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How Do I Fit?

I’ll never forget the day when I was made to realize that I am black in a predominantly white environment. It was spring 2006, I was leaving 8th grade to enter 9th so I had to find a new school. I found a great school, Holy Innocents Episcopal High School in Atlanta and visited on a Shadow Day to see what the school day was like. The day was pretty normal, we had English class, Science class, free periods and all the normal high school things that happen. This day was different though, this was the day I truly learned that my skin made a difference in how people viewed my abilities and me.  A student asked me, ​“What sport do you play?” ​“I play basketball and run...

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Open Minds create Open Hearts

Welcome back Community Members, We are back with our new blog series called "MinorityStatus:Known" where we tackle the moment(s) where we realized we are indeed black in a predominantly white environment and how did we deal with it whether it is from being open minded or being told you were the sole reason a whole basketball team would be better. This is not only a place to hear stories but a place to come receive advice and know this is a place you can relate to. Enjoy this first post by Zane Trott:   My situation may be a little different because I had gone to predominately black schools and grown up in the same environment since I was in...

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Collective Village

Sorry for the wait but we are back again with our last installment for "Community Promotes Love". Dr. Ikeranda Smith is back again with a great post speaking about the Collective Village and how sometimes our villages are not intentionally made but by mere chance. We always have to remain open because we never know who is watching, listening or inspire by us.    “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb The older I get the more I value introspective exchanges around navigating how to integrate my purpose in life with a meaningful career. Being an educated person of color has taught me to rely comprehensively on my...

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Happy Mother's Day!!!

Status:Melanated wants to take this blog post and dedicate to the queens of our communities, our mothers. They have the hardest jobs in the world. They giveus the greatest gift in life. They sacrifice so much to make sure we are set up for greatness. They teach us right from wrong. They make sure we don't forget our homework. They make sure we are happy before they make themselves happy. So as daughters, sons, and significant others, we have to make sure our mothers are always shown appreciation for their hard work and sacrifices that we can't even begin to think about. Status:Melanated wants their community members to take time out of your schedule to give your mom a call,...

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Putting the Pieces Together

Building the right community is like putting a puzzle together. If you put all the right pieces together then you create this beautiful image together that you worked hard to create. But like a puzzle, it takes time and patience to put together. You will put the wrong pieces together and try to force them to work but it is important to swallow your ego and be willing to take a step back and look for the right pieces. I was luck I put the right pieces around me together because they would help me become better then I probably would've been. Those pieces, that community, were my best friends ranging from elementary school to high school. Also playing sports...

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