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Michigan in Color recently sat down to speak with Tyrice Grice Jr.

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We love you, Demario!
Toni Wang

If you attended first year orientation at the University of Michigan between 2013 and 2017, you know Demario Longmire. You may not have had the opportunity to meet him, be graced by his soul soothing voice or held in one of his pain-releasing embraces, but you remember him.

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You named me, Ocean, because I was so big. Who would have fucking thought
Adam Brodnax

Reflective fragments, excerpts, bits from my journals, both paper and electronic since meeting my birth family.

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Laughing with my fellow magical black girls
Ellie Jay Photography

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

Alice Walker

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Ann Arbor Sky
Khang Huynh

For eighteen years of my life my mother’s arms were the warmest home I ever knew. A home for when I felt scared or lonely or sad. What an actual home lacked in structural support, my mother made up for in love and kindness.

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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for” -John A. Shedd

Dad,

Oddly enough, my most pivotal memories of us are simple conversations that meant nothing at the time, but mean everything today.

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Cao

Before you read on, it’s pronounced like a T-S. Tsao.

My second grade teacher would always let me check out the advanced reading books, so she was pretty cool by my standards. But she could never say my name right, and that bothered me. No, not ‘chow,’ I would say. Not ‘cow,’

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Adam, his birth mother, his biological brother, his sister-in-law
Photo by Jin Kim

Dear Mẹ,

It’s been only six days since you came into my life and I keep replaying those 20 minutes the hospital gave us to breath in the same air.

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This piece is by no means an all encompassing perspective on the “APIAs” experience*

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Ann Arbor is a bubble-community. A bubble community as in perfect-looking from the outside and the people on the inside keep to themselves. Most people living here seem to be nuclear families with white-collar jobs.

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I’m going to ask you three questions, and I need you to answer honestly.

First, did you know that Black children are punished more often and more severely than their white classmates? Second, that Black borrowers are much less likely to be granted a loan than their white counterparts with similar credit scores? And third, that employers prefer applicants with “white”-sounding names over those with “Black”-sounding ones?

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Chapingolandia
Patrick Mullen-Coyoy
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Tamales
Patrick Mullen-Coyoy
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I’m not here to talk about all of the wonderful aspects of being biracial. That’s for another time. I’m not here to explain to you the entire world of a mixed kid in one essay. That’s impossible.

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I had a fanboy moment a couple of weeks ago. “Steven Universe” is one of my favorite TV shows. Yeah, it is a children’s cartoon, but it also has a good storyline and complex character development in addition to its wholesome themes of friendship.

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In honor of the upcoming Mother's Day holiday, the editors of Michigan in Color would like to make a toast to the strong, influential women of color in our lives — our mothers. We see them as beacons of hope, inspiration and guidance, and we are very grateful to have them in our lives.

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When you greet me, do you only see my hijab?

When I walk into

the classroom

the grocery store

the mall

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Light blue blanket

covers,  

skin

the moon lights

eyes and

the room

face?

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Black History Month, for me, is by far the most meaningful month of the year. A time to reflect on the triumphs, tragedies and teachable moments of the past, while celebrating the influential people, institutions and events of today.