Meet Author Aaris Epps

Damita Miller-Shanklin Reading should start early. Growing up my mom read to me every night. She did not like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss because I would ask her to read it almost every night. This is a fond memory for me.  This is where Author Aaris Epps enters the story.  Since she was a kid, she has always been a big reader, … Continue reading Meet Author Aaris Epps

When You Look at the New Year-Are You Ready?

By Damita Miller-Shanklin Do you remember a song titled “The Futures So Bright. I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuktu 3? When I sat down to write about the new year that song came to mind. Why? Because I worry about the future. This year of 2022 has seen a lot of changes — Women’s Rights, the Insurrection, and so much more. However, our Black communities … Continue reading When You Look at the New Year-Are You Ready?

New Issue Featuring Ebonie Trice

Welcome to Ujima’s last issue of the year. This issue features Ebonie Trice, the founder of Mission Accomplished. This young woman is doing her part to help our homeless population have the one thing that means a lot. Read about her journey to helping others and making a difference in her community. This issue has other stories about the act of kindness and celebrating the … Continue reading New Issue Featuring Ebonie Trice

Feature: Blacks and Homelessness

Damita Miller-Shanklin Feature Story: Blacks and Homelessness Damita Miller-Shanklin Homelessness requires resilience especially when it is not by choice.  “At least 2,300 eviction filings were logged in total from April 2020 through December 2021, an average of just over 110 per month. However, 2,517 filings have been tracked so far in 2022—more than 50% of Travis County’s pandemic-era total in just three months.  Source: https://tinyurl.com/2vxafsm6Continue reading Feature: Blacks and Homelessness

Viewpoint: Changing of the Seasons

Damita Miller-Shanklin, Editor-in-Chief As I get older, it seems that timepasses so fast. Living in Texas, wedon’t always see the distinctchanging of the seasons. Buteventually, it will getcooler, the leaves will change colors,and you settle into that seasonaltime. There is a saying that changeis good. To me change equalsprogress. I find that the “change is good”attitude is a good one for manythings. Ujima just celebrated … Continue reading Viewpoint: Changing of the Seasons