Kelundra Recommends 01.15.21: It’s Time to Reconsider

Inhale and exhale. That is the only life's labor many of us have been able to manage lately. On Jan. 6, the world watched a mostly white crowd protest the results of the presidential election. They broke windows at the U.S. Capitol with the intention of stopping representatives who were certifying the election. To some, it looked like the fall…

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Lessons learned in the first year of a pandemic

How to sum up the year 2020? My writerly self is always dependent on finding the right words. However, this has proven to be a year that is not so easy to tidy up in a sentence. I remember being in New York in January for my graduate school reunion. The weather was unseasonably warm, I had brunch with old…

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The Performative Nature of Video Conferencing is Exhausting

I remember the precise moment I decided I no longer wanted to be an actress. My back was on the floor, chin pointed toward the ceiling with my mouth wide open allowing an indescribable moan to exit my mouth. It was a typical Friday morning in my undergraduate voice class where we practiced Alexander Technique, a method that many stage…

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“You are trapped by your ZIP code”

I grew up in DeKalb County, Georgia most of my life. DeKalb County is home to one of the largest and wealthiest black middle class populations in the country, and has been home to that population for 20+ years. However, in the late 90's and early 2000's, many schools in the southern part of the county became overcrowded and had…

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My thoughts on UO

The University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon video is all over CNN and my timeline on Facebook and Twitter. I have never seen a university react so quickly to anything. Universities are bureaucratic mines where ideas rarely lead to action with any sort of speed. However, I question whether they acted too quickly. The fraternity members were absolutely wrong and…

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Race Reads

Millennials are less tolerant than you think "The fact of the matter is that millennials who are white — that is, members of the group that has always had the most regressive racial beliefs, and who will constitute a majority of U.S. voters for at least another couple of decades — are, on key questions involving race, no more open-minded…

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