Last week, my class SMAD 462: Documentary in Film and TV participated in the Reel Change Film Festival at Court Square Theater. The purpose of this festival was to expose issues relevant to JMU and the greater Harrisonburg community in order to educate, engage, and impact audiences while also celebrating the documentary medium as a […]Read More Us Kids: the power of youth activism in the fight against gun violence
Recently, the topic of what’s being taught in K-12 schools has been making national headlines. From topics such as “critical race theory” to book bans, lawmakers have turned the classroom into a political battleground. This has garnered attention from not just parents of K-12 children, but celebrities, social justice advocates, students, businesses, and more. The […]Read More Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill isn’t actually about protecting children
Picture this, it’s a Friday night and you just got dinner with your roommates at your favorite dining hall. You do not have to worry about wearing a mask, sanitizing the table before you sit down or sitting six feet from someone else. After dinner, you take the five-minute walk back to your dorm. On […]Read More Is Love Still in The Air? Or Just COVID?
Have you ever been forced to change due to a dress code violation? Most girls can say yes, and these strict policies often result in hurting young teen in many ways.Read More Sexism in Dress Codes
For the uninitiated, being a feminist can be hard to wrap your head around. What am I to believe? What am I to think? Am I a feminist? The chances are if you are even asking yourself these questions you are more than likely already a feminist. To help further explore what it means to […]Read More What Does it Mean to be a Feminist?
Why is it that Black communities are at a constant disadvantage? For this blog post, I want you to put yourself in someone of color’s shoes. Ask yourself what your healthcare privileges are and how you benefit from them. It pains me to think about the people that are denied a basic right of healthcare and, therefore are at a higher risk of diseases due […]Read More Health care in the Black Community
In one of my previous blogs I discussed my recent feelings of Impostor Syndrome as a new transfer student this semester. An article from The Chronicle defines impostor syndrome as “an internal experience of intellectual phoniness”. As the semester slowly comes to an end I have been reflecting on it and how my feelings of […]Read More Reflecting on My First Semester at JMU
On the evening of the day we recognize and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, James Madison University welcomed Dr. Brittney Cooper to speak. As a Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Cooper was quite different from past guests of honor. Her message was deeply rooted […]Read More Dr. Brittney Cooper: the Superwoman
I was talking to my dad on the phone yesterday, and I told him that it was looking like my family should pick up and move to New York. You see, my younger brother graduates from high school in a year, and we need to make sure he has in-state status for when he goes to […]Read More Time to (Maybe) Move to New York
Why would you deliberately decide to go to an all-girls boarding school? Don’t you wish that you could see boys every day? Why would you choose to live at school? These are questions I have heard far too often in my life. For me, my boarding school days remind me of getting a great education, […]Read More Why I Chose to Attend an All-Girls High School