My Life Be Like

My Self/Black Girl Magic

The only thing more painful than growing up as an undocumented immigrant, was finding myself — my true self — as a mixed girl with nurturing of only one of those elements. It’s not lost on me that as a child, being in public places with a white woman by my side allowed me to… Continue reading My Self/Black Girl Magic

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How Digital Activism Campaigns Build Community

Digital activism campaigns are an effective means of protest in our modern-day society. These campaigns are beneficial in rebuilding communities and providing a circle of support. Thousands of young TikTok users and Kpop fans were given credit the small Tulsa turnout. On June 20th, 2020, Trump appeared in Tulsa to what was expected to be… Continue reading How Digital Activism Campaigns Build Community

Hidden Gems, interviews

Paz Ellis on the plight of Citizen Children of Immigrants

When thinking about immigration, it’s easy to focus on the plight of undocumented and dacamented people, as if they were the only ones affected by America’s immigration policy and climate of hate towards immigrants. I am guilty of viewing the citizen children of immigrants as lucky and carefree Americans. That started to change the day… Continue reading Paz Ellis on the plight of Citizen Children of Immigrants

Go Awf!

All Skinfolk Ain’t…

Current events have led me to dissect the well known quote "All my skinfolk ain't kinfolk." This quote, which was said by my Triumphant Soror Zora Neale Hurston, means that someone can inhabit a black body and be an agent of white supremacy. Because of the ongoing pandemic, people around the world have been forced… Continue reading All Skinfolk Ain’t…

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Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

(image courtesy of Shutterstock) I don’t think there has been a louder anti-racism revolt since the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Lives Matter revolution that we are witnessing right now is opening the eyes of America-- including white Americans -- to the violent systemic racism that exists in the United States. It is inspiring protests… Continue reading Black Lives Matter in Brazil, Too. #VidasNegrasImportam

My Life Be Like, poetry

Little Brown Boy

This one time in 2020… I had to tell my son about his chocolate skin in America… How his skin is so dark he might be mistaken for a monkey or a hoodlum. How his big natural curly afro can be offensive to some people with no melanin in their skin. How to keep his… Continue reading Little Brown Boy

My Life Be Like, poetry

The America I See

Riding along on my way Trying to have my best day Look back in my rear view mirror and what do I see Two police officers behind me My mood changes from happy to fear My stomach is in knots as I begin to think About all the things that could happen I just want… Continue reading The America I See

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Becoming American

Recently, I shared a brief summary of my last four years in Brazil. It was essentially what I could provide as context; context into who I was before I was a DREAMer. When my dreams were theoretical, my identity was Brazilian. When I came here for the chance to live out my mom’s dreams of… Continue reading Becoming American

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The Feeling of Belonging

There hasn’t been a day since I returned from my trip this January, that I haven’t missed and wanted to be back in Brazil. It’s not just because I felt safer there than I have ever felt in the United States. It’s so much more than that. When I finally got to go back after… Continue reading The Feeling of Belonging

Hidden Gems, interviews

Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

A year ago on February 9th, 2019, I took a road trip to Santa Barbara to see an art show put together by Emily Mata, an art student at Westmont college. A photo I had shared with her was painted portraying the bond I share with an American citizen, despite our different heritage and race.… Continue reading Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata