Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 3:34pm

As a kid, I soaked up television like a sponge. I spent a lot of time watching Nickelodeon, ("Spongebob" is the best show, don’t @ me), but don’t worry — I watched the educational PBS shows too. All media geared toward children is very fun and friendly, but as I got older and transitioned away from cartoons, the media started to feel more like it wanted to be my enemy instead of my friend. For the new target audience that I joined as I got older, the media’s focus on educational television was seemingly replaced by a hidden curriculum that I then learned and internalized.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:34pm

White girls sure love tofu.

They put it in quinoa bowls, in almond bowls and in Buddha bowls (a concept which I don’t understand — but that’s for another time), on their Instagram feeds topped off with a rustic-chic filter. It’s one of the new health guru staples — throw some tofu in, it’ll change your life. It’s so healthy, so simple, it’s amazing, it’s to die for.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:34pm

Over two centuries ago, the United States’ Founding Fathers convened in Philadelphia to lay out a framework for the budding nation. The result was the construction of our Constitution — the brainchild of many men, all with different philosophies and visions for the future of the nation. However, they shared a reservation for unrestrained dominion like that of the British monarch that once reigned over them.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 5:16pm

The year is 1619. Colonists in Jamestown referred to African slaves as n*****s.

The year is 2017. A white male refers to a Black University of Michigan student as a n*****.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:28pm

Starting this September, graduate students will be paid to help the University of Michigan implement various units’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plans. They will be compensated in a way that's never been done before: with full-tuition waivers, stipends that cover the cost of living and health insurance. This marks the first time that any university has provided union-level pay and benefits to students who do diversity work on campus, and it happened thanks to a campaign led by a multi-ethnic coalition of labor and racial justice activists.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:21pm
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Michigan in Color recently sat down to speak with Tyrice Grice Jr. — a resident of the Michigan Community Scholars Program and one of the students who was targeted in the act of vandalism and racism that happened this past Sunday. Through our dialogue with Tyrice, Michigan in Color was able to learn more about his own thoughts, reactions and opinions to the appalling display of hate in West Quadrangle Residence Hall.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:10pm

Ann Arbor is a bubble-community. A bubble community as in perfect-looking from the outside and the people on the inside keep to themselves. Most people living here seem to be nuclear families with white-collar jobs. When I was younger, I assumed the rest of America was pretty much just like Ann Arbor. On family vacations, my family would avoid any “dangerous” parts of cities, as if to shield me from the realities of the world. Not every place was like Ann Arbor. Detroit was always the place to avoid.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 6:26pm

On Sept. 17, 2017, three Black University of Michigan students were targeted with racially derogatory language in the form of defaced name tags on their dorm doors. This is not only a crime of vandalism, but also a hate crime carried out by those with access to our campus and residence halls, presumably underclassmen students. As we move into the third week of classes, we have already encountered deliberate racism via social media and now directly to students in their campus homes, a space where they should feel safe.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 1:28pm

I sip from a teacup at the dinner table, half listening to my family’s ear-splitting conversations — which, in our world, means light chitchat. My uncle and aunt are talking stocks. One cousin is showing us his dancing skills by flipping his sister over. My grandmother is putting salted fish down. On one end of the table, my older cousin has been roped into a conversation about a startup with my father.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:09pm
We love you, Demario!

If you attended first year orientation at the University of Michigan between 2013 and 2017, you know Demario Longmire. You may not have had the opportunity to meet him, be graced by his soul soothing voice or held in one of his pain-releasing embraces, but you remember him. Because Demario has the presence of no one you have met before. He seemed to glow on stage, emit an energy which made you feel, for a fleeting moment, that being at this school would be OK. Maybe even good. Tuesday night, I watched Demario perform at his second-to-last first-year orientation show.