Halo Hafte Manifesto

Halo Hafte is political.

Halo Hafte is urgent.

Halo Hafte is feeling seen.

Halo Hafte is calling out bull.

Halo Hafte is refuge.

Halo Hafte is pure joy.

Halo Hafte is growing up on hip hop.

Halo Hafte is exercising softness.

Halo Hafte is knowing when to say no.

Halo Hafte is big hair.

Halo Hafte is sass.

Halo Hafte is belonging to multiple social spaces.

Halo Hafte is being a 1st generation college student.

Halo Hafte is mending holes in your pants.

Halo Hafte is taking two buses to work.

Halo Hafte is being a nerd.

Halo Hafte is collecting your coins.

Halo Hafte is an archive of culture, memory, and craft.

Halo Hafte is mapping your own design lineage.

Halo Hafte is poetic urban planning.

Halo Hafte is Arbaete Asmera.

Halo Hafte is giving a damn.

Halo Hafte is being an ally to your queer fam.

Halo Hafte is protecting black womxn.

Halo Hafte is earning your spot in the Side Eye Hall of Fame.

Halo Hafte is saying “I’m smart, I’m smart.”

Halo Hafte is knowing freedom is something you give.

Halo Hafte is permission to identify your rage.

Halo Hafte is channeling your anger to create a safer world for your community.

Halo Hafte is laughing at white people that think you are being divisive when all you tryna do is not be erased.

Halo Hafte is understanding the poetics of broken English.

Halo Hafte is drinking a latte like your African grandpa.

Halo Hafte is emotional intelligence.

Halo Hafte is a Yemane Barya love ballad.

Halo Hafte is laughing about the time you kissed a yt boy with a black girl fetish.

Halo Hafte is putting the men in your life on pause.

Halo Hafte is knowing that hating men and being a romantic are not mutually exclusive.

Halo Hafte is establishing healthy boundaries.

Halo Hafte is monitoring your emotional labor.

Halo Hafte is learning how to own your body.

Halo Hafte is gettin’ “head in a comfortable bed.”

Halo Hafte is making out in a teff field that white people from Berkeley haven’t “discovered” yet.

Halo Hafte is gossiping with your play cousins in a parked car.

Halo Hafte is calling your mom everyday.

Halo Hafte is how your aunty says hello my sister.

Halo Hafte is us.

Halo Hafte is me.