"THE BLACK COMMODITY"

Published in Mercer Street Book of Essays 

Mercer Street is a collection of 34 essays written by students in  NYU's expository writing program. The essays are selected from over 400 submitted and over 8,000 essays written in the writing classes.

 

Original essay "The Black Commodity"​ published in Mercer Street. Selected as Editor's Choice.

In this essay from Soma (Summer) Okoye uses pop culture and media criticism to map processes of cultural appropriation, considering both sides of this very contemporary debate. From Basquiat to President Obama, she asks how systematic Othering and extraction can occur, and how black artists maneuver in this terrain and continue to make powerful art.

Erosion by Daniel Stewart