• 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

    “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…

  • For The Culture

    Food, Family, and Traditions: A Singaporean-American Chinese Lunar New Year

    Though Chinese New Year has drawn to a close, APC community member Natasha Wan wanted to share what this special holiday means to her and how it connects to her Singaporean-American identity: The world of Chinese New Year is very different than the everday hustle and bustle of Singapore. Cousins run around, aunts gossip, and uncles do what uncles do best: eat food and talk politics. When I was young, I would visit Singapore every year for a whole month during this time and meet up with relatives and friends for weeks of food, celebration, and laughter! I would get to see my baby cousins, and play with my lifelong…

  • 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…

  • 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…