Rising junior, Chronicle columnist on race relations, screenwriter, poet
Describe yourself in three words:
Eccentric, sarcastic, capricious
Describe Duke in three words:
Monotonous, haunting, isolated
Because Duke offered me the most money
What one thing would you change about Duke?
I'd get rid of the sameness. It's so pervasive on campus in everything from the way people talk to the way they dress.
Who is your favorite person?
What do you value most?
Probably my tongue
photo by Chris Hildreth
In her words:
People tend to beat around the bush about race relations on campus. I'm the only black columnist [in 2003], and I feel obligated to bring a black voice to the paper. I feel that it's very important for everyone to hear from every perspective possible, even when that demands that toes get stepped on. I get a lot of comments and e-mail messages--some positive, some negative--and I really do value everyone's opinion, regardless. When I first started to write, it wasn't my intention to represent the black community, but, inevitably, race surfaced in my writing. And I'm black. That's who I am. My parents are from Sierra Leone, and I was born here. So I am truly African American. This student e-mailed me one time and told me to do us all a favor, "be a columnist, not a black columnist." So, ever since then, I've been "the black columnist." It's obviously very segregated on campus and, regardless of what administrators do to try and promote integration, it's up to students to go outside their comfort zones and extend themselves outside their race. I'm guilty of [not doing] that myself. But, I can say that, when you step out of those boundaries, you find that life is much more interesting.