Me Too

In the wake of actor Terry Crews coming forward about his sexual assault, I have begun to delve more thoughtfully on this idea of masculinity, and how I still possess some internalized discomfort with myself. I remember listening to his testimony, and feeling a sort of resonance that I haven’t quite felt before. To watch […]

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We’re Gonna Be Just Fine…

I got such a sudden rush of delight today. Best described as a “wave of calm”, it made me really consider just how precious it is to be present in this present moment. To feel each breath and really believe that everything is going to be okay. No stress. No fear. No sadness. The only […]

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Terms and Conditions: Blackness, More or Less

For some it feels as though being black in America comes with certain terms and conditions stemming from our need to belong. For others, it’s about defining blackness so that we can reclaim what was stolen as rightfully ours. To be black is a story that no one has read, but everyone’s heard. It’s contributors […]

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I am Keanu Jackson

Born January 11th, 1996 to the parents of Benella Dugan and Kenneth Jackson, I am someone’s first born and eldest child. I am someone who as a kid found a deep fascination with the world around him. Someone who was admittedly very shy, someone who was vulnerable, but was also someone who desired to learn […]

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An Education Worth Fighting For

I am sharing this story because I believe that everyone has the right to the chance of an education. A right to be relieved from remaining in a cycle that was created by a system not meant for them. I share this narrative because it is with each working cell in my body that I […]

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Nigger

used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a black person     a member of a class or group of people who are systematically subjected to discrimination and unfair treatment   A word used to dehumanize the antagonized, and to suppress any fathomable essence of success from the minds of those who need affirmation […]

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Word Block Ahead

Dealing with a stutter is something that has been very prevalent and personal to me. It at times brings up conversations I’d rather not have, but at other times allows me to open up about a side of myself I’ve kept hidden for so long. This is my chance to tell the story of my stutter, what it means, and how I’ll overcome.

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Skin tones

How do we go about embracing the earth’s natural grooves and textures? How can learn to use what was given to empower ourselves towards something greater? What does it mean to accept the skin you’re in?

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Spring tones

The turn of spring is traditionally used to symbolize the death of what’s old and the birth of what’s new. I, however, would like to view it as a continuation. Here’s to opportunity, sweet fragrance, and the warmth of cherished company. To laughter, experience, and the excitement of uncertainty. Although some petals have fallen, I […]

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To Love Yourself

On most nights, it’s never easy. After finally settling down after what you perceived to be an excellent day, you’re suddenly interrupted by a sinking feeling that’s all too familiar. It’s always subtle at first. A thought crosses your mind that you’re able to quickly dispel, but eventually the tugging feeling returns and for some […]

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