Events

The Importance of Joining my BSU While Studying at a PWI

What my BSU gave me at my PWI: Five Essential C’s Attending the University of Washington, a predominantly white institution (PWI) can be a draining experience, especially socially which can affect us academically, emotionally and even physically. I’d always dreamed of graduating high school and going to Spelman College, but my father (footing the bill for my degree) decided investing…

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Sermons, Social Policy

Black and Woke and Christian? Revolutionary and Christ Following

Being revolutionary and spiritually aware are not mutually exclusive. I’ve had people ask me how I could be a revolutionary while also practicing Christianity, the “white mans” religion. In response, t I want to address the idea that Christianity is a “white man’s” religion because it is not. The Bible was not written by white people, the people in the…

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Social Policy

Juneteenth vs July 4th

Are you celebrating June 19th or July 4th? It completely depends on your definition of “free” July 4, 1776 not only was I not considered a citizen, I wasn’t considered human. My people were property to be bought and sold while those who were considered citizens celebrated their independence from their captive in England. Their independence rested on the backs…

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Social Policy

A Letter to Juvenile Detention

The underground secluded town With a lack of sunlit windows Give you away You can never trick me With the fancy vocabulary and complex wordplay Although they guard and demean Those uniformed people with the rings of keys Sure I’ll call them “staff” Because I guess they are employees The 4 sided cell With the metal toilet and sink Hold…

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Events, Social Policy

Being A Young Black Volunteer in a Black Overrepresented Juvenile Detention

When I first saw the listing for a poetry mentor in the King County Juvenile Detention Center it was on my university’s career newsletter. I was working on campus as a Conference Assistant at the time and while sitting at the community center’s front desk I thought the volunteer opportunity was a dream come true. Knowing that this temporary employment…

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