CCNY Marks 50 Years Since Five Demands Protest —

Words, photographs, and videos by Kia Thomas Featured image courtesy of the CCNY Archives in Cohen Library - photo by Nancy Shia Fifty years ago, onApril 22, 1969, the Black and Puerto Rican Student Community of City Collegeconvened in the wee hours of the morning to lock the gates of the South Campus,shutting out students, faculty, and staff with the purpose of eradicatingracial disparity at CCNY. The students took over 17 CCNY buildings andeffectively shut down the school for two weeks, refu

Troubled Waters: The History of City College’s Victory Ships —

Words and Illustrations by Kia Thomas Photos courtesy of The City College Archives In the public eye, City College’s dedication to social justice and philanthropy stood a close second to its academic prestige. Many remain unaware of its history of wartime involvement. Most of what can be discovered surround veteran recognition and obituaries of the College’s decorated soldiers. Less publicized are the Victory Ships named after the college, commissioned for use in World War II and the Vietnames

City College Student Featured at BAM’s Annual Film Short Shorts —

Words by Kia Thomas Graphic by Aspasia Celia Tsampas Photos by Fernanda Parrado "One way to study their flight is to catch and tag the butterflies. If caught again, the root of migration can be identified.” The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s film division, BAMcinématek,holds a yearly showcase called Film School Shorts, which celebrates the premierwork of select student filmmakers. This year, City College student FernandaParrado’s Metamorphosis was chosen to be showcased at the premiere onSeptem

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Academic Essays

Beauty and Reparations

Looking at reparations through the lens of beauty, we see many strides have been made on behalf of African Americans empowering themselves physically. Through excavation, we have learned about African adornment and its significance to identity and hair care practices of the enslaved. We see natural Black hair resurging. However, there has been little reflection on the role imperialist nations had in the denigration of the black body. Historical archaeological research has been essential in identifying the overarching imperialist structure as the debtor to that burden and will continue to be as it uncovers more evidence of the lives of the enslaved.

Personal Essays