Critical Race Theory

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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter demonstrations of 2020, many Americans wondered what we could do to heal our country. So, as anti-racism book recommendations circled the daily news, it was off to the bookstores to purchase Black literature. …


Just Another California Girl

As a curator of stories, I find it’s always best to start at the beginning… My parents kinda sorta met at a KFC, and I wondered, in one of the largest metropolitan locales in the world, how did two Black people meet at a KFC for…


A Poem for Black Graduates

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Ever wonder why we exist?

Blinded by brutality. Beaten black bodies. Bemused bursts of beautiful blackness. At some point in time, we need to remember that we are here.

But I was taught not to forget my history, for it will be repeated. And it…


The Whiteness of Oli London’s Korean Appropriation Racism

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In the remaining days of Pride Month, Oli London came out as non-binary Korean. After spending over $240,000 on plastic surgery to look like Korean pop star Jimin of the group BTS, London excitedly proclaims in their British accent that they are…


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The second time I attempted to watch Michaela Coel’s groundbreaking HBO show I May Destroy You, was the day they announced Bill Cosby’s release. Sexual assault trauma has this way of finding me in television shows, my Twitter feed, the tension that starts to become more prominent between my shoulder…


Why did they remove Latinx Family Diversity?

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There are many conversations surrounding colorism and anti-blackness in In the Heights. For those of us who loved the original source material, it is also severely lacking in the diversity of the Latinx family. …


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Somehow we survived the racial turmoil of 2020 and honestly, I’m tired of “white allies.” I’m tired of the “I’m listening” as they grab the microphone and somehow make the problems experienced by the Black community about them. I’m talking about the ones that have to assert that they’re an…

Maya L, M.A.

I explore the intersectionality of race and culture from a humanistic lens. Host of The Renegade Professor Podcast.

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