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Growing and Knowing — Part 3

Photo by Ron Frazier http://bit.ly/2dC16zR

Nashanta Williams

December 20, 2016

The garden is our happy place. Now that your plants have been successfully transplanted and you’ve dealt with the mourning associated with the seedlings that have withered and browned. It is important that when you notice the transplants fade— once the stem has shrunken and lost its vitality —...

Choosing Freedom — A Story About Overcoming A Life Sentence

Illustration by Mekaila Tyrrell

Nashanta Williams

November 14, 2016

  At first, transitioning had its difficulties for Curtis Penn, a San Francisco State University student. He’d turn the shower on and commence the activity fully clothed, water seeping through his shirt layers. His feet were adorned with shower shoes — a familiar comfort of separating his skin ...

Growing and Knowing

Photo by Ron Frazier http://bit.ly/2dC16zR

Nashanta Williams

October 7, 2016

As I watched media coverage of the neighborhoods filled with people who look like me — people of color — awaken from a restless slumber, I was mesmerized. The consciousness flowed through the protests in almost all of our cities, fierce, like electricity zapping through and animating frankenstein...

Leaving No One Out

Alex Locust, a postgraduate student at SF State, poses for a portrait at SF State on Thursday Septemeber 8, 2016.

Nashanta Williams

October 6, 2016

He has a big smile, moderately dyed orange hair with highlights of taupe, and is an overwhelmingly candid intellectual. These are the immediate characteristics that flood one’s senses when meeting Alex Locust, a postgraduate student at San Francisco State University. He is already seated at a brown wo...

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