BLACK VOICES by Jamison Terry

June 14, 2019

I pondered for some time what I should write about for my last post of the school year. I thought about a post in dedication to black queer folk being excellent, “When They See Us,” or even the importance of protecting black trans women. Those topics will certainly be covered in the near future, but as of now, I would like to dedicate my last post of the year to a group of women extremely dear to my heart: the black girls of t...

May 2, 2019

The pounding drums projecting out of my barely charged phone invites my ears and heart to the black excellence that awaits me. Ever since I was a child, Beyoncé’s unearthly talent has captivated my entire being. She fully embodied the definition of flawless to me. From “Crazy in Love” to “Halo,” her range and dedication never ceased to amaze me. As I aged, my love for Beyoncé never wavered, but the initial wow-factor steadily...

April 18, 2019

At 9:40 p.m. on a Sunday, I found myself sitting with my family in a practically empty theater, munching on an array of harmful yet delicious snacks. We were about to see “Us.” Two years ago, I found myself in the same predicament. I was also in an empty movie theater on Sunday night, but I was about to see “Get Out.” In my opinion, “Get Out” fufilled the perfect formula for a great movie for me: symbolism, abnormality, though...

April 4, 2019

Every Spring Break, the Holton-Arms crew team travels down to South Carolina for a five-day training trip at Camp Bob. The water is pristine; the birds chirp happily; the soft breeze ruffles the confederate flags dotting the shoreline of the lake. I was aware that crew was a primarily white-dominated sport when I joined the team four years ago, and I understood not to expect a lot of racial diversity at events. My love for the...

March 14, 2019

“Problem,” “God is a Woman,” “Imagine” — we’ve all heard these songs, and we all know the face of the songs: Ariana Grande. Ever since she debuted, with her undoubtable vocal talent and her unforgettable character in the hit show “Victorious,” her rise to fame was inevitable. In 2013, she took the world by storm with her album, “Yours Truly.” She captured our hearts as the little, white girl with the big, black voice. In this...

March 2, 2019

On Friday, I whisked away to the Lower School to talk with the fourth graders about hair. Teacher Margo Tintle contacted members of the upper school Black Student Union to talk about Black hair because of the swimming unit soon approaching. I volunteered due to my vivid memories of the dire swimming unit. While our society often likes to joke about black people (especially black girls) and swimming, it does not understand the...

February 13, 2019

This past weekend, I had the honor of participating in a plethora of activities in preparation for Holton’s diversity conference in March. The whole experience of two days were meaningful to say the least, but the question that stood out to me the most asked if we, the participants, “felt safe” in this country. It was a spectrum activity, meaning that one side meant a stronger “yes” and the other side “no.” Immediately, all th...

February 4, 2019

#LivingWhileBlack is not simply a hashtag. The hashtag is a wake up call to the world about harsh realities of being black in such an anti-black climate. It highlights the quotidian disturbing experiences black people encounter for merely existing. The majority of the cases surface if people call the police on black people for nonexistent transgressions. There are many aspects of #LivingWhileBlack, but I will focus on the ince...

November 26, 2018

                 Prior to writing this piece, I wrote a piece on #LivingWhileBlack. Although this is a very important topic, I changed my mind to start my blog by discussing the importance of intersectionality because it is often overlooked or simply unknown. 

                 Kimberlé Crenshaw - a law professor, a leading scholar in race theory, and overall an awesome black woman -...

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