In his 1940 autobiography The Big Sea, Langston Hughes described the Harlem Renaissance as the period when the “Negro was in vogue.” As I sit in my Harlem dorm room nearly a century after the Renaissance began, I have to say that the Negro is still in vogue....
“‘Camelot’ isn’t limited to the past. It isn’t limited in any capacity. It relies on people being committed to the cause and believing firmly that something great can be achieved if you try for it.”...
“What are you?” people would ask me. And when I was too young to answer, they would ask, “What is he?” and await my parents’ reply.
I remember when my friend began to shift in her seat during our weekly video call as the end of my story crept closer. Filled with endorphins and excitement from last week’s events, I was stripped of my usual abilities to read her thoughts and hesitations. We were just girls talking about dating in college—what was so wrong with that? Girls talked about love and boys all the time, right? But we weren’t just talking about boys and love. We were talking about girls loving boys and girls loving girls. As I finished my story, I automatically asked, “What about you?” Complete silence radiated through my phone as my mind began to connect the dots. How could I be so ignorant? Of course she doesn’t have stories to tell me—she’s at Howard University, a historically black university....
Kool-Aid-snorting 5-year-old, philosophical serpent among those present at Latenite’s Spring Anthology
By the end of one 10-minute skit, Timothée was kneeling on the ground stuffing dollar bills frantically into his mouth while simultaneously JUUL-ing. Moments before, a five-year-old had snorted a line of Kool-Aid-looking powder from a table. The skit was a little all over the place, but perhaps best summed up by the line, “Who needs family when you have AirPods?!”...
Art exhibition “Redefining the Center” makes the black femme artist the alpha and omega of the art canon
White space surrounds the works: white walls, white lights on a white ceiling, white paper, white dressing screens, white blinds on the windows.
Every February, Americans recognize Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight the contributions of African Americans across every industry and facet of life. However, the chance to celebrate this identity is present on a daily basis, and this is the mindset that propelled Phanesia Pharel, BC ’21, to found Bold, Beautiful, Black at Barnard and hold it in March rather than February....
Since arriving on campus, I have been involved with many conversations with my peers similar to the following:
During a talk with Kimberlé Crenshaw—the mother of intersectionality—at Columbia Law School in January, I found myself confused when she introduced the mothers of three Black women who had died in incidents of police brutality: Korryn Gaines, Shelly Frey, and India Kager. Shelly Frey was even from my hometown of Houston, but I still hadn’t known her name. However, I could easily name high-profile incidents where Black men had been killed from police brutality: Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown. These names came to mind with hardly any thought....