Celebrating Independence Day!

Booms reverberate throughout the air as colors burst forth in the night sky. Smoke wafts through the crowd as onlookers look up to the sky bright and starry eyed. Lips are turned up in smiles, fingers point excitedly at brightly budding hues, and the community comes together in celebration of this country many of us call home. The Fourth of July pays tribute to the United States’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The document formally cut America’s links to Great Britain and soon became a highly revered symbol of liberty within the country. Copies of… Read more »

Wonder Woman: It’s About Time!

Rising in the face of adversity. Embracing love over unruly hate and evil. Choosing to fight for what you believe in.  That is an Amazon woman. That, my sisters, is Wonder Woman.  The 2017 film Wonder Woman is truly a milestone. Not only is it a phenomenal movie, but it is also the first superhero film in the current cinematic era that both stars a woman and is directed by women. In contrast, other superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Spiderman have received multiple films each. However, until now, Wonder Woman has been missing from lead roles ever since the conclusion… Read more »

Love & Pride

Unified under the shimmering rainbow array of colors lighting up the horizon, many laugh and smile in tune to the rich commemoration of LGBT pride. LGBT pride opposes the discrimination, prejudice, and violence directed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Honoring this pride encourages people to promote self-affirmation, self-dignity, and self-confidence in themselves despite the negative stereotypes and comments that may manifest against them within their communities. This month, June, is recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month–not to be confused with LGBT History Month in October. June is a time to increase LGBT visibility as… Read more »

#MuAreLoved: 25 Day Self Love Challenge

During the month of June, NGC will be hosting a 25 Day Self Love Challenge as part of our Mu Are Loved Theme! The challenge is intended to raise your own awareness about how you love yourself, including how you feel about your body, how you treat and talk to yourself, and how awesome you already are.   Social media is a great tool for documenting things like this as well as bringing awareness to the topic of self love which is something that needs more attention, but you don’t have to use it if you don’t want. The idea… Read more »

Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month has been taking place in the United States every May since 1992. The month celebrates the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the United States. Many Asians have been migrating across the globe since the early 19th century, to areas like Europe, North America, South Africa, and more. The Asians who flocked to the United States were often seen as cheap labor, working in the sugar industry and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Reasons for migration included a desire for freedom, but… Read more »

Mu Orleans

Skiddleedoowop! Ratata tata badum chaa The vibrant echoes of music ricochets off walls blocks away. The locals smile, feeling the energy in the air and thriving on the steady beat. Colorful hues gather on the horizon in a mix of parasols, handkerchiefs, and fine costumes. Laughter bubbles across the crowd as bodies dance and two step across the pavement, moving to the beat of the brass band they follow so intently. Positive vibes blossom as the second line parade passes by. The second line parade is a tradition widely known as a New Orleans phenomenon. The first section of the… Read more »

Baby Blue and White, Done Right

** This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links Everything we do has purpose and meaning, from the traditions within our processes to the letters on our chests. As members of culturally based organizations, we stress the importance of only putting our Greek letters on our organizational colors (and sometimes black). Such intentional planning differentiates us from our Panhellenic and Interfraternity counterparts. In these organizations, Greek letters can be placed on colors of varying shades and hues, whether or not they reflect the organization’s colors. This allows them… Read more »

Refuse to Give Up

Lead by example. Be a mentor. Educate yourself. These are all things we’ve been told time after time. Reach your hand out to help the next girl after you, and the next one after that. Bear with it so that your children and your children’s children will be better off. We are asked: What can we do as community members to fight social injustice? Listen authentically. Meet people where they are. Increase awareness. These are all things we’ve been doing time after time. Emailing people in positions of power such as professors, police chiefs, even bosses. We speak on why… Read more »

Coming to Terms with Privilege

Privilege is often a word that gets people on edge and pushes people to razor- sharp attention. When it is brought into the conversation, some people may feed into anger, while others step into a rock solid defense. But it doesn’t have to be this way. As a woman of color, I am aware of my position as a marginalized identity in the United States of America. However, with this comes much privilege. Just being a citizen of the United States alone offers me many advantages that others yearn after. In this article, I want to acknowledge the power of… Read more »

Fostering Creative Growth

** This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Creativity is the music that fills the silence of a dry morning. Artists use it as their livelihood, their lifeblood, their honor. Ingenuity is what moves the present into the future, and keeps our time from standing still. Without the imagination and resourcefulness of our leaders, where would humanity be today? Creativity is the innovation that feeds progress, responding to the curiosity of our minds with answers of our own design, made by our own hands. The taste buds… Read more »