Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 7:49pm
Jason at the Contemplative Court

My trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. was a poignant one. The visit started with an elevator ride down to the building’s lowest level. “1968” … “1954” … “1948” … “1865” — the years on the wall counted down as the elevator descended. I knew each year must’ve been picked for a significant event that occurred — the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1968 or the end of the Civil War in 1865 — but for many of the years (especially the older ones), I didn’t know what specifically was being referenced.

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 8:18pm
The author taking a picture of Barack Obama's portrait

I’m about as far from a fine arts critic as one can get. I don’t consume art and I definitely don’t study art. Whenever I go to art museums, I usually spend more time on the benches than looking at the art. For that reason, I was surprised by my sentimental reaction to President Barack Obama’s official Smithsonian portrait.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 6:59pm

When I joined Michigan in Color over one year ago, I wrote about my excitement to contribute to a space that allows people from marginalized communities to finally have a voice at an institution like The Michigan Daily. To me, this was and is necessary because I recognize the immense power that stories can have. And only by showcasing these stories can we move forward in bridging the divides on our campus. However, what I didn’t expect from this space was the personal growth I’ve had over the past 12 months.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:34pm

Imagine this: It’s a Sunday afternoon and you’re on your way home for the evening. To your annoyance, the route you normally take has more traffic than normal. Initially, the bumper-to-bumper backup is inching along, but it quickly grinds to a complete halt. After a while, you turn on the radio to find out what’s causing the holdup. Surprisingly, you learn it’s not due to an accident or overturned truck; it’s due to a protest organized against racism and discrimination. How would you respond?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 3:48pm

Believe it or not, we columnists have a topic we’re supposed to explore over the course of the semester. Perhaps harder to believe, my topic is not race relations on campus or the presidential election, but “the first-year experience.” So maybe it’s fitting that after a semester of not writing about my assigned topic, my final column of the semester is also not about the first-year experience, but about combating the dreaded sophomore slump.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 3:15pm

I’ll be honest: I think these next few years will probably be tough for people of marginalized identities. Many people in these groups, myself included, can only describe our expectations with one word: fear. Fear of the unknown, fear for our political system and, most of all, fear for my future as a young Black male in a country that more closely resembles the racist America I thought only existed in old photographs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 6:57pm

Last weekend, two of my friends from high school made the long drive to Ann Arbor from College Park, Maryland, to watch their Terrapins play in Michigan Stadium. The game went exactly as we expected, and we left around the end of the third quarter after it was more than apparent that Maryland’s 45-point deficit was insurmountable. As we filed out of the stadium, through the sea of 110,000-plus, maize-wearing, screaming fans, I couldn’t help but look back and admire.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:19pm

Last Saturday, Penn State University shocked the college football world with an improbable upset over Ohio State University in State College, Pa., the town popularly known as Happy Valley. Despite being 20-point underdogs, the Nittany Lions defeated the Buckeyes by a score of 24-21. To celebrate the unexpected — and, as many pundits are describing it, program-defining — win, students and fans took to the streets of State College to celebrate. However, it didn’t take long for celebrations to spiral out of hand.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 6:21pm

It’s often said that the worst thing about opinions is that everyone has them, and this election cycle has seemingly set out to prove this. On the campaign trail, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s divisive and dangerous rhetoric often makes it seem as though he’s attempting to alienate almost every potential voter before Nov. 8.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:54pm

My first visit to Ann Arbor was on April 4, 2015. Having recently been accepted to the University of Michigan, my family decided to drive around for a bit before checking into our hotel room to familiarize ourselves with the campus. As we drove down State Street, we noted how crowded the campus looked. As we turned down South U, we marveled at how beautiful, yet dirty, the Law Quad was. It wasn’t until we turned down Tappan Avenue that it hit us. “What’s that smell?” my grandma asked.