Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:47am

A headline from The Michigan Daily reads “Conservative commentator Steven Crowder critiques erasure of conservative voices on campus.” As a photographer for The Daily, my editor assigned me to cover a live taping of his show, Louder with Crowder, on Oct. 25 at the Power Center.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 6:41pm

No one ever returns from intimacy whole.

We always leave a part of ourselves


in the crux of another person’s history,

a bookend to their yesterday.


Here lies the flesh,

its youth pulled taut,


and here is the tongue which conquers it.

In my dreams, I am


Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:54pm
Our oppression isn't your creative tool

Almost a week ago, in an assignment for my screenwriting class, each student had to post two ideas and two comments on the class Canvas page for a short script that we hoped to write. My class is overwhelmingly white and male and so, just to shake the table a bit, I made one of my ideas the almost autobiographical tale of a burnt-out grad and her gay part-Black best friend. It would, I hoped, in an ambitious 10 pages, cover the questions of success, failure and identity, but frankly, aside from the extensiveness of the plot, I had doubts about posting the idea at all.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:50pm
Andhadhun movie poster

I’m not going to lie, I love Bollywood’s masala movies as much as the next person. But it wasn’t until I watched a non-commercial film that I realized how much my perception of the industry is shaped by those in power. I was just in India for a couple weeks and while I was there, I watched a movie that I had never heard of before: “AndhaDhun.” It didn’t feature any stars that I would consider big, yet the entire cast is very experienced and critically acclaimed.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 5:41pm

You’re American but you’re too Black.

You’re Black but you’re too African.

You’re African but you’re too dark.

I’m sick of being told what I am and what I am not.

You say I’m too much of that but not enough of this,

Just because my looks don’t fit your stereotyped definition of what I should be.

Who are you to tell me who I should be?

Whoever gave you the right to put me in a box, anyway?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 9:23pm

I saw this tweet today.

“a young Black man was LYNCHED. yes, in America. yes, in 2018. yes, for real. no, it wasn’t covered by the media. no, it’s not trending on Twitter. no, it wasn’t an accident. SAY HIS NAME: DANYE JONES. SAY HIS NAME: DANYE JONES. SAY HIS NAME: DANYE JONES.”

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 6:44pm
The author with Blair Imani and Ani Zonnevald

Muslims are constantly in the media but rarely for good reason. Muslims are often called terrorists or accused of oppressing women. They are rarely spoken of as regular people going about their daily lives.

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 6:08pm
Excerpt from piece

On Oct. 30, 2018, the Office of the President of the University of Michigan solicited a group of student leaders for a meeting. In my capacity as a communication liaison for the newly formed collective Direct Action for Palestine, which organized the graduate student letter which was presented to the Office of the President and Office of the Interim Dean of LSA, I was tasked with presenting the following list of demands to University President Mark Schlissel. Additionally, a copy of the demands was shared with E.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 7:30pm

The prosperity of the modern National Football League in the U.S. is aided by white supremacy, i.e., the marginalization, commoditization and exploitation of the Black body.

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 7:29pm

I was recently at an open mic night for LGBTQ folks to tell their coming out stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, for a predominately white institution like the University of Michigan, the speakers and audience were both of a surprisingly multiracial composition. This pleasant feeling was unfortunately soon to leave me. Speaker after speaker told their narratives, some of which were heart-wrenching, some of which were inspiring, most were both.