Musings (A Student Blog)

Musings is a blog featuring the writings of Medgar Evers College students from the English department. On a regular basis, they contribute essays that address a variety of topics ranging from pop culture to Black literature. Please read and enjoy...leave a comment, too! We'd love to hear from you.

A Tribute to John Oliver Killens

By Adeola Adeniyi | Classic black writers like Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker and more contemporary authors such as Paul Beatty, Marlon James, and Kiese Laymon are very popular black writers, and are artists...
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My Discovery of John Oliver Killens

By Shamya Hill | Before the Center for Black Literature’s September 16 event, I did not know anything about John Oliver Killens. I had never even heard his name. A quick google search showed me he was an African American...
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Learning about John Oliver Killens

By Sashagale Moore | If you missed the Center for Black Literature's virtual event, The Minister Primarily: A Testament to the Legacy of John Oliver Killens last week, you missed a highly informative and engaging event. The event was a...
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A Little Money Aside (Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic)

Before COVID-19, I was a full-time student and worked part-time in retail to provide for myself and assist with household bills. When the pandemic hit, I wasn't prepared financially in terms of saving for a 'rainy day.' I had some...
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Groundhog Day (Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic)

The hilarious Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, where he played a weatherman who becomes stuck in a time loop and must repeat the same day over, has been a favorite film of mine for the last twenty years, and is...
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Being An Introvert: A Blessing and a Curse (Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic)

The Coronavirus has dealt a terrible and scarily impactful blow to humanity and society. What was once considered normal is now mostly considered taboo. Granted, currently, with the vaccine making its way worldwide and reaching more and more people, life...
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Take Nothing for Granted (Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic)

In a world where physical touch happens daily, from a long hug to a simple handshake to a kiss shared between one and their partner, Covid 19 turned the world we know upside down. Suddenly, we were stripped of touching...
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Rosa Parks: Bus Boycott, Civil Rights & Facts

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) helped start the civil rights movement in the United States in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Rosa Parks’s actions inspired leaders of the Black...
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Attachment Styles in Love

The importance of self-awareness presents itself in everyday scenarios. It is highlighted in the way we react in restricting circumstances, the way we interact with others, and the amount of care we offer ourselves. When we are confident in knowing...
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Response to the NBWC Biennial Symposium 2021

On Saturday, March 27, 2021, The Center for Black Literature held a symposium celebrating the lives, and artistic contributions to literature, of the late Paule Marshall and John A. Williams. “They Cried I Am: The Life and Work of Paule...
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Book Review: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid is narrated in the first person through Annie’s eyes, who looks back on her coming of age as an adult. The spirited Annie John who is inseparable from her doting mother, has an idyllic childhood...
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How Roller Skating Retains Harmony During Impromptu Times

Promoting unity for the springtime. Flowers’ blooming, trees growing and singing in the wind. The days grow longer, warmer, and sunnier while animals come out of hibernation. This is how spring looks and feels in most areas of the world. But in 2021...
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On Being Questioned If the Theory of Hereditary is Real or Not

Does the food that was given to Blacks’ during slavery play a part in our health? On a sunny day in New York, while visiting Rockaway Beach with my Co-worker, we started to have a conversation about the theory of...
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Our First Lady Michelle Obama

“Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear”- Michelle Obama...
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Subjects That High Schoolers Should Be Taught

Analyzing how public city schools are preparing students for adulthoods Tax, Logical, Financial, and Career classes are subjects that I wish I've taken when going to a public city school. Most classes I have taken in high school have not...
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Will a Post-Racial America Ever Exist? A discussion about the 21st century.

The meaning of Post-Racial America is defined as being a theoretical environment in the United States of America. This in an environment that is free from prejudice, discrimination, and racial preference. Post-Racial America was first mentioned in the New York...
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Stimulating the Economy

MoneyBaggJoe said “It’s a bandemic.” What does this even mean? Well, firstly, the word “band” translates to $1,000. Secondly, many middle class Americans have been celebrating the new COVID relief bill by associating the president to young rappers who often...
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Invest in Yourself

I’d probably be rich if I had a dollar for every time someone advised me to invest in myself without explaining what exactly I should do. I experience the same phenomenon when I ask a singer how to sing and...
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5 Books By Black Female Authors Every Man Should Read For National Women’s Month

We can say "peace on earth." We can sing about it, preach about it or pray about it, but if we have not internalized the mythology to make it happen inside us, then it will not be – Betty Shabazz...
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The Power of Music

Picture yourself waking up on the wrong side of the bed. You spend all night running from repressed memories, and the feelings linger into reality. As you melt into your mattress you realize the time for labor is steadily approaching...
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