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Learning to connect with ancestral cultures

I carried Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” with me to South Africa to cope with blackness in a continent that is considered home even though I have never been here before. When I look around, I see the familiar physical characteristics that make me black on others: dark pigment, coarse hair and big lips. I had […]

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Anxiety is the new boredom

Recently, I read a New York Times opinion piece titled “Let Children Get Bored Again: Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.” The piece laments that kids these days no longer make their own fun, that now “every spare moment is to be optimized, maximized, driven to […]

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Sophomore slump proves our empathy

Not long ago I noticed an odd mood hanging over my thoughts as I walked around campus. Now, I’m a sophomore, so I thought to myself, “oh, damn, it must be the infamous sophomore slump, right?” That period of numbness in the center of the college experience that kills passions and triggers transfers. But I’m […]

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Reparations are about community

There are a lot of things I could talk about regarding Black History. I could talk about the current state of the country and how the president is inciting violence with his rallies. I could discuss Colin Kaepernick’s efforts to bring attention to the current injustices in the world. There are plenty of things about […]

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Learning the value of every emotion

A few weeks ago I was standing in my aunt and uncle’s kitchen, swaying my hips as I held a tiny infant to my chest — her little sighs leaving warm puffs of air on my collarbone — and I suddenly realized that if there was anything in the world I wanted to teach her, […]

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Black History celebrates black pride

I should be quick in my response to this prompt, however I find myself filled with a sense of grief that I don’t know what the right response is.  Before I speak on Black History Month, it is imperative that I define what black history is in itself. The reality is that there is no […]

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