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Black Literature

Black Literature in White Spaces: Gil Scott-Heron and Me

Throughout all my years of literary studies I had never been formally introduced to Black Literature until I chose to do so myself. In the spring of 2015 it was time to submit my idea for my Bachelor’s Dissertation. I’d already had a proposal for a creative writing option, featuring some of my poetry, rejected. […]

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Writing

Writing Is Hard Work

As I lazily rolled out of bed in a slightly dazed and confused mental state, I picked up my phone to look at the date of my last post. Almost three weeks ago. Disgusted, a familiar and annoying voice from inside begins to speak. Every morning I wake up, I have the same thought. “Am […]

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Special Delivery: The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Something out of the ordinary happened on Black Friday. I was actually in a shopping mall, shopping for something I needed. I had every intention of joining my friends at REI in “opting out” of the day after Thanksgiving spending frenzy, but there were a few critical items I needed for my next Joy Trip. […]

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Identity Personal Essay Writing

30 For 30: How Writing Changed the Gameplan

When I was seventeen, I already had a plan for the next twenty years of my life. There were goals I’d set for myself and being focused was mandatory in order to succeed in those objectives. Though I was young and mostly in the beginning stages of my knowledge, I had a strong sense of […]