A Crown of Violets

Crowns of violets and roses*you wore beside me.*Many ritual garlands coiled around your tender throat*made of flowers***in full bloom –Sappho When I was in high school, I attended an all-girl, pronominally black catholic private school that was found to help educate black girls by nuns. A memory that still resonates with me was the expulsionContinue reading “A Crown of Violets”

The Black Athlete and Activism

August 26, 2016, was the perfect day for football in Santa Clara, California. Sunny skies as far as the eyes were over Levi Stadium while excited football fans packed into their seats to watch The Green Bay Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason match-up. As the National Anthem played in theContinue reading “The Black Athlete and Activism”

Staying in a Child’s Place

“Jessica, don’t crack your knuckles. do want to have man hands when your fiancé gives you your ring”.  This is a direct quote that my mother told me for years when I was growing up. For my mom being feminine was the only way for a female to present themselves. I can remember with perfectContinue reading “Staying in a Child’s Place”

Black and Proud in Print

When I first started my academic career at UNT I knew exactly what I wanted to be, an amazing journalist and later an editor-in-chief of a publication. I would have groundbreaking interviews and exposes while wearing the most wardrobe that would make Olivia Pope jealous. Unfortunately, childhood fantasies gave way to harsh realities and IContinue reading “Black and Proud in Print”

Stereotypes and Biases: can’t live with them, can’t live without them

Yesterday, after I spent a week working 40 hours and completing hours of homework I decided to treat myself to a couple of episodes of my favorite tv show, The Office. I have watched this series in its entirety at least 4 times. One of my favorite episodes is Diversity Day. In the episode, theContinue reading “Stereotypes and Biases: can’t live with them, can’t live without them”

First Day for the (almost) Last Time

Welcome to the University of North Texas for Fall 2021! After a year and a half of Covid shrinking my world to only 5 miles, In-person classes are back in session at UNT. I have to admit that I am very nervous, mostly because no one knows how long this normality will last with theContinue reading “First Day for the (almost) Last Time”