Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 7:15pm


October, November and December are some of my favorite months of the year. There are holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving, followed by one of my favorite, Christmas. Being Muslim, I always get weird looks from people when I tell them that Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s true, I am Muslim and I love Christmas time. To specify, I love the atmosphere that comes with Americanized Christmas. 


Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 8:41pm
Hasan Minhaj

Dear Hasan, 


I’ve been meaning to reach out to you for a while now. I even contemplated writing you a very thoughtful instagram DM about how much I enjoy and appreciate your work and everything that you do to represent the Indian-American community. But the thought of sliding into your DM’s weirded me out a little. So instead, I’m going to let you know in the most normal and least awkward way possible: a very public Michigan Daily article. Plus I’ve missed a few meetings and haven’t written in a while, so this works on multiple fronts.


Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 8:36pm

Africa hears my name and calls me to herself

She doesn’t know Ayomide means Jacob

Or maybe she does and ignores this because 

I smell like Sunday afternoons filled with Nigerian yams

And fried egg seasoned with suya peppeh

Africa knows the difference between peppeh and pepper but

Kiana does not

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 6:57pm

Hey Black Child, 


The one that still lingers in the body of a twenty-one-year-old young woman, struggling to find her place, do you know who you are? To the nine-year-old girl who struggles with her natural hair, do you know who you want to be? And to the one-year-old little girl, still fresh and innocent, do you know who you can be? 


If you’re listening, I want to share something with you. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:21pm

Although the dean only allows the domestic students to swap sections,

That’s not discrimination. That’s just a policy.


Although a professor’s favorites all happen to be white

and she only lets them speak,

She’s not racist. That’s just a coincidence.


Although your class points at a random Asian figure in a drawing and asks

“Is that you?”

They’re not racist. They’re just dumb.


Although someone who sits next to you looks down and throws handouts,

She’s not racist. She’s just rude to everyone.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 9:03pm
MiC logo

Following in the footsteps of various on-campus student organizations, The Michigan Daily’s Michigan in Color section has formally condemned the Order of Angell, a secret society at the University of Michigan. With the Order of Angell’s history of Native American cultural appropriation, MiC argues that modern reforms can not make up for historical damage.

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:06pm

The clock ticks and ticks. My eyes are lasered onto the small hand as it approaches 9. I can’t afford to continue looking at it, but I can’t look away. Feeling every second that passes, my body reacts with a fidget, a leg shake or that creeping angst. In front of me: a laptop open to too many tabs, two books with scattered highlighting and all of my notebooks filled with lead to the brim. It’s midterm season and the misery in the air confirms it. My calendar is full of steep assignments, but I also have tests and classes per usual.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:15pm
Sean Tran’s Character

In the midst of the 10-year anniversary of League of Legends, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game by Riot Games, I find myself reflecting on the too many hours that I’ve spent on LoL alongside its other 80-million monthly players. When my cousin introduced me to the game in 2011, the champion (LoL’s name for its characters) Ahri, an overly seductive, spellcasting representation of Korea’s mythic nine-tailed fox, had just been released.

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 2:56pm
Painting by Meleko Mokgosi, Acts of Resistance exhibit

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pan-African Pulp exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Arts. This part of the museum showcases art by Meleko Mogosi, a South African painter. Now, his art was nowhere near mediocre. Each piece revealed a different layer of the nuanced topic that is the black experience. Some parts of the exhibit paid tribute to a magazine comic that shed light on the different oppressions that were common across Africa. Another showcased the many black women who have contributed to the progression of the Pan-African movement.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:56pm
Carlina Duan

As a freshman at the University of Michigan in 2011, Carlina Duan didn’t know what the term “person of color” meant. 


“I wasn’t keyed into that way of speaking as much. I’m not sure the campus was either.”