Reflection: Whitney Biennial 2017

The Whitney Biennial 2017 opened up for the public on March 17th. This gallery will be up until June, despite the controversy currently surrounding one of the pieces of artwork. This specific piece of art is an abstract painting called “Open Casket” depicting Emmett Till in his coffin. The majority of the controversy that seems […]

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One Voice, Among a Few, Among Many

Something occurred to me while reading the first few chapters of Sherman Alexie’s award-winning Young Adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Reading Alexie’s pseudo-memoir was the first book in a long time I could remember reading with a Native American protagonist. When I thought about it further, I could maybe […]

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“Take Me Into the Museum and Show Me Myself”: The Development of African American History Museums

“Take me into the museum and show me myself, show me my people, show me soul America.”[i] These words, written by the poet June Jordan expresses the sentiment of why many members of the public do not feel represented in museums. In the 1960s, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, when black scholars […]

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Reflection: ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ and Accepting the Unanswered Questions

Having never studied poetry I was skeptical about comprehending over 300 pages. However, that was not the case. I found Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming moving, enlightening, and challenging. The poems, written from the perspective of a child, but through the reflection of an adult offer a unique insight into the perceptions of black childhood. This […]

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