Category: Spring 2021 Digital Release

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Zaria Johnson Comments: 0

Kuumba: Garmai Zayzay Awarded Spring 2021 Featured Creative

Philadelphia native and Kent State Freshman Garmai Zayzay grew up creating unique designs and coordinating her own outfits, almost as if she was born with a passion for everything fashion. Inspired by bold patterns and colors of traditional African prints and fabrics, the self-taught fashion design major recreated this two-piece look based only off a photo of an original design by @laviebyck posted to Instagram. “Sometimes I take inspiration from…

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Julia Duanetto De Sousa Comments: 0

Afro-Latinx Figures Everyone Should Know

We are not alone, as we stand on the shoulders of giants. They paved the ways we now walk. Those who came before us and now left their legacy for us to carry on. Those who have done the work and those who have represented us. We stand collectively to achieve great things and for us to leave our legacy. To this generation of Latinx youth and others who are…

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Zaria Johnson Comments: 0

Life After Black Squares: Black Fashion Students’ Outlook on Racism in the Industry

Red carpets, runway shows and dress up with his mom are all it took for John Harris to fall in love with fashion. Inspired by the way clothing allowed celebrities — and his mother — to transform, Harris applied to Kent State’s School of Fashion in 2017. Now a junior fashion student, he’s worked as a style director for A Magazine and other student-led fashion productions on campus. These roles…

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Hannah Davis Comments: 0

How TikTok Contributes to the Obscurity of Black Creatives

Tiktok is the latest social media app that’s captured Americans’ time and attention with over one billion users worldwide. One feature that distinguishes TikTok from other social media apps is its algorithm.  TikTok’s unique algorithm grants users the ability to set new trends and create a whole new subculture online. However, it also serves as a contributor to censorship and the erasure of the legacy of people of color in…

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Maya Little Comments: 0

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable: The Man Who Built Chicago

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was a Black pioneer, trader, and founder of the settlement that later became the city of Chicago. Born in Saint-Marc, Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti, DuSable established a trade route along the Chicago River, which encouraged many others to follow and settle in Chicago. Though he died in 1818, his pioneer spirit is remembered fondly by many Chicagoans today. In 1920 a bridge was constructed over…

Posted on: April 30, 2021 Posted by: Toni Hunt Comments: 0

Staff Picks Playlist

This spring, the UHURU staff was inspired to create a playlist filled with songs that represent legacy in some form. This could be songs by artists who have established legacies, songs that have created their own legacy in social movements and on social media, or songs with more of a personal legay, such as our personal hype songs or motivation anthems. Please enjoy listening to what legacy means to us.