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The Underrep’d Experiences are a collection of stories, confessions and articles written by black students at PWI’s. Through these different lenses, hopefully you can engage, empower and educate others! You got a story to tell?

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What Happens After 2AM
What Happens After 2 AM *Cues OutKast’s SpottieOttieDopaliscious* | By: Mariah Johnson | The Sugar Shack, the early 1970s, by Ernie Barnes   Now, I know I can’t be the only one that notices the anxiety floating in the air once a bar/club is about to close around 2AM.  It’s like Deja Vu when the DJ cuts the music to slow R&B hits and the lights come on.  In my opinion... 2 AM bears the stench of angst and upheaval.  It lingers on the breath of liquid courage and can be seen as beads of sweat dripping down from foreheads.  Young men and young women have just experienced a taste of the nightlife.  As the DJ cuts to some of the most sensuous slow jams, ...
The Impossibility of Justice Without Faith
The Impossibility of Justice Without Faith "I no longer believe we can 'win' justice simply by filing lawsuits, flexing our political muscles or boosting voter turnout. Without a moral or spiritual awakening, we will remain forever trapped in political games fueled by fear, greed and the hunger for power...This is not simply a legal problem, or a political problem, or a policy problem. At its core, America's journey from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration raises profound moral and spiritual questions about who we are, individually and collectively, who we aim to become, and what we are willing to do now." - Michelle Alexander   In September of 2016, Michelle Alexander resigned from her position as a professor of law at the Ohio State ...
Everybody’s Dying In the Summer; 5 Things Black People Need More Of
Everybody’s Dying In the Summer; 5 Things Black People Need More Of   Intercessors Song, by Steve Prince “...so pray to God for a little more spring” I think we’re all just tired.  Not only of illegitimate policing tactics, policy driven racism, and the disproportionate amounts of blacks being incarcerated, but because our efforts in trying to fight this sick world always seem to fall through the cracks.  I think a lot of us are feeling like our voices are running hoarse; that if we take to the streets, what the hell is that going to do for us. It’s time for a new revolution.  A new way of doing things and a new way of thinking, whatever that may mean; I’m just here to ...
EXHALE
EXHALE Originally a note to self.   Seriously, Exhale.   I’m writing this to the person tightly closed in a bud; for the individual bounded by fear and planted in a soil enriched by your tears.  Here’s a word for you, bloom.   Assumptions of failure are toxic to the soul. In other words, what hasn’t even happened yet is unnecessary stress we cause ourselves.  Such mindsets are what hold us back from chasing after any dream.  Instead we spend all our time preparing; preparing to be ready to take that next step off the cliff because we don’t know whether we’ll fly or fall.  Problem is, people will spend their ENTIRE LIFE “in preparation”.   So seriously, just exhale.   Push it out from ...
Midwest Poetry Pt. 2
  Siri Imani From Cincinnati, Ohio, Siri Imani speaks nothing but truth.  I’ve seen her perform multiple times and each time she has graced the stage, she paints her reality so vividly to her audience.  She is  captivating when she speaks and commands attention just by how she performs.  She is a member of the group, Blvck Seeds, which is a collective of 3 other creatives seeking to promote positive urban culture.  She is also involved within local schools sharing the culture.  Shoutout to Siri Imani for being unique and an extraordinary poet. Facebook: @SiriImaniartistpage Twitter: @Siri_Imani IG: @Siri_Imani   Harold Green Chicago native, Harold Green, is one of the most profound poets I’ve encountered.  Before seeing him perform live, I heard him first on ...
The Art of Code-Switching
The Art of Code-Switching | Examining the phenomenon of modifying one's language, behavior, appearance, etc. to adapt to sociocultural norms: By Darius Beckham | Formerly conceptualized as double consciousness by W.E.B Du Bois in his classical work, The Souls of Black Folk, code-switching has proven to be an integral and significant practice among black Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, blacks constitute 14% of the nation’s total population and 22% of the nation’s total college educated population. Clearly, African Americans are a minority. As a result, blacks often find themselves feeling professionally and academically isolated. Code-switching is the only defense. Despite popular belief, it is not conformation. However, it is the temporary adaptation of black customs to white spaces. It is the conscious act of forcing oneself ...