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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?

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 has had to make some adjustments in […]

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

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 student learning about these great figures and […]

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Misunderstandings About the Black Church

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 seems that historically, society and the media […]

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

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 me wondering, what is the proper answer […]

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

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. Not surprisingly, they found that a name […]

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The Myth of the Welfare Queen

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 an unnamed woman from the South Side […]

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Why is White the Norm?

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 tests to prove our inadequacy and incompetence. […]

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

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 established that we were both of one […]

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What Does it Really Mean to Be Black?

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 almost all white school system, the children […]

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How the Public School System is Failing America

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 major and Political Science minor, my main […]

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