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  • A Review with Some Lemonade (5/2/2016) - “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” – Malcolm X Let me start off by saying I’ve never been apart of the beehive so please don’t hold me to their standards. I’ve […]
  • I’ll Be Missing You (5/2/2016) - I grew up immolating Lil Kim. I loved her even before I was old enough to understand why I did. My mother tells stories of young me gawking at Lil Kim posters with her legs spread eagle in awe. As much as she tried to pull me away and shield me, I’d find a way […]
  • #NotAllWomynWearHeels (4/27/2016) - Let’s Talk Gender identity   Over the past few months, it has become a thing for people to refer to me as a man/boy anytime they see me in a hoodie, sweatpants, snapback, or fitted hat. Anytime I am not in makeup and lipstick suddenly my femininity isn’t something visible enough for me to still […]
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns: Book Review (4/25/2016) - A Thousand Splendid Suns is a narrative of two women, Mariam and Laila. The narratives parallel and highlight the struggles they faced as women in Afghanistan. Author, Khaled Hosseini makes the tragedies of war we hear about relatable as he personalizes the story and highlights how war and poverty affect innocent people. His novel paints […]
  • Crafting A Writing Career Through Social Media? (4/21/2016) - In this day and age where everything is digital many writers are making names for themselves by having their own blogs. With more than 133 million blogs in operation, mainstream print and broadcast media accepts blogs as a professional form of writing.   Blogs encourage dialogue amongst publics and provide a space for individuals to […]
  • The Politics of Race at DelVal (4/21/2016) - When people talk about systematic and institutionalized racism it is often vague in ways we can’t pinpoint. We are just overtly aware that there is system in place that consistently makes it harder for people of color. This year I became President of the Black Student Union (BSU) and everything we tried to accomplish has been met with […]
  • It’s A Hard-Knock Life for Us (3/21/2016) - There’s a special kind of stress reserved solely for the graduate school process. If not simply for the fact that someone somewhere about four years ago told you when you were applying for college and studying for the SATs that you’d never have to go through this again. They just lied. Or rather you’ve learned […]
  • This Weekend at DelVal (3/16/2016) - All Week! Black Wax Museum Trip Sign-ups Sponsored by Students for Diversity If you are interested in going, please email Ryan at owensre7878@delval.edu by 1:00 PM on Wednesday Trip is on Sunday, March 20 The museum is located in Baltimore and the bus will leave from Security at 9:30 AM     Thursday, March 17   Come support DelVal’s Softball team […]
  • If It Ain’t About The Money (3/16/2016) - I’ve always been an involved student. Over my years at Delval my level of involvement in student activities has varied mostly due to difficulties that come with being an involved student. My freshman and sophomore years here I was involved in multiple clubs. I was even an Orientation Leader and Rambassador. I have worked in […]
  • Although We’ve Come To the End of the Road (3/16/2016) - This week I had to opportunity to have a conversation an old friend and fellow senior at Delval, Vanessa Rodriguez. During this we discussed our journeys at Delval. As a senior she is now the Vice President of Students for Diversity and graduating with a degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management, with promises of a […]
  • I Gotta Make This Song Cry (2/29/2016) -       Since high school Jodi Picoult has been one of my favorite writers. I have read every book she’s had published. I also revisit them. One of her first novels Songs of a Humpback Whale has always been particularly special to me. This year I chose to revisit it and found that I […]
  • You Can Pay For School, but You Can’t Buy Class (2/24/2016) - In our American literature two class we began the semester with Mark Twain’s “Puddnhead”, which covers themes of colorism in slavery. During our conversations around this work we examined the Mississippi Black Codes. In our discussion of the Mississippi Black Codes we made broader connections to a systematic problem of racism in America. The black […]
  • Would You Love Me If I Was Anyone but Who I Am? (2/18/2016) - In my last post, I discussed the mental health crisis on college campuses. After reviewing the post I felt that the illnesses themselves deserved further explanation. One of the major issues fueling these global mental health issues is a lack of understanding of some of the more prominent mental illnesses  such as anxiety disorders, depression and […]
  • You Ain’t Crazy, You Just Afraid To Change (2/15/2016) - Dealing with mental health as a student can sometimes feel like that hardest thing there is. We are given excused absences for sports and understanding for family emergencies but there is very little awareness and sympathy around students who are navigating academia with depression and anxiety disorders. The number of students dealing with serious mental […]
  • Damn, Academia Wanna Stick Us for Our Paper (2/11/2016) - As everyone becomes acclimated to the spring semester, many students are coming to terms with and accepting the fact that they may not be graduating on time. For some, this has been a lingering after thought for many semesters while others are just realizing their degrees are going to require more time. Despite the disappointment […]