Okay, so, really exciting news…
I am a contributor for The Tempest, a platform ran by millennial women on a global scale sharing diverse stories. Their former target audience was Muslim women, and then they expanded it, and it’s pretty awesome that they did!
They truly are an open platform. The first article I read of one of their contributors was about how she studied Islam and recognized her Christian privilege. Since then, I have read stories on their platform from contributors outside of this country, trans women, Middle Eastern women, black women, a couple of mixed race women, and more.
I’ll be writing for their Politics and Race Section, mostly on mixed race identity. We’ll see where this goes and see what else I’ll write about!
I am so honored to be a contributor. My first piece will be live tomorrow!
You can either stay updated on their website http://thetempest.co/ or their Twitter handle @WeAreTheTempest.
During my freshman year, I had an English Project where we were assigned to write a research paper on a common belief. I chose to write mine on the common belief of creativity being able to be taught, where I agreed that one can be taught to express their creativity, but not creativity itself.
Writing that paper, researching about creativity is a unique, innate thing, and how it can be used as a source of healing, moved me to change my primary major from sociology to social work, while keeping my secondary major, English.
A few months ago, I received an email from The Lookout, my university’s undergraduate research magazine, saying they were accepting submissions. I asked whether or not it had to be one this year, and they said to submit whatever I had. I submitted two papers, and the one that I wanted in there the most got accepted!
The link is here if you would like to take a look at all of the awesome research: http://issuu.com/lookout_2014/docs/lookout_2015
It’s so great that there’s research in there that students are actually passionate about in this issue.
This year is my second year published in my university’s Expressions Magazine, a literary/arts magazine representing minorities on campus. The issues keep getting better and better, and I have more pieces in it this year! Yes! There are some pieces you guys may recognize, such as “Girl at Mirror” and “Enough.” I decided to submit those two poems. I also submitted a poem called “Living with Depression” that I will upload on here eventually, and a short story called “What Are You?” which I will upload as well. It’s a really good semester, being published a lot. I’m really proud of myself.
I’m also proud of being part of an ongoing project called The 100% Mixed Show. It’s a YouTube channel that accepts video submissions about various people from around the world growing up mixed race. Other videos on there about questions about mixed race heritage are on their channel as well. Here is my submission, if you would like to check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxzcxsLHRpc. Also, check out other people’s stories! And, if you would like to submit, the guidelines are right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVRQ4g2YU98 (if you’re worried about editing, they can edit it for you).
I’m gonna make a post about another publication, which you will have to find out more about by reading that post once it’s out.
It’s been a pretty good few weeks.