Intersected: Black, female, and unprotected

By MaLaysia Mitchell What’s the deal? Over the past couple of weeks, the phrase “protect Black women” has been trending all over social media and on various news outlets. This has been a summer of heightened racial awareness, and Intersected is pressing into this moment.  With Black Lives Matter signs plastered across storefronts, television screens,…

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Remembering Rodney Sisco

I believe too much in invincibility, but death comes anyway. Sometimes it is inescapable. Sometimes it is unexpected. Always it hurts. His name was Rodney. It hurts to see a man so full of love taken away. A man who had impacted my alma mater for three and a half decades, resolving conflict, bringing people…

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Good evening, Mr. Neighbor

He walked into our apartment wearing red suspenders and black gym shorts pulled up over his torso. Meet my neighbor, always good for a laugh. Living in an African home has taught me a lot about loving the neighbors who live with me. I don’t yet know most of the people in my apartment complex,…

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Inspiring youth, Independence Day, and the DRC

Fifty-seven years ago on June 30, the Democratic Republic of Congo won its independence. While I won’t go into a political history right now, I will celebrate Independence Day by telling you about my generation and how amazing they are. Congolese youth are artists, talented photographers and musicians. They are teachers of elementary students and ESL…

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Some say refugees. I say friends.

I spend nearly every day of the week hanging out at the houses of refugees or having them over my place. On weekends many of us attend church together, all weekend long. On weekdays others of us eat lunch together; I always look forward to 12:30. Several of us practice music together, all of us…

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