Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579

Black history does not begin with commodification.It has existed and thrived in many parts of the world before the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. This is more evident with people such as “Yasuke,” otherwise known as the first Black Japanese Samurai.

Summer Walker

Every now and then, there is an increase in awareness of mental health and wellness issues. These spikes in attention occur after events such as World Mental Health Day or a highly publicized incident of suicide.

The superheroes are from a multitude of countries: the United States, South Korea, China, India, and the Philippines

With the release of Marvel and DC movies, superheroes have experienced a meteoric rise in popularity. Since the reintroduction of comics into mainstream pop culture, the superhero genre has been subject to all the usual questions of diversity.


Hey Black Child, 



“You should remain pure. Who took your virginity? Are you sure you don’t want to wait until you’re married?”


Shoes and Ink

These pieces are from my “Stationery At the Moulin Rouge” series.

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.



Being Black in America feels like a never-ending game of musical chairs

The DJ’s favorite song is “meritocracy”


As I walk through campus, surrounded by people who look nothing like me, I can’t help but feel like I don't belong. I try not to compare myself to anyone but it seems like everyone around me has their lives figured out, their friend groups established and their futures secured.


It’s that time of year again: the period after Halloween and the beginning of November where individuals start playing holiday music like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” completely surpassing Thanksgiving.