Whenever, I see this painting by Jacob Lawerence, which is part of his Great Migration Series and titled In the North the Negro had better educational facilities, I immediately think of Rise Academy and the wonderful education I recieved here. …

TRIGGER WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, SUICIDE, and SELF HARM

My first memory of Toni Morrison was my senior year of high school. I was enrolled in AP English with Diane (we called our teachers by their first names — very progressive high school) and frankly, struggling. I…

“Womanist’ encompasses ‘feminist’ as it is defined by Webster’s, but also means instinctively pro-woman. It is not in the dictionary at all. Nonetheless, it has a strong root in Black women’s culture.

An advantage of using ‘womanist’ is that, because it is from my own culture, I needn’t preface it…

This trip was my second time visiting the exhibit and I went through it with a completely new set of emotions and perspective. When I got off the blue bus and waited for my classmates I found myself feeling quiet. I was not excited, happy, or mad. I wanted to…

Loving yourself is the main goal and should always be. Once you appreciate and put yourself first, you will be limitless. I’ve always had a constant struggle with doing this, but I’m learning that self-love is the key to my growth, which will ultimately unlock my potential and success.

While drinking my cappuccino and people watching in Center City Philly, I thought about my craft. I pondered who exactly I wanted to be and what I wanted to produce. Throughout daily routine, we’re so focused on getting to next place, making ends meet, and crossing something off a checklist…

I don’t typically like to post pictures I take or share stories that here from work but today this really struck me in so many different ways. So please meet Ms. Diane. We took our artist Lanre to meet her today and we discussed the effects of trauma, grief, death…

Alliyah Allen

Artist and Curator

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