zuri arman is a writer and PhD student in black studies. Their research and creative writing is currently interested in interrogating the function of religion within Western society and constructing a black philosophy of music. His work that can be found in Collision Literary Magazine, Alluvia Magazine, Rock the Bells Hip Hop Magazine, and in a forthcoming anthology on the topic of queer militance entitled Surviving the Future: Abolitionist Queer Strategies to be published by PM Press. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of (De)Cypher: Black Notes on Culture and Criticism (decypherednotes.com). arman is the descendant of sharecroppers, which informs his orientation towards his work and the world.