The Non-linear Healing of Nyuma Waggeh

Vulnerability is unsettling and uneasy. There is a dam in your throat that stops the real feelings and issues to be said and the result is insatisfaction. In our society, it is normal and desirable to feel the best we can but the risk is never being able to clear the avoidance that piles up….

Making a ReLITerate World

Meeting at the Verbal Mayhem Grand Slam and becoming friends preparing for CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational), Dena Igusti and Marwa Adina had an idea and made it happen. Founding ReLITerate Word, a literary magazine of local poets, Dena and Marwa didn’t want to just give artists exposure, they wanted to give back. Dena…

Diversity in Media: The Story of Kimberly Hoyos

Today’s media has a representation problem, both in content and in the workforce. The media industry has always been a very white, male dominated field. Although women and minorities represent more than half of the nation’s population, they still struggle with equal and diverse representation in media. Gloria Steinem, a well-known feminist, journalist, and activist…

A New Kind of American

When he lost his native home, Oliver Hakizimana never stopped moving onward with life, rebuilding a new home in a foreign land. “Sorry that I’m a bit late, I had to get something to eat,” he said as he shuffled his bag containing a box of takeout food. Food is serious to Oliver Hakizimana and…

Shawn Crysis: Raw Expression… Unfiltered Progression

Minutes before his Unity Day performance, Shawn Lawson Jr. calmly awaits his turn. His relaxed presence makes it apparent that he has done this many times before as there isn’t a tense bone in his body. His natural control over the crowd makes way as the audience swiftly averts their attention as he captivates them…