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Life and Death in “Chocolate Babies”

Life and Death in “Chocolate Babies”

Matt Randolph ‘16  This article is an excerpt from an original blog post by the author. It is part of a larger blog series of academic reflections for Professor Polk’s “Black Sexualities” Course at Amherst College. “In the 1996 film “Chocolate Babies,” directed by Stephen Winter, one of the […]

The Denial of Black Manhood and The Silence of Black Womanhood

The Denial of Black Manhood and The Silence of Black Womanhood

Matt Randolph ‘16 The following article is part of a blog series of academic reflections for Professor Polk’s “Black Sexualities” Course at Amherst College.  n my previous blog, I wrote about how enrolling in the “Black Sexualities” course for my senior year at Amherst College has given me […]

My Own Modern Love

My Own Modern Love

Alexandra James ‘16 After reading The New York Times’ winning essay in the “Modern Love” Essay contest (“No Labels, No Drama, Right?”, by Jordana Narin), I stared at my daruma doll. Now this doll is steeped in Japanese culture. The doll is usually given as […]

Those Who Do Not Speak at Dinner

Those Who Do Not Speak at Dinner

JinJin Xu ‘17 Laozi, the Zhou dynasty Tao philosopher once wrote, “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak, do not know.” And more than twenty-five hundred years later, my father looked around at a gathering of his friends laughing and smoking amidst the clattering […]

Smartphone Takes Madwoman Fishing

Smartphone Takes Madwoman Fishing

I am 21. I enjoy long stretches of aloneness. I am not sure when it began, really, this fixation with being alone. Once, I wrote a story about a little girl who loses her father. She’s too young to understand what dying means but she […]

A Study Abroad: Application Essay for the Re-Admission to the Rigorous College of Amherst

A Study Abroad: Application Essay for the Re-Admission to the Rigorous College of Amherst

Dear Amherst, I was somewhat surprised to hear that you are so very interested in learning more about my study abroad semester. For some reason I believed that having gotten approval from the study abroad office and most of our departments before would have been […]

Tall along the Kwanza

Tall along the Kwanza

“What is it?” “A note from the Portuguese. They wish me to speak with them regarding business with Angola.” Ngola Mbandi holds the note in his shaking hands. He looks up with uncertainty. “Sister, you will go in my stead.” The night was warm and […]