From History to History Makers– BHM Week 4

dawid-zawila-279998Black History Month Week 4 and today I want to tell to you about something that isn’t quite our history yet— here are some of the people who are in the process of making black history.

If you saw Obama’s tweet this week then you know what I mean when I say that young people truly are making change these days. From artists and activists to businesswomen and basic everyday people with more to give, we’ve got a lot of people to be on the lookout for. Lucky for you, I picked out just a few.


One

tumblr_ogmsl1cgf41u05srlo1_1280Let’s start with the artists, here is one guy to know the name of: Tsoku Maela. Raised in Cape Town, this young photographer focuses on the idea of mental health and normalizing the stigma of it, especially for black people. Earning the spotlight with his series of Abstract peaces (take a look here), his photos create a “visual diary of a subject at different stages of their depression and anxiety” when it isn’t all just one emotion or one state of being. As an artist, especially a black artist, I think it is important for people like Maela to explore their culture and more importantly, spread how it has influenced their own lives in a way that can change the lives of others— even if that change comes through awareness like it does here. I’m excited to see what he can do in the future and if you want to get to know more about him or who he is and what he does, take a quick peek at his website or his tumblr!

Two

clem-onojeghuo-228522-unsplash.jpgNow for your activists, let’s take a look into the life of Martese Johnson; if you think you’ve heard that name before, you probably have. That’s because he was one of too many caught on video being thrown to the ground in a police misconduct situation back in 2015— he didn’t quite fit the stereotype of a black kid in handcuffs though. As a student on the black alliance board at University of Virginia and an accompanist to Bernie Sanders at several rallies in the wake of the incident, he’s got quite the positive image built up for himself.  Johnson not only is an activist and a voice, but he is a representation of making good in a bad situation even if you have to do it yourself. In the future, he hopes to follow through on projects on African Americans and the media, maybe even running for public office one day.

Three

olu-eletu-38649-unsplashGrowing up in times like these, it only makes sense to talk about the business masterminds: Bianca Jeanty & Netta Dobbin. In their mid twenties, these two women have already created a company and kicked it out of the nest to watch it fly. MiMConnect is an “emerging networking platform that creates access to people of color with job opportunities, resources and a nationwide network in the media industry.”

Growing up, I’ve learned the difficulties of entering the professional world as an African American; from hairstyles to unfair treatment, this company aims to combat that struggle in creating their own space and helping other companies diversify theirs in the process. These two ladies have used an incredible amount of business and tech to get them to where they are today— maybe if I’m lucky they can help me find a job after I graduate too!

Four

ian-schneider-66374-unsplash.jpgLast, but never the least, let’s talk about someone we all should know by now: us. We are the people who may not always feel that we’re making a difference, yet somehow, one little thing can become everything. Take someone like Mikaila Ulmer, the business owner at 4 years old— she had to start somewhere and began where every one of us do: with a curiosity and a passion to follow it. How about Moziah “Mo” Bridges who just wanted to dress well and became 15 CEO of Mo’s Bows by age 15— the rest of us want to look good too don’t we? Start there. Or even like one of my favorites, Nathan Zed, your entertainer and every day guy with everyday problems who somehow managed to catch the world’s eye. By being themselves, these three all started small with something they cared about, and ended up on paths towards a cause much bigger than themselves.


Though I’ve only highlighted a few, there are countless people who are going to make a big difference in the world around them and they don’t even know it yet. As Black History Month comes to an end, it’s important octavian-rosca-369460-unsplashto remember that this celebration goes beyond 28 days. It is a culture. One that we need to pay attention to. Because this world truly is changing and the people who are changing it come from an immense amount of cultures and backgrounds. Soon enough, some of these people will be making new history and I am excited to be a part of it.

I hope you are too.

P.S. My 2 newest articles are up on HerCampus, check them out here and here if you’re interested (the second one is a fun one)! And I’ve got something exciting and new to share with you to finish off this month so be on the lookout for Tuesday 🙂 Happy Friday everyone

 

Big News and a Few Haikus

I haven’t tried my hand at metered poetry enough in my life and I’ve never been one to have a lot of big news, but today’s your lucky day— looks like I’ve got a little bit of both to share with you. andreas-kind-338509

First, the Haikus.

If you’ve been following my blog posts for a while now, you might remember that I went to a monthly show at my school called Another Type of Groove in February for the celebration of Black History Month. At the show, I watched people get up and perform countless kinds of poetry or spoken word, before being introduced to Judah 1 and his art with dirty Haikus.

Yes, those are exactly what they sound like.

But because of those Haikus, dirty or not (they were very entertaining), I was introduced to another kind of poetry that I hadn’t spent the time to be fully immersed in yet. I decided to change that.


So without further ado, here are some of my own haikus:

Number One:

jose-a-thompson-206102Open eyes that see

no light; that is not honest,

but artless facade

Number Two:

Sometimes I wonder

why you can’t understand that

you make me nervous

Number Three:

I want to wake up

and find the hole in my chest

no longer empty

prabuddha-sharma-180986Number Four:

Your body is the

foreign script I had never

learned to translate

Number Five:

They say my skin is

black but my insides still bear

a whitewashed canvas

 

Any thoughts on those? Feel free to leave me some comments below, I would love your feedback!


And now for the Big News:

This year at Cal Poly, I have been accepted as one of the many female writers of Her Campus. Now what is Her Campus you ask? Well, it is “the #1 new-media brand for the empowered college woman. Written entirely by the world’s top college journalists – with 11,000+ contributors and counting… supplemented by local content from 350+ campus chapters nationwide and in 11 countries.”

cassie-boca-385643.jpgYou can take a look at the national organization here, which has its own body of editors, writers, interns, etc. as a journalism and article hub for aspiring writers. If you want to take a look at the part of the organization I just joined, it is specifically Cal Poly’s female identified student body within the Chapter Network, which you can take a look at here.

As a writer, I submit pitch forms, ideas, and use the platform as a place to publish my own work as well as have a voice and network with countless incredible women who share my passions. At Cal Poly, we are ranked as as a Pink Level Chapter, meaning that we are in the top 20% of all chapters out of the 330+ across college campuses nationwide.

For me, Her Campus is a big step towards my future in both writing and publishing; it can open a lot of doors for me. This was the third time I had applied to be a writer with HC on Cal Poly’s campus and well, I guess the third time really was a charm. My first article, co-written with several other women in the club just went up this week and you can check it out right here!

So I just want to say thank you to each of you, for coming along on this journey with me and checking in every week— big things are happening andthomas-kelley-276597.jpg I can’t wait to see where I end up next (hopefully finishing my novel, but you know…)

Happy Veterans Day, thank you to all those who serve in our country, and as always, have a wonderful weekend everyone 🙂 Until next time