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I am a young writer and poet with the strong conviction that young people can and will change society to be a more fair and positive place. I aim to engage young people in the conversations we are often shut out of or choose to be absent from. My faith in young people sparks my creativity and energizes me to produce art that I hope will inspire other young people.

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Have Americans Lost Their Empathy in this Recession?

By aria 2:00 pm February 16, 2012 In today’s economy, it seems that everyone is struggling in some way – students are worried about loan debt, homeowners are worried about the value of their homes and everyone seems to be cutting back on some of the finer things in life. In considering that most everyone […]

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Do We Put Black Leaders on Too High of a Pedestal?

By aria 2:00 pm February 9, 2012 As it is Black History month, we are reminded of all of the great leaders our race boasts about: MLK, Malcolm X, WEB Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Barrack Obama, Ida B. Wells, and the list goes on. I can remember as a young […]

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Misunderstandings About the Black Church

By aria 2:00 pm February 2, 2012 I have found that one of the striking features society associates with black people is our religiosity. Now, being pious is usually associated with being good. Society assumes these people praise their God or higher being weekly, practice good morals, and read their holy text religiously. However, it […]

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What’s the proper resonse to, “Can I holla at you?”

By aria 2:00 pm January 26, 2012 I was walking down State Street yesterday during the afternoon and was happy to not be on the receiving end of the “can I holla at you” line. Unfortunately however, another girl was subject to the attention from three different guys in less than one block. It had […]

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What is the Effect of a “Black” Name in America?

By aria 2:00 pm January 19, 2012 I recently watched the documentary “Freakonomics” in which one of the topics they covered was the importance of names. The economists researched if there are certain names that can guarantee a child’s success or failure in life as well as the effect one’s name has on their personality. […]

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The Myth of the Welfare Queen

By aria 3:00 am January 12, 2012 I often find myself standing up for the “Welfare Queen”, a woman characterized by 8 children, lack of a job, and the manipulation to receive welfare payments. Republican model, Ronald Reagan, introduced the term Welfare Queen on a national level in 1976. In his presidential campaign, he described […]

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Why is White the Norm?

By aria 11:27 am January 4, 2012 Why is white the norm? Why do minorities represent the deviation? Well, the word minority should say it all, shouldn’t it? We are not the majority. We’re certainly not made to feel like the majority. We look at ourselves as different. In the past, there have been scientific […]

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A Look at Why Interracial Relationships are Expected to be Between Black Men and White Women

By aria 12:12 pm December 28, 2011 This week I was talking with another bi-racial woman about our backgrounds. When I explained that my mom is black but has some French and Cherokee roots as well, she stopped me and asked, “Oh, your mom is black?” At that point in the conversation it was already […]

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What Does it Really Mean to Be Black?

By aria 11:31 am December 21, 2011 All my life my friends always thought it was funny that I didn’t “act black, talk black or dress black”. I always found it funny they decided I should act a certain way based on my race. I heard those comments since I was about 8. In an […]

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How the Public School System is Failing America

By aria 11:37 am December 14, 2011 With my ongoing addiction to political documentaries, I watched “Waiting for Superman” on Monday night. While I realize I’m a little late in reviewing the movie, (it released in September of 2010), I can’t help but spread the knowledge I gained from the eye-opening film. As an English […]

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