Black History Month: Environmental Justice

Allison Scott Black History

Environmental issues are often overlooked within Black communities, even though we are among the most adversely affected communities. The conversation is growing in light of the pandemic, but Black communities have been disproportionately affected by issues, such as climate change and pollution, for decades. The health disparities resulting from conditions within our communities are directly linked to institutionalized racism. More …

Awkwafina’s Blaccent

Natalie Baltimore Arts & Entertainment, News

Awkwafina is a peculiar actress to say the least. Best known for her roles in Oceans 8, The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians, and Jumanji, her rise to fame began with her rap career once her song “My Vag” went viral on Youtube in 2012. Nora Lum, (Awkwafina’s real name) was raised in Queens (New York City) by her Chinese-American father, …

Black History in Modern Meals

Natalie Baltimore Black History, Culture

Meal: Jerk Chicken Many modern meals in the Americas have been historically rooted and altered by African slaves. An example of one meal is Jamaican Jerk Chicken. There are many different theories as to the meal’s origins, therefore the similarities between the various accounts are as follows.  Recipe: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/jamaican-jerk-chicken Although nowadays used with jerk chicken seasoning, the “jerk method” was …

Black History Month: Black is Fashion

Kristal Ombogo Black History, Culture

Following the rise of the BLM movement this last summer, there has been a significant increase of awareness from non-black allies to #BuyBlack and pressure for the fashion industry as a whole to elevate Black-owned businesses and creators. Historically, there has been a complicated relationship between Black culture and the fashion industry, with one too many cases of appropriation and …

Thick Thighs Kills Confidence

Kamea Taylor Culture, Opinion

Society’s body ideals have critiqued Black women of all body types for generations. Ever since I was a young Black girl, I struggled for years with my weight, obsessed over thick thighs and a flat belly, and always thought of ways that I could lose weight. And though society’s projections have shifted to more of a fascination and appraisals for …

Natural Hair vs. Zoom Calls

Hannah Masresha Culture, Lifestyle

Never in a million years could we imagine a plausible scenario of attending lectures ten minutes after waking up. Thanks to online school, an unexpected freedom of comfortability was gifted to all students. While many students despise online school, it is hard to argue against the fact that they are effortless to attend. Yet, while Zoom calls have their perks, …

Grapevine Podcast Special Feature: Conversations on LGBTQ+ Media & “Slag Wars” Premiere Commentary

Leilani Fu’Qua Archive, Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Lifestyle, World

This week’s podcast features Nommo staff members, Leilani Fu’Qua and Foluke Salami, and special student guests, Jack Angel and Sarah Isen, as they dive into queer representation in television and provide juicy commentary on the “Slag Wars: The Next Destroyer” premiere. “Slag Wars” is a new reality TV style competition where internet personalities and adult film actresses Rebecca Moore and …

[bl]acne

Leilani Fu’Qua Culture, Lifestyle, Opinion

Let me preface this with the statement that acne is completely normal. However, European and mainstream beauty standards play a major role in how people view themselves with acne, how they see and treat others, and the impact the treatment of acne, especially in minority groups. As a multiracial Black woman, my personal experience with acne has been a less …