reclamation

1 at the gynecologist’s office she says  there is a poison circulating through my blood   says its chasing the embryonic versions of my existence like a minotaur in a labyrinth   i walk home below dirty rainbows whirling in the dead-end of my womanhood   sleep for endless hours dream in blue-shaded parables  …

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Meditations: A Series of Self-Portraits

What I wear can’t be replaced.  Inside or out, it always stays the same. Day after day, I look at myself and reflect on my outfit of (no) choice. Black skin and nappy curls is what it is. My outfit has its pros and cons. Nonetheless, I take care and maintain it  with the utmost…

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Turning Loneliness Into Passion

Featured Illustration: Seung Won Chun I’m sure most American students are familiar with “burning out”. Our society is no stranger to the work hard, play hard mentality of which people of all ages are taught. I mean, there of course is some truth to this teaching, but Americans equate this ideology with never taking a…

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Boundary Setting is Essential for Mental Health

Featured Illustration: Carmi Grau It is important to note that when someone is placing a boundary on you, it’s usually a positive sign that they want to improve and grow your relationship/friendship. Boundary setting is important for mental health and to get to know oneself throughout our journey to healing. Chances are that in relationships/friendships,…

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Curly Hair: Tangles and Torment

Featured Illustration: Ylli Haruni Frizzy strands peeking out of every hairstyle, knots within minutes of brushing, endless oils applied to subdue the volume — as a young girl, I despised my curls.  Everyone in my family has straight hair; perfect for styling and easy upkeep, a formula I would eagerly trade for my precious headbands…

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Imposter Syndrome and Why It’s Okay to be Proud of Your Accomplishments

As I approach my senior year of college and the inevitable beginning of sending out applications for post-graduate jobs, I’ve been combatting this feeling of imposter syndrome. Granted, I’ve always felt like an imposter in the many spaces I’ve occupied throughout my life, but in this period of time, it’s hitting a bit differently. I’m…

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There Is Power In Our Names

Featured Image: ‘Afrovaganza’ by Teni Oluwo, photographed by Felix Crown As a Nigerian, my first name is not actually Nigerian. In fact, scratch that — as much as I love being Nigerian, Nigerians tend to be homogenized as one. A country with over 250 ethnic groups and you expect every single ethnic group to be…

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I Thought I Lost the Love of My Life – I Ended Up Finding Myself

Featured Illustration: Daylight Illustrations Before I had my heart severely broken, I was a junior in college at the University of Arkansas, living in the Northwest corner of the state. The year was 2016. That summer was a challenging one, as I found myself yearning to be in an intimate relationship more than I ever…

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