Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:25pm

Slaves fought in the civil war

picked cotton in the fields

America, YIELD


taken from Africa

not accepted in America


Still a slave in 2017

Enslaved mentally

Still beaten physically

Physically by the police

By the way

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:59pm

A few days ago, here at the University of Michigan, undergraduate computer science and electrical engineering students received a series of malicious emails that threatened the safety and lives of our African American and Jewish friends. These emails are still stirring the campus and our surrounding community, for they have provoked our deepest sentiments and worries. We call this place our hoMe, but yet there still seems to be a great threat of disconnection and separation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:01pm

President Donald Trump’s executive ban on visas from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was recently suspended by a federal judge, which is in effect nationwide — though it is currently being appealed. As the ban comes to a standstill, uncertainty about the treatment of immigrants, Muslims and green-card holders by the United States still hangs in the air.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:11pm

Dear America,


Here’s a bedtime story

it’ll make the 10 o’clock news but not the history books

teachers won’t even mention it or take a second look 

Once upon a time, not long ago 

the moonlight lit the streets

not in Detroit but in Ohio,

New Jersey, Alabama, all the way in


Ever since a Black boy was born 

on his forehead read 


and he better not drive better yet walk the streets alone at night.

America the land of the free, laughs


Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 5:42pm

In the winter of 2007, 10-year-old me bitterly watched then-Senator Barack Obama announce his bid for the presidency from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. As I sat on my grandmother’s bed, arms folded, I lamented, “He is going to take my job! I want to be the first Black president!” She rubbed my back and with a smile said, “He might actually win, and it would be good for us.” I grimaced. “But don’t worry, you can be the second Black president.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 5:44pm

Last Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order inappropriately titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Ostensibly, the goal was to limit immigration from countries that the Trump administration deemed high-risk for terrorism in the United States. We, along with millions of other Americans and concerned people around the world, denounce the move as inhumane, devoid of empathy and simply un-American.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:53pm
And yet we bleed the same and share the same parts
but privilege is your name while mine is Black like the galaxy. And you
have connotations like beach white or innocence and I can’t even find
the proper name to represent me. And yet I smile through day and night
while my grass is high and my smile lights, the blocks because where
I come from there are no street lights. We are vastly different yet the same
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:12pm
Dr. Ijaz receives her award for Woman of the Year

We sat in her hospital room, just my granny and me, as she told me about her solar technology patent. The topic transported her mind from her blue gown lit by fluorescent lighting to her classroom at Virginia Tech. A well-prepared lecture evolved out of her weak speech as my visitor’s chair turned into a desk. Like a song from her childhood, she rhythmically told me about sputtering techniques and thin film solar converters.

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 8:59pm
From left to right: Keilah Dos Santos '19, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni ‘93, Turner Destané '19, Halimat Olaniyan '19

Lately I have been thinking about race more than usual. As a dark, African-American woman, it is difficult not to think about my race. I am constantly aware of my complexion. I do not have the privilege of being a lighter skin tone, blending in or choosing which community to belong to. The choice had been made for me long before I was even born.