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Welcome to my Launch page! I’m Hal H.Harris, a small-time writer trying to make it to the medium-time (get it?) and the finalist in the Work category for the first Medium Creators Challenge. I write to explore Black personhood. How do Black people live and love in the West, a…

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On Rihanna being bred every year, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Travis Scott, and Blackness.

This week, Rihanna was honored as the first hero of the world’s newest republic, Barbados.

Days later, the Internet swilled with the latest rumors regarding her uterus. Many gossip sites speculated that Rihanna was pregnant with a possible lovechild from her latest paramour, Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky. Riri was quick…

Community is the superpower of Black personhood that White supremacy can never access. We need to lean into it.

I woke up at 5:30 this morning to see my favorite hellsite transmitting White supremacist trash.

Twitter Spaces was hosting a room called “Are there too many Black women in public?” The host was White. I was on the shitter. At the time I took a snapshot of the room…

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On omicron, dog-whistling, a writer’s community, and Blackness.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the world learned of the latest COVID-19 variant. Like a bad episode of Loki, we learned that South Africa detected omicron, a new version of the virus with many mutations.

Bloomberg reported that omicron emerged possibly “during a chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in…

They want to renovate. Their political opponents want to burn it all down. Black personhood seeks a lonelier, separate, braver path.

Barack Obama has spent his post-presidential years bonding with his new bestie.

At Michelle’s urging, the former president has spent the last few years deepening his relationship with Bruce Springsteen, an aging rock star and the living saint of New Jersey. They both saw the outsider in each other. …

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On Zion Williamson’s body, Black mayors, white folks in hip-hop, and Blackness.

The sports world went ablaze when the New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson came into training camp heavier after recovering from a broken foot and surgery:

Williamson was 2019’s top draft pick due to both his skills and his…

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On Ted Lasso and race, defeating a Kappa, Twitter Spaces, and Blackness.

I’ve recently submitted a commission concerning the racial politics of Ted Lasso. I chose to leave two sections of the piece on the drafting board that I want to expand upon here:

The first was Ted’s relationship with Dr. Sharon Fieldstone, the psychologist brought in to help individual team members…

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On acting white, prison abolitionism, haters, and Blackness.

I signed up for John McWhorter’s New York Times newsletter for the exercise. In creating my stories on Black personhood, I’ve always found it stimulating to engage with Black writers who posit contrarian views, especially if we share the same political identity that race is. I grew up reading Stanley…

Hal H. Harris

Black on both sides. Medium Writers Challenge Winner. The founder of Established in 1865. I Tweet @Established1865. E-mail is

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