As a teenager in high school, I was deeply insecure. Of course, if anyone's read past blog posts, this isn't new information. But seventeen year old Naja had been going through it, all year long. I was the walking dead, and I hid that fact well from my friends. Enter February 14th, 2011. From the … Continue reading Love Hangover: A Post V-Day Reflective
It's a Tuesday afternoon at Marist college. I'm walking out of the Cabaret, with my lunch, when a group of touring high school students walk in. All of them are black. They look at me, I look at them, they look at each other, and continue following the tour guide through the student center. If anything, … Continue reading Being Black and Wearing Red
Dear readers, Hey! So, now that I'm out of school and thinking a bit more towards the future, I'm considering revamping this blog either elsewhere or on WordPress. I'd really like to become a serious journalist in the future, and I think the best course of action would be to broaden my topics and maybe … Continue reading Update: Hey!
"Hello my little Mocha Chocalata ya ya. Are you into guys or girls more?" If you're like me, or millions of other people in the 21st century, you've tried your hand at online dating. While I'm sure that it's worked for plenty of people (and I know, by observation, that it has), I have a bit … Continue reading Online Dating While Bi & Black
A deeply personal look at what it means to live with depression. (Originally written in 2015) One important thing to acknowledge is the difference between feeling depressed and being depressed. The feeling of depression is typically fleeting. It's moping around your house in your pajamas, or curling up in your sheets to sleep all day. … Continue reading Day & Night: Seeing Depression With 20/20 Vision
Dear Doubter of My Desired Degree, You aren't the first to tell me that there is no place in the world for English majors. During my Freshman year of college, I spoke to my then-history professor about my ideal career and college goals. Upon learning that I wanted to declare a major in English, the … Continue reading Dear Doubter of My Desired Degree
As of now, it is currently 12:52 in Paris, France. Thus, it's officially my birthday and I've been feeling incredibly reflective these last few months. Being in Paris has made me come to terms with a lot of things, and thus I've been able to break down how much I've learned about myself and what … Continue reading 22 Things I’ve Learned by 22
To the ones who came before me, I honor your resilience. I think of the thousands of women who came before me, beating the odds and choosing to continue on when the moments were too much to bear. My heart breaks when I think about all of the abuse and turmoil you were forced to live … Continue reading To The Matriarchs I’ll Never Meet
In the moments when She Looked to the brilliant violet sky Searching to find replacements For the stars snatched from her eyes And Crushed in the center of a powerful Palm She; Consistently hardening In a world that denies her softness Accusations of submissiveness Torn between Aggression and Servitude She; Earning space Both invisible and Not invisble enough. … Continue reading She
As person with a strong desire to go into publishing (specifically YA) in the future, I'm aware of how often the topic of diversity rears its head. There are always questions of "if I include this character who isn't white, is it diverse enough?" or "if all of my characters are Latino, that qualifies as … Continue reading The Diversity Myth: It’s complex and necessary.