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When will the political become personal for us, ¿nosotr@s?

When will the political become personal for us, ¿nosotr@s?

An earlier version of the following article was also published on AC Voice.   Since my family and I arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic, my parents have always instilled the significance of obtaining an education in my siblings and I. I still […]

How does it feel to be a stigma? – Religion, HIV, and the Black LGBTQ Experience

How does it feel to be a stigma? – Religion, HIV, and the Black LGBTQ Experience

There are many reasons I always try to distinguish between religion and faith/spirituality. Growing up Catholic in Maryland, there are several lessons that I learned from my church. I greatly appreciated the power of a church congregation to foster a sense of community and belonging […]

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 […]

On Rational-Critical Dudes

On Rational-Critical Dudes

There’s a specific type of dude that really needs to shut up. As men go, he’s not the worst. No, really—the key to understanding this dude is to know that he cares about the issues. He would never call himself colorblind, and he recognizes that gender inequality […]

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 […]

First Writing Workshop Reflections

First Writing Workshop Reflections

Here are some reflections from participants of Amherst Soul’s first ever writing workshop. Each participant had roughly eight minutes to write a reflection that speaks to one of Amherst Soul’s three themes (community, diversity, and identity). Stay tuned because we intend to host a couple more writing […]