Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

Men Bank on Women’s Vulnerability

As women, nearly everyday we have to endure the harassment of men coyly being perverts as if it's second-nature. Whether we're friends with them, co-workers, or even just men we pass by on occasion, some do not realize how their conversation and actions can make us uncomfortable. To a certain point, I can deal with …

Is Color Still an Issue: A Review of “Passing” and “The Blacker the Berry”

Over the past week, I finished reading two phenomenal books dating from the Harlem Renaissance. Passing by Nella Larsen and The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman were both stemmed off of major color issues at the time, but were taboo to speak aloud. On the other hand, in today's society, both are known to be common themes …

The Loss of Modern Art

With the loss of Maya Angelou this week, it left me in a weird place. This miraculous woman lived such a troubling, yet creative and inspiring life. She gave hope and created a path for artists like myself to venture into the world to do what we were meant to do: create art in all forms. …