The opening beats of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” are rebirth. I’m not into rap music, but I swear those first few seconds have fundamentally changed me for the better.

Slaves fought in the civil war

picked cotton in the fields

America, YIELD


taken from Africa

not accepted in America


A few days ago, here at the University of Michigan, undergraduate computer science and electrical engineering students received a series of malicious emails that threatened the safety and lives of our African American and Jewish friends.

President Donald Trump’s executive ban on visas from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was recently suspended by a federal judge, which is in effect nationwide — though it is curr

Dear America,


Here’s a bedtime story

it’ll make the 10 o’clock news but not the history books

teachers won’t even mention it or take a second look 

Once upon a time, not long ago 

the moonlight lit the streets

not in Detroit but in Ohio,

In the winter of 2007, 10-year-old me bitterly watched then-Senator Barack Obama announce his bid for the presidency from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. As I sat on my grandmother’s bed, arms folded, I lamented, “He is going to take my job!

Last Friday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order inappropriately titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Ostensibly, the goal was to limit immigration from countries that the Trump administration deemed high-risk for terrorism in the Unite

Dr. Ijaz receives her award for Woman of the Year

We sat in her hospital room, just my granny and me, as she told me about her solar technology patent. The topic transported her mind from her blue gown lit by fluorescent lighting to her classroom at Virginia Tech.

From left to right: Keilah Dos Santos '19, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni ‘93, Turner Destané '19, Halimat Olaniyan '19

Lately I have been thinking about race more than usual. As a dark, African-American woman, it is difficult not to think about my race. I am constantly aware of my complexion. I do not have the privilege of being a lighter skin tone, blending in or choosing which community to belong to.

This letter in response to neo-Nazi and white nationalist Richard Spencer being invited to speak on the campus of Texas A&M on Decem