• Writing

    Literature Therapy

        Hey APC fam! My name is Genesis Johnson and I am nineteen years old from Miami, Florida. My heritage is Jamaican, Bahamian and African American. As a woman of color, highlighting the emotional and radical journeys of young and old people of color propels my work to a level I can’t even describe. Literature Therapy was published in February of 2018 and an experimental movement show based on the book was produced during the same year. Literature Therapy is an empathy practice I created which involves active listening and creating a poem based off of another person’s experience. After publishing my first book, I realized that true art is an…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    High up in the Ivory Tower

    Hi APC! I’m Francesca, and I live on College Confidential. You laugh, but it’s true: the uncharted wilderness of this website is like when the ruthless contributors of Reddit meet a Wikipedia wormhole. Specifically, I find myself drawn to the terrifying, mesmerizing, and strangely addictive world of the Ivy Leagues.  I am awed by how videos of Harvard acceptance letters go viral on YouTube, how celebrities pay small fortunes to ensure their childrens’ admission, and how those infamous single-digit acceptance rates haunt thousands of high schoolers every year.  Now, let me first make a disclaimer. I neither love nor despise the Ivies; I’m just… fascinated by them. If the college…

  • Writing

    Melanin Mystique

    Hi APC, my name is Dulanda Saintcyr! Although “Melanin Mystique” is a poem I wrote in the seventh grade, it is a piece that holds true to me today. It has taken me years to love, accept, and cherish my melanin. With this piece, I hope to inspire and encourage other Black women and girls to do the same.   I am a melanin mystique. I live in my skin without fear of critique, for my skin glistens in the sun like an autumn leaf. I love my skin beyond belief. I am a melanin mystique. My skin can be as light as graham cracker crust to as dark as the…

  • Writing

    To Be a “Lady”

    Hello, it’s staff writer Isa Dominguez here! I’m so excited to share the following narrative that I wrote called To Be a Lady, which explores the role of gender norms in American society and how they impact a female’s relationship with the word “no”. Enjoy! She waved at him, rushing into the garage, thank God that ten-minute workout’s done – “Wait!” His eyes—there was always something strange in them—burned into her. “Can’t we go into your pool?” Immediately, her gut tensed, her mind whispered, No, no, NO, don’t you dare let him in, not without anyone home. We can come up with som- “Sure,” she sighed. At a young age,…

  • Writing

    One Lap at a Time

    Hello APC! My name is Kouri Peace and I am an incoming freshman at the University of Florida. I have been doing track ever since I was seven years old. I have always been pretty fast and I find it thrilling to compete against other fast girls. The very first year I ran in a race, I made it to the Junior Olympics! After that day, I knew that running could end up changing my life if I continued to work hard at improving my times. At my high school, I was the only black girl on the track team. It made me feel so special when I would win…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    What is Justice?

    Hi! My name is Ava Burroughs and I am a 6th grader at Kent Place School. Below is a story I have written about how I started to get involved in activism and question what justice means to me! “Daddy, what is that? Why do you look so proud? Why is that lady crying? Why do they have their fists in the air?” Asked a little-mixed girl with hair like spun sugar while tugging at a picture of her grandfather. The picture depicted a civil rights march. A march to make it so there could be such a thing as a little-mixed girl and her mixed father. “Daddy answer me…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health,  Writing

    Dad

    When you’re young, you feel invincible. Your world seems elevated and tinged with gold on the edges. But then something happens and your eyes are opened to the fine line between life and death that you walk so innocently each day. It happened on a Sunday. I was about to go to tennis practice. “Hurry, you’re going to be late!” My mom announced above the beats of 103.5 radio. I was in the bathroom, struggling to pull my cloud of curls into a neat bun. It was Sunday, August 26th, 2018 and the embers of summer shinned hot that morning. I wished summer would never end. The stairs creaked slowly…

  • International Voices,  Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    On Gender Issues In Zimbabwe

    Hello everyone! Before I begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Bekezela and I am 17 years old. I am a born Zimbabwean of Zulu origin. But most importantly, in terms of this article, I am female. Being female and commenting on gender issues in Zimbabwe can be difficult. Difficult because like every other female in my country, my experience has been, for the most part, terrible. To put it simply, Zimbabwe (the land I love beyond what can be explained) has a big gender issue. It is a sexist nation that has since the beginning of time put excessive effort into glorifying the male. Misogyny runs deep…

  • Hair & Beauty,  Writing

    Masks We Wear

    Introducing Katya Avila, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood Highschool. Growing up can be hard, especially with the ever present beauty standards set by the media and society. Katya shares with us her experience growing up Chinese-Filipino, seeing little representation of women like herself in the beauty industry around her. When flipping through pages of any style and beauty magazine, it’s easy to be drawn into the advertisements promoting the newest “peachy pink” eyeshadow palette or “skin perfecting” foundation, or really any cosmetics shown on the shiny pages. They feature beautiful women with flawless glowing faces and sparkling eyes, telling people that with this new product, they’ll be perfect too.  …

  • Misc,  Writing

    The Story Within

    Meet Grace Rivera, musical enthuiast and acting powerhouse. I was simply blown away hearing Grace’s music; read her story below to be awed by her talent too! Music has and forever will be my favorite form of storytelling. We are constantly surrounded by it. The day I discovered theatre, my perspective on sharing stories changed. Not only can you use music and dance, but you can also use acting to tell your story. The first musical I ever saw was The Lion King.  To me, it wasn’t just the famous animated Disney movie we all know and love, but it was about discovering your true potential and immersing yourself in…

  • Misc,  Writing

    Looking Back on 2018

    In honor of the new year, staff writer Jasmine Simmons decided to pay tribute to all the women of 2018 that made her year special. Serena Williams ¨I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right. You owe me an apology.¨ Serena Williams is known as a world renowned tennis player and one of the most dominant athletes of all time. She is known for her grace, power, and resilience. However, this past September at the US Open during the finals the referee made some calls that she felt questioned her integrity. He gave her multiple penalties, one for receiving coaching, another for smashing her racket, and then a…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    Branches

    Did I mention that besides being an amazing artist, Jiji is a natural writer? Yes, Jiji is back with another piece, this time about her childhood attempting to understand her mixed-race and queer identity. Read her piece below for a thought-provoking coming of age story. I am far from my mother’s tree, yet I’m the roots of her tree, keeping her grounded. I am a constant reminder of how her family has developed, how deep the roots go and how high the branches reach. The fusion of cultures celebrated in my home was an environment molded solely by my mother. My mother passed on her eyes to me, her unique lens…