The name of this blog is taken from Talib Kweli’s second album and song “The Beautiful Struggle”, which was inspired by the words of Martin Luther King Jr. delivered in a speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam”. I am Tianna Paschel and I like to think of myself as a professional book reader, writer, teacher, dancer and activist. I’m originally from Flint, Michigan, though I grew up mostly in Northern California and am currently based in Chicago. This blog is my (perhaps futile) attempt to be a public intellectual as I’m not entirely convinced that such a thing is even possible. I will use this space to share my own thoughts, insights from the courses I teach at the University of Chicago, as well as information on cultural/political events related to the African Diaspora in the Americas… from Chicago to São Paulo to La Toma.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Life is a beautiful struggle. – Talib Kweli

Excerpt from the song “Beautiful Struggle” 

Yo, I heard it’s said the revolution won’t be televised

But in the land of milk and honey there’s a date you gotta sell it by

Otherwise it just expires and spoils
And these folks jump out the pot when the water too hot
Cause the fire boils inside
You go to church to find you some religion
And all you hear is connivin’ and gossip and contradiction and
You try to vote and participate in the government
And the ****** Democrats is actin’ like Republicans
You join an organization that know black history
But ask them how they plan to make money and it’s a mystery
Lookin’ for the remedy but you can’t see what’s hurtin’ you
The revolution’s here, the revolution is personal


*You can also visit me at www.tiannapaschel.com*


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s