Time to leave, not yet ready to go–A bucket list

Columbia is and will always be home. The people. The sights. The sounds. The community that’s been behind me every step of the way. There are so many incredible things about home that I know cannot be emulated or duplicated anywhere. And yet, my time here is coming to a close. In April I finally…

I see you: International Women’s Day 2018

I spend a lot of time talking about the women in my life on an everyday basis who are doing incredible, powerful things. I’ve been fortunate to learn from some of the amazing difference makers, story tellers, lamp-bearers, and activists. But one of the women who has made the biggest difference in my activism journey…

15 Going on Fat: A Tale of Two Dresses

The store was unusually dark, but it was just lit enough for me to see rows and rows of beautiful dresses. I was just weeks away from turning 16. I had a cake, a venue, invitations, everything I needed but a dress. My mother (who swears I was the birthday version of a Bridezilla) and…

I was wrong. 

A few weeks ago I wrote that I didn’t want to be invited to any more vigils. That I was tired of them. That I wanted action. Fast forward to 45’s announcement that he wanted to do away with DACA. I thought about all the people in my life who might end up hundreds or…

What we want.

Just know that years from now, when the history books tell this story, you’ll be the people in the picture yelling at the Little Rock 9 to go home. The photos of rope lynchings, will be juxtaposed by videos of the beatings of protestors fighting for their lives…

2017–Words to live by for the new year.

give more than you take.live out loud and unafraid.dream by night.create by day. self-love is the key to happiness. happiness is the key to joy. joy is the secret to survival. emotions are never invalid.you have the right to be exactly who you are. Apologize when it’s the right thing to do–not when it’s what you were…

An I Love You Wrapped in Fear

Church was ending. The benediction had been given, the closing song was sung and people were beginning to gather. I was doling out the requisite hugs and pleasantries when he came running to me. The moment was all too familiar. But something about that day was different. There was a seriousness to him that hadn’t…

We Made History! (and I don’t mean Hillary Clinton)

In all the excitement over Hillary Clinton, we let it go unnoticed that someone else made history. Freddie Gray just became the first person to commit his own homicide. Now, I know you’re thinking, “when people kill themselves it’s suicide.” Well, you’re right. But Freddie Gray didn’t kill himself. He died at the hands of police. And today, after several…

We Shall Overcome

Last night when I tried to sleep, I couldn’t. I couldn’t stop crying, which makes sleep difficult. When I finally drifted off to sleep I was jolted awake by what I thought were gunshots. I was literally gasping for air trying to escape. Every time this happens I get mad. We cry, we hold vigils,…

What we deserve

I’ve attached the link to the letter I wrote to the daily gamecock about why USC 2020Vision is necessary. This was published the day of the protest. What we deserve