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Cierra Kaler-Jones

Cierra Kaler-Jones
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Cierra Kaler-Jones is a graduate student whose research focuses on using storytelling and artistic expression as effective strategies to teach and empower students to have constructive conversations about social justice issues. When she isn’t researching trends in education or speaking to students about the power of sharing their stories, she is dancing professionally or leading free arts workshops. cierrakalerjones.com

How Yoga Helped Me Regain Self-Confidence

Everyone who knows me well can easily see that I’m always thinking. Analyzing. Predicting. Wondering. Stressing. For a long time I begged my soul to calm down, but my anxiety to be perfect in all aspects of my life could easily be triggered by a...

How I Found Peace through Solo Travel

Ihave the heart of a wanderer and the mind of a calculator. My spirit calls me to be free, but my mind usually holds me back. The wanderer in me desperately wants to see the places I’ve only dreamed about traveling to; however, it...

How Shonda Rhimes Changed My Life

For the majority of my adult life, I’ve been consumed by fear. Fear of being judged. Fear of being ridiculed. Making mistakes. That somehow someone will point out that I am an imposter in the form of a successful woman. I was in a period in...

Self Love Journey: My Love Affair with My Curly Hair

When it comes to my mass of curls, I’ve tried every hairstyle imaginable - keratin straightening treatments, braids, extensions, relaxers - all to hide the natural kinks and coils that are my God-given crown. As my ends started to fray and my scalp grew weary...

The Power of Celebrating Yourself: How I Learned How to Clap For Myself

When I was in college, I took a public speaking class to work on becoming more comfortable expressing myself through voice. On the final day, I gave what I remember being a moving and powerful speech and then quickly ran back to my seat, head...

A Love Letter to Issa Rae and Awkward Black Girls Everywhere

Dear Issa Rae, I will shamelessly admit that as soon as Insecure premiered on HBO, I religiously planted myself in front of the television to ensure that I never missed an episode. As soon as the season was over, amid my laughter and tears, I...

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Why We Should All Ignore The Annoying “Worthy” Woman

Everyone has that one church member, homemade hair butter making aunt, or Facebook friend who constantly reminds herself and others publicly and boldly that...