My Tribe

I understand and I’m sorry that happened to you. But if I can say… I’m glad that you experienced everything that you did… Without those experiences I don’t think you’ll be the same person that you are right now. I love who you are right now.

Emotional Maturity

My love life has been non-existent for quite some time even prior to social distancing.  Almost to the point where I forgot what I was looking for in a significant other. Lately, I’ve been finding myself attracted to those who possess rare traits like emotional maturity rather than seeking physical perfection or trying to make … More Emotional Maturity

How Being a Black Classical Musician has Driven Me to the Brink of Suicide Among These Times

By Dorthea Stephenson I do not typically use my social media as a platform of activism, but I feel these times call for my voice to be heard among the rest. Whether you agree or not, is your decision. This is not a persuasive post; you are inclined to your decisions as I am to … More How Being a Black Classical Musician has Driven Me to the Brink of Suicide Among These Times

Hear My Voice

By Vuyisa Akuchie Hear my voice! “You’re what? I’m black and I’m proud!” This method of ‘call and response’ would be a regular saying in my household, as a reminder that I should be proud of my black skin and my heritage. “Your all a bunch of? WINNERS!” It wasn’t enough to just be proud … More Hear My Voice

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. … More Humanizing Immigrants and Refugees – A Conversation With Emily Mata

Over Worked N Under Paid: The Stresses of Working in Social Justice

Working in the field of social justice has been an interest of mine for the last three years. My experience working with youth, immigrants in New York, women of color and in the field of education have taught me so much about community engagement. I love that I am able to understand how different social … More Over Worked N Under Paid: The Stresses of Working in Social Justice