Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:37pm
Modern African American History displays the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

A week before Spring Break, one of the editors at Michigan in Color, Na’kia Channey, reached out to me spontaneously.

“Hey. Would you like to come to D.C. with us to photograph?”

“Uh … I guess.”

Before the trip, I was told that the purpose of this trip to D.C. was to explore the forgotten history of marginalized communities centered in our capital. As part of my job description, I would photograph the trip and government buildings.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:20pm

The roommate selection process involved months of calculated messages, trying to finesse conversation, hoping the girl I met on Facebook would think I was super cool and ask to room with me. After painful awkwardness and anxiety, as well as the culture shock of a small town southern girl trying to keep up with the big-city New Yorker, we sealed the deal.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 9:24pm
Screenshot from Black Panther

This past weekend, the editors of Michigan in Color were given complimentary tickets from the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs to watch “Black Panther”. After the film, many of the editors in attendance wrote out our thoughts on the movie (we encourage you to read this after the movie, as this piece contains spoilers).


Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 7:42pm
Elizabeth as a child

It is Feb. 16 at the time I am writing this. To some of you, today will have been just another Friday. To me and others, however, today is New Year’s Day, a time not only for festivities, but also reflection. Recently, the political correctness of “Chinese New Year” has been called into question, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on the issue and explore its relation to my own identities.    

Let us travel back about 13 years to a Midwestern elementary school, where my first-grade class received a “cultural lesson” on Chinese New Year.

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 6:15pm

As soon as I heard Marvel was planning to create a Black superhero movie, I was psyched. I love Marvel and as a Black person and a Nigerian, it wasn’t that hard to notice the lack of representation in Marvel movies as I grew up. But I knew the release of “Black Panther” would change that. A movie taking place in Africa that doesn’t show it in a degrading light with a soundtrack produced by the legendary Kendrick Lamar? It was perfect.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 4:54pm

 *This piece has been expanded to include an addendum, Click here.*

I am sorry, but exclusively dating white women is not “just a preference.”

At the root of your exclusion of women of color from your dating pool lies a deep-seated allegiance to whiteness so that you and your kin can continue to benefit from white privilege. Further, straying from white women as your partners of choice could have dastardly consequences that result in the dilution of your family and your own perceived whiteness.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:01pm

The time is late. I do not even have to check my clock to tell. What started as a crusade in my bed has slowly crept its way to having set my alarm on my phone, plugging my phone into my charger and sitting cross-legged on my carpeted apartment floor. Outside, the normal buzz of campus, so alive during the day, has died down. It is hard to believe it is the same place during the day. My roommate has already fallen asleep and even the drunk party-goers have stumbled back to their places.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 9:17pm

“2,000 years of revenge, vendetta and murder. Welcome to Beirut.”

This is what the beautiful cultural center that is Beirut, Lebanon is reduced to in Jon Hamm’s new movie, “Beirut,” due for release in April. Taking place during the Lebanese civil war in 1982, the trailer follows a white man (who is also a U.S. diplomat) who fled Lebanon in 1972 after his family is killed and returns ten years later to negotiate for a friend’s life.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:25pm

I have always been an avid watcher of television. I was raised on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel and learned everything I needed to know from those three channels. All of which helped me become the stunning individual I am today. To this day, I still love watching television but I honestly have to ask, WHERE HAVE ALL THE BLACK SHOWS GONE?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 9:02am

What does it mean to be Asian enough?


Black hair.

Off-white skin.

It is in my name.

The home where I was raised.

    No shoes indoors.

    Bags of rice in the cupboard

    And on the counter

    And in the cooker.

I don’t speak mother/father’s language