True Life: My Friend Supports Sex Slavery

    I’VE HEARD TIRADES AGAINST HIM during human trafficking rallies. I read reports about him in newspapers. I know all about this ‘John’—this monster who is consumer of prostitution. John is that guy who occasionally descends from his ladder of privilege and preys on exploited women by paying for sex. I never thought I would…

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The New Jim Crow

“THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE.” It’s not the easy read you were hoping to flip through on the beach. In fact, this book specializes in making you uncomfortable. You can’t help but feel uneasy as you realize that even you have been complicit in the mass incarceration of African-Americans–or as Michelle Alexander terms it–The…

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A Glimpse of Ancient China

I NEEDED A BREAK from the tall skyscrapers, the multiple Starbucks on every corner, and the jam-packed subways that is Shenzhen, China. When my school’s principal offered to take me to visit his hometown in Meizhou, I jumped at the opportunity. Meizhou, a city which still doesn’t have traffic lights at every intersection, is the…

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Education is Mine

  Quote Taken from I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

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How Successful Readers Read

  “One reason most books don’t transform us is that we are so eager to read the next chapter, we don’t pause and take the time to seriously consider what we have just read. We rush to the next truth without reflecting on what we have learned. Don’t just read this book. Interact with it. Underline it. Write…

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Why Black People Don’t Travel

I TRAVELED TO SIX COUNTRIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, AND IN EACH COUNTRY I HEARD, “Wow! You are the first Black person I’ve ever met!” That exclamation was often followed by the request for me to speak on behalf of the world’s brown population by answering, “Why don’t Black people travel?” I usually responded with…