Taproots: Trot Past Tropes – Najiyah Maxfield

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about tropes. If you read enough or watch enough films, you will begin to feel allergic to them. There’s the “Rebellious Teenager” trope. The “Nerdy Misfit” trope. The “Feminist Learns to be Soft” trope, the “Non-Feminist Grows a Spine” trope, and the “Man Learns that Women are a Thing” trope. Shallowness as far as the eye can see. How do we wrap our characters in so much meaningful writing that their situations don’t come across as tropes? First of all, we can be aware of the clichés and actively avoid them. I’m particularly

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Taproots: by Resident Writer Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

It’s the first day of my low res MFA program and this year, thanks to Covid, we are virtual. I click on the join link with all trepidation of a five year old on her first day of kindergarten. In a room of 80 participants, a handful of black, brown, and yellow people stick out. They are what I soon come to know as the school’s BIPOC group. One by one they hit my chat: “Hey! Yolanda. How are you?” “What’s up, Yolanda!” “Yolanda, nice seeing you.” I feel welcomed but on edge. Who are these people? And what do

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Taproots: Meet Michelle!

Meet Michelle!  Michelle Sekusky is an Ohio native who came to Islam almost 10 years ago when a World Religions class led her to seek deeper knowledge. Facing some difficult life trials, she found peace in Islam and eventually embraced the faith. Michelle has been a student of Islamic knowledge under the tutelage of Anse Tamara Gray since 2013 with the Ribaat Academic Institute.  Michelle is also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist. Growing up in Akron, OH, she attended performing arts middle and high schools. From there she continued her studies in Virginia, where she toured the East Coast performing

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Taproots: Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

Meet our First Resident Writer – Khadijah Abdul-Haqq What is Jacaranda. Is it a blog? Is it a magazine? Is it a journal? Well….yes! Jacaranda is a hybrid publication. We took the best parts of literary journals and and the best parts of blogs and combined them into a publication of substance that publishes serious literature and light content for the literary community, and which puts out content several times per week instead of once a quarter.  One of the features of Jacaranda is that we have a Resident Writer. Each writer will serve a six-month term and write 10 regular posts

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