The Black Collegial Experience

What is the Black Collegial Experience? How is the nature of this experience altered in PWIs?Let’s talk. Please check the "Archive" for a full description of the blog, dated March 16th, 2013, and titled "About The Blog." Instagram: @theblackcollegian

Sister,I face the same struggles any justice-minded individual does when speaking out, although I admit I haven’t been fighting as hard as I am capable. More than one letter to the student paper [the largest audience discussion forum on campus] has been sent [and promptly ignored], though!

The problem is in addressing a nebulous group of microaggressions thought and enacted by a majority of our ~50,000 students. Staging large-scale reactions to what many perceive as small, almost insignificant offenses, marks you as delusional and to be ignored. In discussions about it with my peers I’m accused of “playing the race card,” “making it a big deal,” and [I am] silenced.

The white neo-liberal presence on my campus is strong and dominant and it’s a struggle to create or protect dialogue that challenges it.

meloromantics

In response to Sound Off: Racial Climate.

I go to a small LAC in the north so the climate is generally one full of microagressions from young white liberals who think that just because they learned about ‘White privilege’ in class they’re automatically exempt from perpetrating it. Because they “understand”. It’s annoying but I would say that generally people do make an effort not to be offensive and respond well if you correct them.

deepcotton57821

In response to Sound Off: Racial Climate.

At the University of Florida we’ve had more than one blackface scandal (usually with student athletes) in the three years I’ve been attending. Halloween involves a sea of “Indian princess” costumes, and there’s a lot of hostility and derision directed at our international students and instructors, who are a majority South or East Asian and in STEM programs…

meloromantics

In response to Sound Off: Racial Climate.

I’m entirely interested in people, and also other creatures and beings, but especially in people, and I tend to read them by emotional field more than anything. So I have a special interest in what they’re thinking and who they are and who’s hiding behind those eyes and how did he get there, and what’s the story, really?

—Alice Walker (via ethiopienne)

(Source: ethiopienne, via senzwa)

becomingkarebear:

oluthegreat:

People with “American” or European names don’t feel me when I tell then this is a thing. It’s tough because I love my name so much and it means a lot that my grandmother who I never got to meet named me. I try hard to go by my full name in honor of her. But I’m going to have to change my name so I can get a job.

This is sad.

(Source: sizvideos)

vivaillajams:

vivaillajams:

http://www.gofundme.com/JamillaOkuboParsoTuition

Hello,

My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design. 

I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by  paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans. 

I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.

I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.

USAGE OF FUNDS:

-Tuition: $10,787
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)

ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:

 As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.

It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.

My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself, but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that, 

“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”

A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.

RECENT INTERVIEWS:

OkayAfrica:  http://www.okayafrica.com/news/jamilla-okubo-textiles-paintings/#slide1

AADAT:  www.aadatart.com/interview-jamilla-okubo-on-her-cultural-background-creative-inspirations-and-favourite-things/

Portfolio Website www.jamillaokubo.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/

SPREAD THE WORD TUMBLR FAMILY! I LOVE YALL!

*SIGNAL BOOST THIS PLEASEEEEE*  

TUMBLR FAM. YALL ARE THE REAL MVPS.

IF I HAD ENOUGH HANDS TO MAKE A PAINTING FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION. ESPECIALLY YOU BEAUTIFUL BROWN PEOPLE. COULDN’T HAVE CREATED WHAT I CREATE WITHOUT Y’ALL.