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Michigan in Color: Speakin' Black ain't easy

BY TRAVON J. JEFFERSON

Black English Vernacular, is not stupid, it’s not a dysfunctional piece of English, and it’s a dialect that has developed a complex system of rules and syntax.

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Michigan in Color: I like your hair

Illustration by Teresa Mathew and Keyana Thompson-Shaw

BY MICHAEL OLABISI

I like your hair
It kinks and curls like something burned
In the tropical fires of ages
It dances in circles
Like lazy days by the river
It sizzles like rage untapped
Your skin is brown
Sapodilla, corn sheaves, earth, shades
Of lions on savannas at sundown
Your eyes, the whites of your eyes
Dance in the beauty of a contrast
Supreme against your skin
Your hands draw

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Queer in Action: The oppressive pressures of the heteromold

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

I was pushed into the heteromold — the institutional and self-policed mold we use to cast every boy into this identity. My peers, and even adults, pressed with varying degrees of pressure against my bones to fit me into the cast.

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Viewpoint: Roe v. Wade anniversary

BY CLAIRE TAIGMAN

It is clear that the work of activists in reproductive freedom is as important now as ever.

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Queer in Action: LGBT A-Z dictionary

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

Welcome to Queer in Action’s “LGBT A-Z Dictionary.” We’re very excited to create this reference point for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of a term or concept related to sexuality and gender.
This section is divided into three sections: relevant concepts, sexuality-related terms and gender-related terms.

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Coming out: Q&A's first Q&A

BY MICHAEL SCHRAMM

Q&A, shorthand for Queer in Action, is The Michigan Daily’s first section devoted exclusively to members of the LGBTQ community.

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Michigan in Color: A high top fade

Photo courtesy of Michael Chrzan

BY MICHAEL CHRZAN

While neither of us — me or my hair — has it figured out yet, trying to untangle an identity wrapped up in conflict and warring sides compressed into one person will be a lifelong journey I know I will enjoy, even as my comb gets caught through a couple of naps up top.

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