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Afia Oduro-Manu

Columnist — Class of 2024

Number of articles: 4

First Article: April 2, 2021

Latest Article: May 14, 2021

Afia Tells All

Liberal. Activist. Girl boss. The complicated nuances of popular labels that often go unpacked

Our society has an obsession with labels. Because of this, I believe that there are certain labels that are misused, or that carry certain meanings, associations and implications that cause more harm than good. As of late, especially on social media, I have found irksome the overuse of the following terms: liberal, a word so broad that it now has a wide range of less-than-positive associations; girl boss, a term that became popular despite its negative implications and activist, which is commonly misused.

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No rest for the weary: emotional exhaustion as a Black woman, from last summer to the present

I did not come to campus last semester eager-eyed and bushy-tailed. Instead, I came anxious and afraid. Of course, starting college in a literal pandemic did cause some anxieties to arise. I knew that academics would be more difficult online, and I expected that socialization would be more awkward, as I am already a pretty introverted person.

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“Social justice burnout”: the burden of the expectation to frequently post diversity-related content on the internet

Last summer, Black Lives Matter (BLM) finally got the attention of white America with the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of police brutality. Like many other Black people who felt directly connected to the issue, I took to social media to post frequently about BLM, as well as to express my pain in hoping for a better America.

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