3nframaa Kingdom

By: Eileen Dapaah @Ellspression *Excerpt from Under the Ghana Sun I can feel the warmth of the sun attempting to pry my eyes open like a bolted door, but my attempts to open my eyes prove useless. “Oh my gosh, I’m blind… I’m blind aren’t I? my eyes!” I scream. At this point, I brace... Continue Reading →

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Ninjas

By: Lauren Small @lauren_l_small *Excerpt from Where'd All My Fish Go “It’s the weekend baby!” A hometown radio legend, Stan Bell, would say that every Friday evening right before the weekend. I’m sure he got it from someone else, but I distinctly remember his voice whenever I hear the phrase. In a city like Atlanta,... Continue Reading →

Clown Fish

By: Lauren Small @lauren_l_small *excerpt from Where'd All My Fish Go “What happened to the friend you brought by the house the other day? He was cute,” Michelle asked with enthusiasm. “He said I was crazy and never wants to talk to me again,” I replied. The confused look on her face let me know... Continue Reading →

Eating is Hard Work

By: Lyn Patterson @poetryntings I’ve been in recovery for 15 years now a silent struggle I’ve endured when a huge part of your identity is being skinny and tragedy forces you to alternate reality the desperation will cause you to cause you harm at breakfast I force it down at lunch I feel guilt over indulgence... Continue Reading →

When Life Gives You Lemons…

By: Ciegi La'Priest @Ciegi.LaPriest We’ve all heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Hell, even Beyoncé has an album titled Lemonade. It’s the new wave—flip the script, boss up. Basically make shit shake with what you’ve got. The idea behind the concept is quite fascinating, and oftentimes, it can be motivating. But,... Continue Reading →

Time for a Change

By: Chemyeeka Tumblin @positivelymyeek In April of last year, I decided to make a change. Not my hair or nail color but an even bigger change. I wanted to change the way I see myself⎼ to build my self-confidence and fall in love with the woman in the mirror. At first, I was at a... Continue Reading →

I’m Tired of Seeing White Teen Dramas

By: Dominique S. Johnson @dominiquesjohnson When I first heard about the hit series Riverdale, I felt a sense of obligation to join the bandwagon. It was praised by critics and social media and seemed like a show I’d enjoy. I binged the first season on Netflix and was hooked right away. But mid-way through season... Continue Reading →

I’m Not a Writer

By: Dr. Jessica Williams @jessica_jamese I didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer. In fact, after I won a national poetry award in the 4th grade, I thought that was going to be as good as it got. I grew up loving to read and as an only child, the characters in books were... Continue Reading →

Memory

By: Ananya Vahal Perez @ananyavahal I don’t have a good memory. I blame it on the fact that my family was always moving. We never stayed anywhere long enough for me to form strong memories of the people and places around us. But what I do remember was that ever since my family moved to... Continue Reading →

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