After visiting St. Louis in 2017 through Howard’s Alternative Spring Break program and learning about its people and culture, I realized how much of what St. Louis has to offer out shadowed the tragic, yet significant, pieces of its history.

It was eye-opening to see a community that I was guilty of reducing to its lowest moment in a more nuanced light, but I couldn’t help but notice the various social institutions that provided context to Michael Brown’s murder in 2014 and a community’s failure to bring his killers to justice (again) in 2020. We visited and volunteered at an…


Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield portray Mae and Michael in ‘The Photograph’ (2020)

***Plotline spoilers included***

“I don’t want to ask him to rearrange his life for me.” This line from Issa Rae’s character in Valentine’s Day feature The Photograph was a gut-punch.

It succinctly captures one of my biggest apprehensions about dating and relationships — the idea that in the era of “situationships” and “shooting your shot,” you may have found someone who makes you want to try and give love an honest effort, but the underlying fear of circumstances overpowering resolve makes you not want to try at all.

In the midst of grief, international job offers and generational trauma, The Photograph doesn’t seem…


(Originally published in the St. Petersburg Times, author unknown)

Charles Felton turned the jail system in Pinellas County around, but that is not all that distinguishes him. He is a man who has set an example in his community, through the Urban League, the United Way, the Juvenile Welfare Board, the housing board.

Felton, who has been nominated to become the next U.S. marshal in Florida’s Middle District, is a man who has shown he wants to do more than shove criminals behind jail bars; he wants to give hope and opportunity to those who suffer despair.

As jail directors…


“You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don’t have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you’re still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself.” -Frederick Terral

I planned to make a video project for my 21st birthday, similar to the multimedia project XX. I did last year for my 20th. I had a vision for the video, loose talking points (I even booked a room at a local coworking space to film) and hoped it would turn out to be a meaningful…


By: Kési Felton

After a solo date to see Captain Marvel, I took advantage of the nice weather to walk through Chinatown to the National Mall, walking past some of my favorite landmarks (like the Newseum) and finding myself at the Capitol Building to watch the sunset. I began to reflect on how much I’ve grown to love Washington, D.C. and how this city has shaped me exponentially as a young adult in the past three years.

When I came here as a Howard freshman at 18 years old, this city presented me with an opportunity to deliberately define the…


In honor of National Reading Month, my organization Better to Speak hosts a book drive during which we collect books by, for and about Black people.

For this installment of “What’s Your Story?” I interviewed Kyle McMurtry, author of “Henry’s Going to an HBCU” to discuss the impact of Kyle’s book as well as the overall significance of a children’s book written by a Black author about Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Kési Felton: Could you start off by telling me what inspired you to write Henry’s Going to an HBCU?

Kyle McMurtry: It was the summer after my…


In honor of Pride Month, I wanted to find a way to not only celebrate but also contribute something meaningful in the midst of parade pictures and rainbow social media features. My goal was and is to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community to become a better ally and to help anyone who comes across this post become more understanding and compassionate towards each of our individual experiences; and the most impactful way I know how to do that is by simply taking the time and effort to listen to people’s stories.

For my first-ever guest blog post, I connected…


I remember attending last year’s Howard’s Hottest, a competition that brings nine students to the Cramton Auditorium stage to compete for Hottest producer, artist or DJ, and seeing Darius Carter — who raps by the name DC Lyrics — give a very dope performance of his song “Dilemma” which won him the title of Howard’s Hottest Hip-Hop Artist (you can see the clip of his performance — and my lowkey dramatic reaction — here).

Almost a year later, Darius has just released his first album The Death of Me and I had the opportunity to interview him with a new…


Thank you to everyone who participated in my social media poll, I’ll still write on staying power, but it was pretty clear you guys wanted to first see a post on self-accountability. When I thought of that phrase, self-accountability, the infamous video from Cycle 4 of America’s Next Top Model was the first thing that came to mind. The line where Tyra says “Take responsibility for yourself, because no one is going to take responsibility for you” summarizes everything I could say in this blog post.

If you haven’t already, watch the scene I’m referring to here and imagine Tiffany…


A few months ago, my baby dadd- I mean fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman came back to Howard University to participate in a panel after the screening of Marshall, a film detailing one of (another Howard alumnus) Thurgood Marshall’s career-defining cases as a lawyer for the NAACP. One thing Chadwick said that stood out to me, was that he intentionally chooses roles in which he can portray positive images of Black men and tell those stories accurately. …

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