Category: Lifestyle

Posted on: July 11, 2018 Posted by: Mariah Hicks Comments: 0

Ode to My Soul: A Psalm of Praise for My Pieces

Photos by Candace Sanders I fear that I have wasted too much time not loving or wholly accepting myself. I have spent too many years dishonoring my pieces, sometimes knowingly, other times with an unconscious mind that was not aware of the damage it would cause my soul. In attempt to please everyone else, I found myself at the kitchen counter subtracting my truths and measuring in the right amount…

Posted on: July 10, 2018 Posted by: Administrator Comments: 0

What Does It Mean To Be Black And Queer?

  Jordin Manning, 20, They/Them Jordin is a third year sophomore at Kent State University studying psychology. They identify as Non-Binary & Sapphic and uses they/them pronouns. I chose Jordin for this interview because they have worked in the LGBTQ community since coming to Kent State. Altogether, Jordin has had positions in Threads, an organization that focuses on the intersection of being a queer person of color. They’ve also be…

Posted on: July 10, 2018 Posted by: Ife Okantah Comments: 0

Prozac For Breakfast

I was five years old when I first thought the world would be a better place without me. I was five years old when I decided that I did not want to be me anymore. I didn’t want the burden of being inside my own brain and I surely didn’t want anyone else to feel the burden of knowing me. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “As…

Posted on: July 10, 2018 Posted by: Sameera Bowles Comments: 0

The 21st Century Jezebel

Sex is okay! Better yet, it’s great and I’ve noticed that I get crazy looks when I say things like this in public. For some, the idea of a woman speaking so candidly about sex is taboo, but times are changing and what is socially acceptable changes by the day. Over the past few years, I have noticed a surge in the women I see owning their sexuality. In my…

Posted on: October 1, 2017 Posted by: Victoria Boon Comments: 0

Activism in Athletics

Over the years, activism has surfaced in music, movies, television and sports which are all still popular today, but recently, athletes have been more prominent with their activist ways, following the footsteps of their predecessors. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick began an athletic protest last year by choosing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, causing wild controversy in the media. Some see it as disrespectful…

Posted on: May 29, 2017 Posted by: Mariah Hicks Comments: 0

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 while, as the desire to embrace natural hair progresses and…

Posted on: May 29, 2017 Posted by: Tierra Thomas Comments: 0

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 a complete change from the girl they knew who was…

Posted on: April 14, 2017 Posted by: Tai Gomez Comments: 0

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 for me since I was young. However, looking back now,…

Posted on: February 7, 2017 Posted by: Brianna Robinson Comments: 0

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. Yes, it’s very complex.) This blerd hashtag was amazing to…