Music: My Road to Consciousness & Power

For her, music was everything. It was consciousness, it was voice, it was power. At sixteen, she first heard Tupac’s lyrics, “Why did ya lie to me? I couldn’t find a trace of equality.” He spoke truth. His voice illuminated injustice with which she was familiar. His songs were more than music. They were political….

Carrying Hope: The Real Story

BY  NANCY CHAVEZ-REYES I’m Latina. I’m 17 and I’m pregnant. Some people may read that line, let it hang in the air, then stop and move on. Not because it holds offensive meaning for them, but because they will assume based on those two sentences that they already know my whole story. They will assume…

Challenging Microaggressions to Claim a Space in the World of Academia

BY: CHRISTIANA RODRIGUEZ 12th grade has arrived. You know what that means? Concurrent Enrollment. At the start of the second semester of my senior year, I landed a spot in a college English course. I’m an advanced writer and writing is something that I truly enjoy doing so I presumed that this class would be…

4 Years as the Undercard

Women’s Athletics Have Never Been the Main Event. BY SAVANNA JONES Standing on the court I hear my coach’s voice and the voice of my teammates loud and clear, “5 out!” We run the offense and I’m wide open. Lena gives me a nice dime, and swoosh, 2 points. I get high fives from my…

Stand Together to Tear Down Walls of Prejudice

BY CARLOS HERNANDEZ-TOVAR Today in America, minority communities are living in fear. While our marginalization and oppression is not new, the current political climate of this country has made it impossible for us to feel safe. Evidence of the very real threats to our physical and emotional safety is seen everywhere. The supporters chanting “kill…

The Truth about Senioritis

BY MARDALE JAY The last twelve years of our lives have been spent in school. We moved from classroom to classroom and within those four walls we pushed ourselves to learn the skills and knowledge we are told will allow us to reach the future we so desperately want for ourselves. Soon, we will reach…