I Am Woman

By Amari D. Pollard In honor of Women’s History Month I dedicate this article to all my fellow women out there. Everyone always likes to talk about how much progress we as a country have made over the past few decades—“there’s no need to be bitter when there is so much distance between where we…

Am I a Product?

By Amari D. Pollard Since entering college I have been forced to step back and take a good look at myself—personally and professionally. Who am I? What are my strengths? What do I want to be known for? So much of college is cultivating yourself, and to many, that means figuring out your brand. Almost…

Don’t You Just Love Valentine’s Day?

By Amari D. Pollard What is the point of Valentine’s Day, really? I’ve been trying to figure this out since elementary school when I was forced to hand out cards and lollipops to kids than I couldn’t stand. It was like: Happy Valentine’s Day Kristy, thanks for always eating my gushers when I’m not looking….

Black History Month

By Amari D. Pollard For a solid three weeks I’ve been thinking about how I should structure this article: how I want it to start, what should be the main message, etc. Some may consider that odd, since I’m so close to the subject, but after all that has happened over the past several months…

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

By Amari D. Pollard When I go to the weight room to train for lacrosse there’s always a list of exercises we have to do, and somehow at seven in the morning we’re expected to complete each task with purpose, with energy. Except that, early in the morning I rarely have enough drive to blink,…

Dear ____ People

By Amari D. Pollard I can’t tell you the exact moment I realized what it meant to be considered “different.” Maybe it was when I was three and my friend compared me to a monkey because my hands were black but my palms where tan. Maybe it was when I was eight and someone called…

The Labels We Live With

By Amari D. Pollard A couple of months ago Raven Symoné sat down to have a candid conversation with Oprah about her past as a childhood star on The Cosby Show and That’s So Raven, as well as the present she now knows. Symoné has managed to keep her personal life very quiet, but was forced…

The Spectacular Now

By Amari D. Pollard Do you ever ask yourself what it means to live in the moment? I bet if you went around asking people that question, most of them wouldn’t know the answer. I’m not even sure I know what it means to live in the now. In society today I wonder if it’s…

It’s A Good Life

By Amari D. Pollard Have you ever thought of how random life is? Not what happens during it, but how random life itself is. There was once a time when you didn’t exist, when you were nothing. When time kept moving and the seasons kept changing, but you weren’t here to experience it. And then…

The Unknown

By Amari D. Pollard Many of us are under the misconception that we have time, and a lot of it. We always think we have now, and today, and tomorrow, and the next day—but time isn’t something that is guaranteed, nor is it something that moves slowly [when you really think about it]. Last week…

Oh, Hanna Strong—Why?

By Amari D. Pollard Have you ever tried Googling yourself? Of course you have, you’re human. Usually when you search for yourself on Google the things that pop up are related to your work, or the sports you played in high school or college, sometimes even your address [which is extremely frightening]. But for the…