Education

College: Responsibility and Adulthood

In terms of college, whose obligation is it to maximize the student’s’ experience?

Both the student and the institution have an obligation to maximize the student’s experience, however, most of the responsibility (60%) rests on the institution. No, this isn’t a “college is a scam” piece. It’s not necessarily fair to say that college is a scam, but American colleges (professors, administrators, career counselors, etc.) can do better in terms of understanding the obligation they have to their students.  Continue reading

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Culture, Entertainment

A Case for the Kardashians

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve loved the Kardashians for a long time.

It wasn’t until a year ago that I began to vocalize my love for the Kardashians. For years, I hid my religious binge watching of KUWTK and subsequent spinoffs. I could care less now, but the Imani of a few years ago feared the judgement that ensued if I would have told someone that I loved the Kardashians.

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Life

Why So Jealous?!

I like observing successful people, especially the ones that manage to enjoy their success without sacrificing their humility. Lately, this has manifested itself as my preoccupation with YouTube. For hours, I can watch “lifestyle” YouTubers share their lives while their expensive bags and luxury condos exist as accessories in the background. These types of videos usually come with a disclaimer.
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Life

I’m Privileged

Conversations about privilege in America tend to revolve around race, and more recently around gender. Although privilege is defined by Merriam-Webster as,“a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others,” years of conditioning as a black American female, I (admittedly) understand privilege one-dimensionally. For me, privilege’s connotative definition is about race and occasionally about gender. White privilege. Male privilege. Privileges I don’t have, so therefore I don’t have privileges. An incredibly ignorant and flawed way of thinking, right? This didn’t become obvious to me until recently.  

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Politics

NBC News/YouTube #DemDebate

The #DemDebate ended a few minutes ago and it was substantive and informative. Prior to this debate, I didn’t know if I stood with Hillary or felt the Bern. After this debate, I still don’t know if I stand with Hillary or feel the Bern. The #DemDebate was good humored and offered a few laughs (mostly at the expense of O’Malley – why was he there, again?). The spirited two hour debate reminded me that although dense and complex, American politics isn’t boring and there’s something for everyone to be invested in.

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Entertainment, Race

Validation, Recognition, & #OscarsSoWhite

The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has reemerged for the 2016 Oscar Awards season! This past Thursday on January 14th, the nominations for 88th Academy Awards (aka The Oscars) were announced.

Guess what? There is no black representation among the nominees. Yes, Straight Outta Compton was nominated for WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, but the Straight Outta Compton screenplay was written by two white people, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff. 

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