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Dating at a PWI- Observations from a Dark-Skin Black Woman

As soon as you pull out your room key and freshly printed Brown ID card from the small beige-colored envelope, there seems to be a mad dash to find companionship, “catch-up” on the sexual experience that everyone else seems to have, and find the elusive “one true love” to spend…

We Need to Talk About Critical Race Theory in Schools

Earlier this year, Florida’s Senate Education Committee approved a bill named “Individual Freedom” that would “prohibit Florida’s public schools and private businesses from making people feel ‘discomfort’ or ‘guilt’ based on their race, sex or national origin”. This bill comes as a response to recent debates about the teaching of…

COVID-19 in Prisons: The Tale of Two Pandemics

In the context of mask mandates being relaxed on College Hill, it is vital to consider how COVID-19 continues to greatly affect people who have less privilege than the average Brown University student. This disparity extends not only to low-income and immunocompromised people, but those who are often the intersection…

NFL Lawsuit Reveals the Racial Power Structures that Still Dominate Black Performance

On Tuesday February 1, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a class action lawsuit against three NFL teams for discrimination in hiring practices and raising larger questions about the role of white power structures in furthering racism. Flores was fired by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on January 10,…

The Story of Pervis Payne: Becoming Proximate to Freedom in the Afterlife of Slavery

On November 23, 2021, Pervis Payne was removed from death row after being incarcerated for 34 years on the basis of having an intellectual disability, rather than his actual innocence in a case where he was accused of two counts of first degree murder and one count of assault with…