Academic

Wontanara, a Columbia nonprofit, helps locals connect with African culture. By bringing international guests and hosting performances, citizens can learn different styles of music and dance. Prior to their Oct. 19 performance, Salia Camara of Guinea teaches djolé dance to the group.

BCC Fall Fest Audio Postcard
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Moon Festival NPR-Style Feature
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Various organizations, student entrepreneurs and local businesses came out to the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center Fall Fest on Sept. 4. The event helps people connect within the black Columbia community. Step performances, dances and choirs provided the soundtrack to the fest. On this track, students and performers explain their involvement in Fall Fest and what it does for black people in Columbia.

In Columbia, Missouri, Chinese members of the community can be hard-pressed to find representation and culture so far from their home country. That’s where the MU Confucius Institute comes in, providing cultural events like the annual Moon Festival to help them connect. J2150’s Janae McKenzie has more on the story.

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Personal

My Life in Hair

"My Life in Hair" is an AP English assignment turned award-winning composition. This personal essay addresses my struggles with internalized racism from ages 6 to 17, through the lens of my hair.

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Profile

Jennifer Highbarger Profile

This profile covered Jennifer Highbarger, founder of DanceAbility class series at the nonprofit School for Missouri Contemporary Ballet. The classes provide dance education for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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Travel

Rising to the Occasion

Read my contribution to Root, a Travel + Leisure magazine created by fellow MU Journalism students. My personal essay begins on page 63.