• For The Culture,  Writing

    The Colors of Gumbo

    My lineage traces all the way back to the strawberry fields of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and because of that, every Thanksgiving, my family and I have to make gumbo. When my grandmother makes gumbo, it’s like magic. The house comes alive with spices, laughter, and stories of moments long gone. In memory of these special memories of Thanksgiving with my family, I wrote a short story about how my grandmother first learned to make gumbo from her late mother, who we affectionately dub, “Mawmaw.”  The Colors of Gumbo  By Tyler Newman The old book was dusty and seemed to sigh as Mawmaw heaved it off the top shelf of her kitchen. “Diane,” she…

  • Press

    Press: Sixty Seconds Magazine

    I am super excited to announce that Afro Puff Chronicles has just recently been featured in an article for 60 Seconds Magazine. (guys we’ve made it!) According to their website, 60 Seconds Magazine combines facets of traditional journalism with the fast-paced online world of today by providing readers with a media outlet that delivers news, trends, and lifestyle articles in sixty seconds or less. Thank you again Samhitha for the beautiful piece! Read below or visit 60 Seconds to view the story! ‘Afro Puff Chronicles’ & Community: Tyler Newman   “Ever since I was five, I’ve been surrounded by white people.” Sitting across from me over a classic cup of hot chocolate,…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Writing

    What are You?

    Growing up mixed race in America can be hard, especially when it comes to understanding what it means to be made up of a mix of different and often conflicting identities. In this beautiful poem, Priya Mosher discusses her experience being both African American and Asian.   What Are You? “But really, what are you?” they ask after I say I’m American a nervous smile crawling across their lips like spiders as they fiddle uncomfortably with the calluses on their fingers afraid to offend, to let their tongue slip out the wrong words, wrong terms, wrong wrong wrong is anything ever right?   What are you? As if I’m some…

  • Travel

    A Love Note to Thailand

    During the summer of 2017, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend two weeks in Udon Thani, Thailand, participating in service projects through a travel company called Rustic Pathways. My travel buddy, Kaia Baker, and I would agree that those two weeks changed our lives forever. Before the trip, my family and all my relatives threw me a going away breakfast in DC. I remember how hesitant my grandmother was to let me go; the 8,556 miles from Thailand to where I lived in New Jersey, stretched out like a lifetime between us. But, before long, I was on a flight headed towards the adventure of a lifetime. Now, looking back more…

  • Art,  Writing

    A Constant Amid Change

    Meet Annie Li. A freshman at Emory University, Annie is a gifted photographer and journalist. Inspired by the constant action and the diverse people that make up Washington Square Park, Annie wrote the following piece during a program called The Urban Journalism Workshop in New York City this summer. See the UJW site to view Annie’s stunning photo essay.  Back when Victoria Larkin was growing up, the rent her single mom—a part-time actress and liquor store cashier—paid for the family’s Upper West Side apartment was $340. Today, it’s $4,000. “Somebody like her could never make it here, now,” fiftysomething Larkin said of her working-class mother. “And that is just happening through…

  • Art

    Bullets & Textbooks

    On March 14th, 2018, thousands of highschoolers exited classrooms and school doors for the National Walkout. Evanston Township Highschool in Illinois was no exception, even holding an anti-gun violence forum with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool students that day. Liana Wallace, a fiery activist, and exceptional writer encapsulated the mood of the walkout with a powerful poem that she performed for hundreds of her peers and teachers. Watch her video below to experience the true magic of spoken word.  

  • International Voices

    Imagine all the People

    Xianting is a student at Brookstone Highschool in Georgia. Moving across the world to a new country can be hard, not to mention experiencing overwhelming prejudice once you arrived. Let’s dive into her story. Three years ago, I moved to Georgia from Guangzhou China with mounting excitement and curiosity to experience “Southern life”. But instead, I experienced judgment, misunderstanding and was truly mocked for the first time of my life. Due to this, I began to contemplate the pressing need for communication between classes, races, parties. My past has given me the strength to share my own thoughts and experiences about diversity. The town in which I live is predominately…

  • Travel

    A Trip to China

    Taylor Madison is a freshman at Rutgers University. She is the founder of the successful blog talkthatcurl, which is a place for curly hair, wellness, cooking, travel, and a little bit of blacktivisim! (I’m a supporter and active reader, so be sure to check it out!) This year Taylor took a life-changing trip to China. Let’s see what this meant to her! This past summer, I had the opportunity to study abroad and travel across the world to China. I studied and lived in China for almost four weeks. I went to Xi’an, Shanghai, and Beijing. Traveling to China was a dream come true—I’ve been wanting to travel to China ever since…

  • Keepin' It Real,  Mental Health

    I am Hannah Hurr

    Hannah Hurr is a senior at Ridgewood Highschool in New Jersey. She is a talented journalist as well as a musician! Let’s dive into Hannah’s inspiring story.  Approximately 5.4% of the U.S. population identifies as Asian American or Pacific Islander. Of those, over 13% have had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year. That is over 2.2 million people. The overall suicide rate for Asian Americans is half that of the non-Hispanic White population, yet Asian American students are still more likely to fatally harm themselves. I was born in Hawaii, lived in Korea with my grandparents, and then moved to the tri-state area (where the rest of my…