If this name looks familiar, it’s because it is! I mentioned him in June during Men’s Month. His other super power is that he is a mental health professional. Follow him. It will bless you.
As problematic as The Clock App is, there are a handful of people that keep me on it. This one in particular is one of the accounts that I follow, that I stan, and that I learn from. Learn alot from, actually. I won’t lie to you, if I could design my ideal male activist–it would be Odi. Well-spoken, educated, knows how to code-switch with a vocabulary for Harlem or Harvard. But let me tell you why he is included twice.
On his platform he discussed the need for Black men to be vulnerable, why (and how) Black women need to listen to Black men more, why toxic masculinity is wrong, and how more Black people need to take care of their mental health.
Yes, a Black man holding space for Black women to be valued, vulnerable and accountable.
Yes, a Black man holding space for Black men to be valued, vulnerable and accountable.
I believe that one of the roles of an activist is to teach and impart. Through his scholarship, he readily reads trolls and the worshippers of white supremacy–with solid facts. He is a reminder that my Blackness is a superpower, and worthy of humanity. The work of reminding a community they have the right to be loved and cared for, the right to be seen, the right to demand what they need and give proof to why we need it–that is reminiscent of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Zora Neale Hurston said, “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” In the space he provides, he reminds the Black folk that follow him just how dynamic we are, the healing we need, and it is okay to rest every once in a while. Follow him and get your well filled.
Note: maybe if enough of us follow him he will drop the reading list and start a podcast.