La’Nae Plaxico Explores How Self-Knowledge Creates Community


La’Nae Plaxico is a third-year psychology major at The Ohio State University. Her love of dance blossomed while she grew up in Chicago. Plaxico continues to cultivate this passion at Ohio State in her dance groups where she’s connected with people from all over the nation and has come to learn herself more than ever. We discuss the importance of having friends from the same and different races while at predominantly White institutions and how self-knowledge is the only way to build community.

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A Reassuring Stroll through the Short North with Faith Gamble


The second person in the “Embracing My Blackness” series is Faith Gamble. Faith is a third-year student studying New Media and Communication Technology at Ohio State. Though she hails from Ohio, she shared that she began to view her Blackness through a different lens while in Columbus, Ohio than she did when living in Cincinnati. We also discuss how she went from wishing she was Caucasian as a child to finding pride in her Blackness in young adulthood.

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Mariah McDaniel on Not Putting Your Confidence in Other People’s Hands


The premiere subject in “Embracing My Blackness” is Mariah McDaniel, a third-year Physics major at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. McDaniels hails from the south side of Chicago and has found community at Ball State University through her love for One Direction and dedication to loving herself, even if she goes unnoticed to her university’s majority. We discuss how being a Black woman in science- related fields can be difficult, but McDaniels shows no signs of giving up any time soon.

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