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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

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The Citizen

New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
New Vice President leadership at Laney announced
Besikof selects Lily Espinoza and Ashish Sahni for Laney VP positions
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • May 13, 2024
Student Trustee Natasha Masand believes her voice has the power to impact the PCCD community.
Student Trustee Natasha Masand finds her voice
Isabelly Sabô Barbosa, Social Media Editor • March 19, 2024
Peralta Trustee Paulina Gonzalez Brito addresses the crowd at Berkeley City College’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event featured a block party along with a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new Milvia Street building. (Photo: Marcus Creel/PCCD)
‘We’re still rising’: BCC celebrates 50th anniversary
College throws block party and breaks ground on new building
Sam O'Neil, Associate Editor • May 6, 2024
College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year.
The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer • March 4, 2024

Still we rise; still I write

by Tamia Lane/Tower Staff Writer

Tower Staff Writer Tamia Lane

Knowing your true self and reclaiming your power as a Black woman is indispensable.

As history changes over time, with the amplification of women’s voices, it is important for colored women to get further knowledge within the self. Defining myself as a woman of color and getting more in tune with myself — some would label it “Staying Woke” — is an amazing thing.

Over time, society has broken down the esteem of African American women. Black women just do not have the luxury to break down. We’re pressed from all sides.

Cut off at the knees, but bearing responsibility for things we have no power over, we get called an “angry Black woman” anytime we have the audacity to speak up about what we face.

We’re caught at the intersection of sexism and racism, yet people always project strength on us. There’s no empathy for our struggle. We’re forced to advocate for ourselves and each other, and we’re also burdened with providing emotional labor for the vast majority of the people around us.

We’re shamed with terms like a “hoe,” “baby mama” and “hood rat,” with little to no margin of error. People prize Black women for our endurance as if we have a choice, but only value what we bring when another group takes it up.

From a young age, we are made to feel cursed in our skin and bodies. “Beauty” is ascribed to people that don’t look like us. We stand at the front lines for so many other groups when they’re in need, but when it comes to us, more times than not, we’re the only ones around to fight for ourselves.

Society has put so much responsibility and judgment on Black women, but no respect or appreciation. That so many of us are able to go on is a miracle, and it is often touted as a symbol for our strength. We shouldn’t have to endure what we do. We shouldn’t have to accept so little. Our trauma has been normalized so much that people don’t even consider the pain. And we have been conditioned to suffer in silence.

I’ve learned to love being a Black woman, but part of the reason I write is because the vast majority of our stories make us the background, and only value us as someone else’s strength.

About the Contributor
Tamia Lane
Tamia Lane, Social Media Editor
Tamia Lane also known as Mia Sky, is an independent published author, editor, and ghost writer. She is a multi-talented artist, from photography to creating amazing visuals. Tamia enjoys street art, music, and poetry. She’s been writing since the age of seven with only the hopes of becoming a magazine owner. Mia is very passionate about her craft, she keeps her mind focused by journaling daily. Mia loves African American culture and women empowerment. In 2018, she founded Girl Bosses Radio, a podcast media outlet used to uplift women of color.
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