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Who am I?

Apr 29, 2016

I am a Hispanic-American, 14 years old.

Both of my parents are from Mexico

and it’s in my blood.

On weekdays, I sometimes go home

and watch novelas, eat tacos

and chicharrones with salsa valentina.

Yeah, I am a Hispanic girl

who is planning to have a Quinceanera

for an unforgettable day.

But I am also an American girl,

born here in the U.S.A.

and it also runs in my blood.

On Wednesdays, I look forward

to watching Modern Family

while eating hot dogs and hot cheetos.

Street

Apr 29, 2016

Sun burning bright in soft blank sky.

Asphalt streets

lined with trees, yet emanating heat.

Black ramp, years of people gripping its rail.

The street an orchestra of colors:

green, black, brown, yellow, red

up to the clouds of white.

Inside the houses, people languish

escaping from the heat.

Joggers brave the scorching sidewalk.

We all feel it.

The street is alive despite the excruciating heat.

Love

Apr 29, 2016

What is love?

Love is something you earn or gain through the challenges you face with others.

Love is something that you need in order to live in everyday life.

Love is a rhythm that keeps your body grooving like a whip and nae-nae.

Love—an unknown object that no living object could resist.

MLK, back then said that “in the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love.”

In these terms, he used it as a force for good, but to others it is a force of evil such as the love of destruction and death.

Soy Americano

Apr 29, 2016

My name is Alex or Alejandro.

I am Mexican

but I am also American.

I am just 14 years old.

Others see me as brown skin.

I’m very nice to everyone,

doesn’t matter who you are.

Yeah, you’re right,

I was born in Mexico

and I don’t have any papers,

but it doesn’t matter,

I consider myself American.

I like to watch the Super Bowl

and eat bbq.

What else does an American do

that I don’t?

Maybe it doesn’t matter

what place or race

or what team or what we eat,

Ricardo B. Brazziell, Austin American-Statesman

One of Austin's first food trailer parks was cleared to make way for a locally owned boutique hotel, and it includes several dining options. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review.


Popularity

Apr 28, 2016

You stand in the center of a room of friends

And yet you stand alone.

Afraid of what they may say about you,

The real you.

They are friends with who you think you want to be,

But you are afraid that it is not really you.

Standing alone,

And though you may rise like summer dust in the desert sun,

Again and again they sweep away your scattered soul,

Taking joy in the power they have over you.

Then there is the jealousy.

Bring down those above you,

However wrong.

Untitled

Apr 28, 2016

Darian Longoria, I’m

Holding it down for you, yeah

It’s messed up what

they did to you and I

promised I was

going to be there for

you, but look at where

you are—up in heaven

looking down at us—it was never a race

But I know you’re in

A better place

Soon I’ll be with you

Looking and Lurking, Draying

Gods with em.

I miss you little homie. Shout out to Darian. Rest in Peace.

I Remember

Apr 28, 2016

The fence snaps.

She would have ignored the hatchlings,

But they taunt her.

She taunts them back.

The coward tastes as bad as he smells.

She ignores the small things,

and instead works on stealth.

Eventually, Rebel challenges the queen.

She is destroyed.

Eventually, the small things come back.

She is given a den that is comfortable

and often a few offerings,

but it’s still only boredom that awaits her every day.

When Red One opens her cage,

she feels that something is going to happen.

The Old Queen

Apr 28, 2016

The fence snaps.

She would have ignored the hatchlings,

But they taunt her.

She taunts them back.

The coward tastes as bad as he smells.

She ignores the small things,

and instead works on stealth.

Eventually, Rebel challenges the queen.

She is destroyed.

Eventually, the small things come back.

She is given a den that is comfortable

and often a few offerings,

but it’s still only boredom that awaits her every day.

When Red One opens her cage,

she feels that something is going to happen.

Saved

Apr 28, 2016

Brought up

Feeling worthless, ugly ducklin

Some might say I’m crazy

Take it up with god my creator

That made me, I keep it in

The Church on the daily, One day

That word might save me.

I’ve been actin up lately. Can’t

Get my thoughts through.

Tossing and turning in my bed

All night trying to put up a

Really bad fight. People

Always judging me for who I

Am, well my name’s Jazmyne

Jolley, and that’s who I am

And If you don’t like it I don’t

Give a damn. Haters are my

Headbanging

Apr 28, 2016

Lights flashing everywhere, music turned up loud,

The band playing, the crowd bobbing

Their heads to the sound

And it quickly turns into headbanging.

Long, tangled hair flying everywhere like birds in the sky.

Fingers sliding across the fret board like bugs in the light.

Bass thumping away like toads on a log.

The crowd going crazy like a pack of wild dogs.

The band runs around the stage like excited children.

Hands reach up for high fives.

The arena a jumbled mass of screaming hands and hair

Almost

Apr 28, 2016

I must admit

That I’m surprised

That you looked on

As I almost compromised

The thing you’ve been working on

for all this time

I wonder why

you didn’t stop me

Abandoned

Apr 28, 2016

All I ever wanted was love

All I’ve ever gotten was hate

Taken from my Mama at birth

Envied, used and abused everyday

Papa my protector, never left me

been there since day one

Until age 13, God said it was his time to

come home.

Foreign

Apr 28, 2016

I was eleven years old, riding in a cramped bus

On bumpy roads to Myanmar,

Then waiting with my mother

For a visa to America

While my father worked too hard

Without enough sleep and anxious

For the reunion with his family.

What can I say to express

these images with words on this page?

From Myanmar to America, it was my first time

Riding in one those giant strange flying vehicles.

Where I used to live, seeing an airplane

Always made me smile,

Something from another world

Headshot courtesy of the author

How's this for a catchy book title: "If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?”  

Author and UT McCombs School of Business Professor Raj Raghunathan admits it’s a provocative title, and maybe a little tongue-in-cheek. But, he says the book is really trying to answer that question. Why are people who are smart—successful, high achievers—not as happy as you might expect? Listen below to an interview with Raghunathan about the links between happiness and intelligence.


Cornell University

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Edward E. Baptist, Professor in the Department of History, and House Dean, Becker House at Cornell University.

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution—the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT

A year ago big cuts hit Texas’ film incentive program, and now the industry is starting to feel it.


The fine arts festival Art City Austin has been a yearly event for well over six decades. Over the years, the name has changed (it was known as Fiesta for many years) and it's moved from location to location, but its core mission has remained intact: to showcase fine art from Austin and elsewhere in a block-party like atmosphere.

For this, the event's 66th year, it's moving back to its original location -- it'll be held at Palmer Events Center, the site of Austin's old City Coliseum, where Art City began in 1950 as Art Mart.

Super Bowl 50, Walter Payton Man of The Year Award

Apr 19, 2016
ftw.usatoday.com

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual state-of-the-league press conference, during Super Bowl 50 week, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco; the Walter Payton Man of the Year award; and John Wooten, co-founder and chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

When Bale Creek Allen found his new art space, he hoped to take his time opening the gallery. He'd planned to open the space with an exhibition of his own work on April 22. That plan changed when David Thornberry (a mutual friend of Allen and artist/musician Daniel Johnston) got in touch looking for a venue for SXSW. Filmmaker Gabriel Sunday was looking for a place to show Hi, How Are You, his short about Johnston.

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