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Dear Obama Family

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Dear Obama Family, I begin this letter already knowing that whatever words I write will not adequately express my gratitude. I can’t believe today is already your last as our First Family. Time has flown by. Your first day was just a heartbeat ago. I was 14 when you first moved into the White House; 18 when you were voted in again to stay. I have so far been alive…

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Solange, A Seat at the Table, and Being Black in America

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This past Friday, Solange released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table. I’ve had three days to listen and re-listen and re-listen again to this project, and my ears and heart are full. To have a seat at the table is to have power and influence; it is to be included and have your opinions heard and validated. A Seat at the Table is Solange’s first LP since 2008, and…

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"Why Couldn't You Just Keep Your Knees Together?" and What Else Upholds Rape Culture

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It’s the same person who says, “Maybe if her dress wasn’t so short, she could have prevented it.” It’s the same person who asks first, “What was she wearing? Was she drunk? Did she lead him on?” It’s the same person who cites someone’s sexual history as a justifier. It’s the same person who dismisses and attributes physically rough behavior to “boys will be boys.” It’s school dress codes, in…

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10 Things a Happily Single Girl Is Tired of Hearing

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Millions, if not billions of singles walk around the planet, and contrary to popular belief, not all of us are looking for love. I am one of the many singles who remain so by choice and are completely satisfied; however, so many people around me are not satisfied for me, and I am bloody weary of hearing the below phrases. Perhaps my fellow singles can relate. 1. “Why are you…

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My Crush Came Out of the Closet

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The names, times, and places have been changed to protect identities and my now lowered self-esteem. I remember the first time I saw Smith. I was riding in a car; he was riding in another. I immediately thought he was attractive, but forgot about him just as quickly. I didn’t think about him again until I saw him later that week. I didn’t know his name or who he was that week.…

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Why Good Girls Like Bad Boys

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Warning: The following post contains stereotypes and overgeneralizations. So you’re a good girl who likes bad boys, but you don’t know why. You know he’s no good for you, but you date him anyway. You don’t understand. But before you start smoking, drinking, and wearing leather, let me share five reasons why bad boys are irresistible and why you should resist. Steve Boyd by Ryan Orange Bad boys are hot. Let’s be…

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In Honor of Clay York

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Today, I mourn the loss of a dear friend named Clay. I met Clay over three years ago in Los Angeles, California. He was such a beautiful soul. He was full of effervescence, and he gave life and positive energy to everybody around him. Clay was “groomed for greatness,” as his father puts it. He was ready to change the world and inspired others to do the same. It’s crazy…

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"Don't Get Ahead of Me"

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This story was my first publication outside of NIA SPEAKS. “Don’t Get Ahead of Me” was published as the cover story last December in Insight Magazine, an international magazine for high school and college-age Christians. My father rushed down the stairs, faster than I’ve ever seen him run before. He was out of there. Gone. In the middle of Detroit. And I knew he wasn’t going to stop until he…

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Why I Hate Being a Writer

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Being a writer is so bizarre in its own kind of way. I, personally, am kind of bizarre – especially when I’m writing. I’m part philosopher, part hobo, part artist, and part weirdo – all Nia. When I’m in my writing spells, I wear long, past-my-knees sweaters. I drink tea (well, I always drink tea), and, if I have to go into society and come back, I’ll drink the same…

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Dealing With the You You Hate

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We all are awesome. Regardless of our awesomeness, we all have some part or parts of us that we hate. We hate how we look. We hate a certain characteristic we have. We hate some of the things we’ve done. I deal with the Nia I hate on the regular. I like myself overall; but I hate that I’m a procrastinator, I hate that my gums are black, I hate that…

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