Michigan in Color

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"Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. Not even me... You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can't do it. If you want something, go get it."

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Even before quarantine, I consumed a lot of media content everyday. From Instagram to Netflix binge-watching, I have spent unimaginable hours mindlessly scrolling.

NOSELL. 2019 Ramadan Suhoor Festival

Observed by Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan sets forth a month of fasting, spiritual reflection and personal growth. Muslims are intrinsically joined together by group prayers, shared meals and charitable activities, propelling the meaning of Ramadan through connectedness.

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Lizzo was one of the best artists of 2019, solidified by her multiple Grammy wins this past January. However, the performer has been the target of a slew of anti-fat rhetoric for most of her career up to today, which is an unfortunate reality for many women that look like her.

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Scheduling classes is certainly a stressful, difficult time for most students here at the University of Michigan.

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My family,

rose from the mud 

to make matters more pleasant for me. 

From my environment,

I cultivated primal instincts

From a young age, I wanted to change the way I looked. Every town I grew up in consisted of spaces that never seemed to fit me; they were made for specific kinds of identities and people to grow up comfortably in. I was very insecure about how I looked mainly because I wasn’t white.

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If I stretch my memory as far back as it’ll bend, I can remember the first time I had to teach myself how to breathe again. My parents had gone to a fundraiser, leaving me alone with my sister and my brother.

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Trigger Warning: mention of intimate partner violence, abuse, violence