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Aishamanne Williams

Op-ed

Privilege of Social Justice Access: The Flaws of Modern Activism

In Michael B. Jordan’s interview with Vanity Fair for their November 2018 edition, he claimed that it’s difficult for people to think beyond slavery when they look at Black people because “we don’t have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore.” His statements seemed to come from a place of good intentions, and his point was about getting more Black people’s stories to be told in Hollywood, but the delivery of his message was lost on

Race

I Don’t Want To Attend A College That Owned Slaves — A Black Girl’s College Anxiety

So finally, it has arrived. The famous senior year. This is the time of my life when I’m supposed to make “unforgettable memories,” the time I’m supposed to explore everything and do everything while I still have the chance, the time I’m supposed to wistfully look back on years from now as I recall the people I knew and person I once was. The year that is the culmination of the supposed “best  years of

Race

Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert Celebration Continues to Struggle with Crime

Brooklyn has long been a center for Caribbean/West Indian culture. Of all five New York City boroughs, Brooklyn has the highest concentration of immigrants from Caribbean islands. This rich Afro-Caribbean culture is expressed every year on Labor Day when between one and three million people come to the Eastern Parkway-Crown Heights area to celebrate in the West Indian Carnival. The carnival, which began in Harlem before moving to Crown Heights, has been taking place for

Race

Being Black Is Not A Singular Experience

I’ve been in predominantly black spaces all my life. I go to a predominantly black school in a predominantly black neighborhood and come home to my all-black family. One might think this lack of “diversity” in my life deprives me of exposure to different perspectives. But this assumption fails to accurately capture my experience with blackness — namely, that every black person with whom I interact has had their own unique experiences, the influence of

Op-ed

Unrequited Love: A Black Girl’s Experience

Black girls and women have been dealing with a unique problem for a long time.  At least for the majority of my life, and the lives of the women I’ve been surrounded by, black girls have been giving more than we’ve been getting. We give love and adoration to black boys. We grow up, for the most part, with black boys playing ball in our neighborhood parks, sitting in front of us in school, and

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