Melanin in Milan: Finding My People Abroad

Being a Black student attending a predominantly white university, I’m used to being among a small handful of students of color within a student organization or the only Black person enrolled in a class. Within my academic specializations (Creative Writing and Opera Performance), there are even fewer Black students. Of course, I’ve been able to … Continue reading Melanin in Milan: Finding My People Abroad

[Donna] Summertime, and the Livin’ is [Not] Easy

A few weeks ago, my roommate and I went to a roller disco in downtown Boston (which I think is a hilarious oxymoron). The following is a list of things I associate with Boston: white people getting angry about taxes A “Massacre” where only five people died, but a Black guy was the first one … Continue reading [Donna] Summertime, and the Livin’ is [Not] Easy

Back on the Blog

For the past school year I’ve been working on a long essay (read: a 45-page and growing monster that could turn into a book, but who ACTUALLY knows?!) And after contemplating relationships, names, and identity for going on eight months now, here are four things I’ve taken away: 1) It’s okay to care… just know … Continue reading Back on the Blog

7 Kinds Of Street Harassment That Need To Stop

Catcalling is not a compliment. There... I said it. Throughout this summer, I've traveled more on my own than I have during any other time of my life... therefore I've received more catcalls than ever before. As a person struggling with body dysmorphia, catcalling is particularly difficult for me because I'm always anxious about my body … Continue reading 7 Kinds Of Street Harassment That Need To Stop

Book Reviews and Travel News!

A few weeks ago I spent a grand total of 42.5 hours commuting via Greyhound/Amtrak (so nearly two full days of becoming quasi friends with the person sitting next to me without ever learning their name and regretting not owning a travel pillow). But to be honest, it wasn’t that bad. I had TONS of books— … Continue reading Book Reviews and Travel News!

Ketchup Or Not To Ketchup: Thoughts From National Hot Dog Day

Imagine your ideal hot dog (for those of you who are anti-hot-dog, take this moment to reconsider your life decisions and work with me a little). A steaming dog with a perfectly taut casing filled with juicy goodness… nestled between a slightly toasted bun… covered with golden lines of mustard…perhaps topped with relish and onions … Continue reading Ketchup Or Not To Ketchup: Thoughts From National Hot Dog Day

So My Parent’s Celebrated Their Anniversary In Sin City

My parents are the best parents in the entire world. I know that may spark some debate, but it’s the truth. The only things on their level are perfectly ripe avocados on sale in the Mid West or finding any parking spot in a shopping mall on Black Friday... And today, July 11, 2017, marks … Continue reading So My Parent’s Celebrated Their Anniversary In Sin City