Why Dating a Black Man Can Be Difficult

As a black man living in America, I believe I can speak for many others like myself when I say that some of us aren’t great at dating or relationships. Many of us grow into adulthood with a lot of baggage from our youth. Unfortunately, many of us are not equipped with the proper tools … Continue reading Why Dating a Black Man Can Be Difficult

I’m Not Every Black Woman

Recently, I went on a first date. I hadn’t seen anyone in several months and it was summertime. All the cute couples were out and, I'll admit, I was curious about having some masculine companionship again. I was a bit nervous about dating in Denver. I’m a young, black woman and I’m interested in white … Continue reading I’m Not Every Black Woman

The Evolution of My Name, My Identity

Bich Ngoc My parents gave me the name Bich-Ngoc after a beautiful greenish jade stone when I was born. They wanted people to know that I was as precious as jade. To them, I was a gem in the midst of a life filled with limited opportunities. My dad, a prisoner of war, was trying … Continue reading The Evolution of My Name, My Identity

For Those Who Didn’t Get Into 8 Ivy League Schools

Acceptance letter season is once again upon us. This means that, inevitably, countless stories will be shared on our timelines and through news outlets that highlight the exceptionally gifted students who have overcome insurmountable barriers to be accepted into highly competitive, top-ranked schools across the nation. It is important that we share the success stories of … Continue reading For Those Who Didn’t Get Into 8 Ivy League Schools

Whitewashing is White Supremacy: Why Asian American Representation Matters

With the latest announcement from Netflix, it turns out that Asian Americans will continue to get the shaft in 2017. On March 22, Netflix released their trailer for the American adaptation of Death Note (2006), a wildly popular manga series, coming to the world’s leading Internet television network this August 2017. Death Note is a … Continue reading Whitewashing is White Supremacy: Why Asian American Representation Matters

Out of My Hands: Ending Cycles of Child Maltreatment

This story was shared by a Project Ava Storyteller. Learn more about the Storyteller Program.   As a 24-year-old graduate student, I am often praised for my devotion to my education and goals. I focus my studies on child welfare policy and women’s issues with the hope of making the lives of women and children … Continue reading Out of My Hands: Ending Cycles of Child Maltreatment

The Night Before I Left Home

This story was shared by a Project Ava Storyteller. Learn more about the Storyteller Program.     Like hundreds of thousands of people, my mother escaped a war-torn Vietnam, risking her life to come to America, where the roads are paved with cheese (or something like that). She was jailed twice during her first two … Continue reading The Night Before I Left Home

What Does Happily Ever After Look Like For a Person of Color?

What does happily ever after look like for the little black boy growing up in poverty, or the young Hispanic girl looking for someone to love her? The stories of our youth are responsible for shaping the adults we eventually become. I know this to be true because of the way in which fairy tales helped me to formulate beliefs about the world and my place in it.

The Days After: Project Ava Post-Election Reflection

Even though the paths we've taken to confront our grief and process our realities diverge, the collective message is that we commit to move forward as our stories are now more important than ever. Here is a collection from our Project Ava community in address of the days that followed and the times ahead.