rundown carry-ons

“Please be careful when removing your [baggage] from the overhead compartment as items may have shifted during flight.” Baggage is inevitable. If you’re going places, chances are you’re taking things with you. Flights create friction, they have turbulence and measures to keep you safe amidst all of that. The one thing a flight can’t do … More rundown carry-ons

Still Black

Last time I was spitting game Scene from Jay-Z’s The Story of OJ It was about the captivity and shame That fueled a luxurious change to fame But still All black people are the same. Black culture is synonymous with swag, intelligence, beauty The swag we brought to the endless cotton that our hands plucked … More Still Black

24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black

This guest post is from Afrika Owes, a Fulbright alumna who is also a poet, a writer, a thinker, a talker, a reader, a believer, a goal digga and a glo’ getta.  She promotes Black women’s empowerment and strives to pass knowledge and life lessons to my peers. Check out more gems from her at http://www.AfrikaKnowes.com.  I … More 24 Must Reads for the Young, Gifted & Black

Entity Verse, Volume 1: Generation Z

EntityVerse is a literary-performance group based at Eastway Middle School in Charlotte, NC. Each week young artists craft stories and poems on topics ranging from race, gender, pop culture, to anything within their orbit. Most importantly the space is a sanctuary to unpack topics in a supportive environment. Over the course of five months, members … More Entity Verse, Volume 1: Generation Z

Beautiful Woman

Beautiful Woman is a 9th grade South African student’s adaptation of Maya Angelou’s Phenomenal Woman. Over the past three months, Write to Live has directed its focus toward Girls Empowerment. A number of 9th grade girls have met to engage in conversations, activities and reflections surrounding self-love, sisterhood and career goals while still mastering English … More Beautiful Woman

Paranoid Summer Review

This young woman’s words from two summers ago are sounding mighty relevant. Check out Imani’s Spoken Word performance from the 2015 19th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals.   Be safe out there, and be encouraged by the eloquence and honesty of our little ones!