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Posted by Shala McKee on Sunday, March 19, 2017
As many people may not know, February was Black History Month. A month dedicated to celebrating one of the most unappreciated group of people across the globe. The black people of America, and countless other nations, have been devalued and dehumanized, but yet have still managed to produce some of the biggest contributions to society. Whether these additions are cultural or technological, it is an unarguable fact that the black community has had a major impact in the world.   While the deep... Read More
Posted by Emily Ross on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The following poem is the first in a three-part series by senior Emily Ross on topics that have impacted her final semester at PBA. i cannot walk cannot talk cannot breathe without eyes on me i cannot love -- myself, i’m too self-centered -- others, i’m too obsessed without eyes on me i cannot take a bus a train a stroll without eyes on me i cannot dress cannot dance cannot be out late without eyes on me i am asking for it with eyes on me i am responsible  with eyes on me i... Read More
Posted by Emily Ross on Monday, February 27, 2017
Lejardin is a large campus built on top of a twisting and winding road. Family members congregate outside of the gym, awaiting the first meet of the competition season for Kokokahi Gymnastics. Girls ranging in age from five to fifteen work concessions, constantly exchanging homemade goods for cash, and the aroma of kalua pork and sweets waft in the air. Little girls are excitedly practicing cartwheels and beginners tumbling while their older sisters, friends, and teammates are warming up inside... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
This December, the PBA community decided to hold a holiday party in lieu of the annual Christmas one. This event was done in the spirit of inclusiveness and was spearheaded by teacher Steven James as well as a small committee of students he put together. “We have students here that come from different cultures and we will continue to have students that come from different backgrounds and celebrate different holidays,” said James on the philosophy behind the event. In order to incorporate... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Friday, December 2, 2016
It’s no secret that the 2016 presidential race was one of the biggest events of the year. Though it seemed more like a staged, high-stakes reality show than a political competition, many are pondering the very real consequences of the results. The emotions and the actions of the country seemed to have been at war during this election. While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the electoral college and, therefore, the presidency. Many people are heartbroken at this outcome... Read More
Posted by Shala McKee on Monday, November 7, 2016
In the following poem I address what my everyday struggles are like as PBA’s sole black female student. I felt this format was the best suited to convey my experiences with the proper amount of emotional depth.  Wake up Wash my face brush my teeth Take off my bonnet unravel my bantu knots Brush out my big beautiful afro Get in the car get to school early walk to seven eleven Hood down hands up Walk back turn right Wonder if the lady in her car is staring because I’m black or just... Read More