Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:24pm

Second-class citizens

We cut and cut

And cut

Pieces of our dirty red flesh off

Sawing off the parts they don’t like —


Becoming enigmas

To ourselves

But familiar friends to them

We toil and toil,

Slowly chipping away at that

Frozen melting pot,

Only to find out

It was a salad bowl all along

And were meant to be



Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:43pm
Halimat Olaniyan and Efe Osagie

I’ve never really cared about or followed the latest trends. Instead, I’ve always thought of myself as a trendsetter. But on Monday, I stumbled upon Seek Refuge, a clothing company that uses its platform and products for female empowerment, Muslim representation and refugee aid. They're branded as the first to make streetwear for Muslim women regardless of their personal modesty choices.

For me, my wardrobe is an extension of who I am. My style is a reflection of my personality and my commitment to be unapologetically me.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:43pm

I like to think I’m a sexy woman. In fact, I know I’m a sexy woman. But, the problem is sex stresses me out. Not the stuff leading up to it. Not the hot make outs or the slow stripping. Just the bit where every bit of clothing is off and things are about to inserted in places and honestly it’s almost more stressful than midterm week. Almost.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:33pm

gay and brown

and black and blue all over


sapphire eyes to blue niles pouring down

ruby lips to scarlet blood spilling over


gay and brown

and black and blue all over


I am scared

and I am sad


I am gay and brown

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 6:00pm

Originally performed at Yoni Ki Baat.


The existence of a woman of color is in and of itself an act of resistance.

These are my words. Sound nice don’t they? Sound… empowering?

Or maybe it sounds like the faux-deep mantra of a girl who’s trying to convince herself that she’s a good social justice activist.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:39pm

When Drew Metcalf, an LSA junior studying screen arts and culture, submitted his project proposal to optiMize’s Social Innovation Challenge, he had no idea he would end up forming a creative expression showcase that would impact more than 150 students. With a strong passion for creativity and art, Metcalf has a natural drive for building community, cultural understanding and confidence — all through the power of expression.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:30pm

Today, I had the honor of receiving the Wendy Owen Scholarship from The Michigan Daily. This particular scholarship is given to freshmen, sophomores and juniors at The Daily who have constructively contributed to the paper. It was created in memorial of Wendy Owen, a Daily staff member from 1949 to 1951. As one of the few freshmen at the Scholarship Celebration, as well as one of the only students of color, it was really empowering to receive a Daily scholarship.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 4:51pm
Author and cousin at IASA 2018.

Aishu Chandrakanthan is a junior at the University of Michigan studying business and psychology with a minor in digital studies. On campus, she is involved with United Asian American Organizations, Indian American Student Association, Yoni Ki Baat and the Michigan Fashion Media Summit. She can be contacted at  


THE MICHIGAN DAILY: Tell me a little about you and your family.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:01am

In commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary on May 15, Nadav Tamir, policy adviser to former President of Israel Shimon Peres and former member of the Israeli Defense Forces, addressed students on Wednesday night. SAFE (Students Allied for Freedom and Equality) and its allies participated in a silent demonstration and die-in to protest the celebration of what Palestinian communities refer to as “Nakba,” or the mass displacement and decimation of Palestinian people and villages.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:28pm

Every morning, I find myself walking to class listening to my favorite songs, watching squirrels as they finesse food from passersby and moving around white people walking in my direction on the sidewalks. Before I noticed this disturbing pattern of mine, I always thought that stepping out of the way for oncoming pedestrians was just the polite thing to do. However, I recently noticed that the oncoming traffic, specifically when the person was white, would never return the common courtesy of stepping to the side when I walked by.