• Keepin' It Real

    “Different”

    Hey everyone, my name is Jannat Chaudry and I’m a staff writer for APC. This piece I have written is an exploration of what it’s like to be different Be different; Be unique; Be yourself. These are quotes that girls all around the world grow up hearing and they start believing are true. That is, until a girl actually steps into her difference and actively lives a life where she embraces all the aspects of herself. Then, difference becomes dangerous. Honestly, it’s not all glitz and glamour being different. It’s hard and exhausting. Anybody who is different in any sort of way may understand this feeling; the feeling of standing…

  • 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,…

  • Press

    Princeton Prize in Race Relations Certificate of Achievement

    Hi APC, it’s Tyler Newman. Tuesday evening I had the amazing opportunity to accept a Certificate of Achievement from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for my work in diversity and equity. Among the several projects of which I was being recognized for, was Afro Puff Chronicles. I wanted to take the time to thank all of you in the APC community for being active supporters of this space. Being involved with Afro Puff Chronicles has changed my life in multiple ways, from making me more confident and purposeful with my life, to become more educated about the diverse lives and experiences of other young women in the world. I…

  • Music & Podcasts

    A Song for You

    Hi, I’m Ume/Sheizaf! I’m half Chinese, half Moroccan Israeli and I’ve lived in Japan my whole life. I’m a singer-songwriter! I’ve always had identity and self-acceptance issues and music has always been there for me, helping me forget about my problems, giving me confidence. Because of music, I learned to love myself. I want my music to help and inspire other women, let them know they’re not alone, and to help them learn to love themselves. I’m releasing my first album in July. I’m super excited about it and I hope you all will love it too! Stay tuned by following my Instagram @sheizaf.ume.

  • 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…