing this with those I meet in public. People often hear me relay my misadventures…

Mwatuangi

Afroboricua. Maorocoti. Unapologetic. Ratchet BIE. Me. Disability and Mental Health Awareness Advocate. Wakanda’s Chief Director of Accessibility Services.

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