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Nappy vs. Natural: Perceptions of Natural Hair


The past few years have been a transition of store shelves filled with containers of “creamy crack,” to shelves loaded with a variety of products mimicking smells of tropical paradise, coconuts and fruit salad. This transition has shown the journey of many African-Americans returning to their roots by embracing their natural hair. This has been a trending topic for a…

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Illustration by Tai Gomez

Am I Invited to the Cookout?


  Being black and vegetarian can be something that inadvertently shuts you out of the black community. It doesn’t make you any less black, but it can make you feel a little less invited to the ‘Soul Food Sunday’ cookouts. When I decided to become a vegetarian, I was given strange looks from all of my family members. It was…

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A pastel sketch of musician, Yuna, by Tai Gomez.

My Color Does Not Define What My Hands Create


On the cover: a pastel sketch of musician, Yuna, by Tai Gomez.   You know that moment, that sudden “ah-ha” moment when you figure out what you’re meant to do in life, like a hobby that you loved as a child?  At some point, you came to find that it was more than just a hobby; that’s what art has been…

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Photo By Jermaine Jackson.

Growing Up A ‘Blerd’


  This past summer, social media was full of various trending topics like #growingupwithbraces, #growingupwithmyname and my favorite, #growingupblack. Interestingly enough, so many people found other people to identify with through their similar upbringings, which brought forth another super, awesome hashtag, #growingupablerd. (OK, so for those who do not know, a blerd is someone who is black and a nerd.…

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David Robinson Changes Lives With Community Development


David Robinson, son of legacy Major League Baseball player, Jackie Robinson, attended Kent State University to promote Sweet Unity Farms, his coffee business that promotes self-help, personal development and organization on the African continent. Accidentally running into David Robinson a day before our interview, I had the pleasure of formally introducing myself and sampling a cup of Sweet Unity Farms Vanilla…

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Campus Style Profiles


Fashion around Kent’s campus is incredible. This is obviously due to our incredibly successful fashion school. And many students treat our campus like the streets of New York. Many of our students have reasons as to why they need to dress to impress daily. Primarily, many of them choose to partake in self-expressionism. I recently got a chance to chat…

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Tips for Vegan And Vegetarian Students


Tips for Vegan And Vegetarian Students at Kent State: Plan ahead– do research, set your intentions for this lifestyle change, and pre-plan your meals. If you hop straight into it skipping only one of those three things, it’s likely to end pretty soon. So patiently plan ahead and stay committed! A lot of times you will have to pack your…

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A fully lit Kinara in celebration of Kwanzaa courtesy of Tumblr.

Kwanzaa and Its Importance in African Culture


Throughout my childhood years, I never understood why the school break in December transitioned from being called Christmas to winter break, and just assumed that because my family celebrated Christmas, every other family did as well. It wasn’t until I grew older that I was aware of families’ different religions, beliefs and practices. One of those practices is called Kwanzaa,…

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Color Blind Love


Although it has been forty-eight years since interracial marriage became legal throughout the United States, some interracial couples feel ostracized because of stereotypes that are still prevalent in today’s society. “I am used to the stares, the whispered comments and the awkward moments,” said Kent State sophomore Alex VanMeter. “My mom once asked me if I was going through a…

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Indulging in a meal that is good for the body and soul.
  
Photo courtesy of Rena Wilson.

Conscious Eating


Soon after graduating high school, I took it upon myself to navigate towards living a holistically healthier lifestyle. Learning that it takes a clean body to produce a clean mind and spirit, I began to realize just how important it is to eat healthy, especially as a young, Black college student. About a month into college, I quickly decided to…

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