If you tell me I can’t feed you, it’s like you’re telling me I can’t hug you

By Sandra, as told to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

I’I’m Korean American. My family came here back in the ’70s, so I carry an intense amount of very Korean traits, and a lot of American traits, and a lot of traits that have nothing to do with either culture…

Tell Me Who You Are

I figured I could work hard and get what I earned; my advisor had different plans

By Shermaine, as told to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

AsAs a kid growing up in Washington D.C., I made the connection between hard work and academic achievement, and how these things can change your socioeconomic status. I told myself: “If I work hard enough, I will achieve my dreams.”…

Tell Me Who You Are

My family didn’t put any kind of gender norms on me, because our language doesn’t allow for it

By Ahyoka, as told to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

I’I’m a Keetoowah Cherokee, full-blooded on my mother’s side, though I’m light-skinned and light-eyed. At 27 years old, I’m one of the youngest first-language Cherokee speakers, since we spoke only Cherokee at home. As a kid, I didn’t know people…

Tell Me Who You Are

When I was 16, our predominantly Black softball team played the state championship in Harrison, home of the KKK

By Juanenna, as told to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

LLittle Rock is a good ol’ boy city, and Arkansas is a good ol’ boy state. That means: White-male dominated, run, and operated. Old money controls everything, and all old money is probably rooted in something wrong. Matter of fact…

Tell Me Who You Are

The foundation of all American music — blues, bluegrass, swamp grass, and everything else — is African music traditions

By Queen Esther, as told to Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

PPeople are caught up in the fantasy of the Whiteness of country music. It’s just White, White, Whitey White White, and it’s something that they think belongs to them. Well, it doesn’t.

I came up with Black Americana in…

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