Kyle Mcmurtry

Kyle Mcmurtry

Attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) is one of the most magical and surreal gifts a student can receive…and not just for students that identify as African-American, but for the Caribbean, African, Asian, Caucasian, and Latin American students...
Kumwe “CJ” Dumeni

Kumwe “CJ” Dumeni

There is always something to be grateful for…If you don’t have a bed, be grateful for a blanket. I’m Kumwe “CJ” Dumeni and I proudly define my Crystal Stair with one word: gratitude. Gratitude.  When I think of the word as I walk in the sunbathed halls of my family’s...
Omari Ross

Omari Ross

I’d like to think that when you speak to me, you can’t help but feel welcomed.  My infectious laughter and bright smile offer all of the comforts associated with your favorite uncle.  Rich in cultural diversity, I represent the union of both Trinidadian and Venezuelan...
Ty Cole

Ty Cole

If you want to truly understand me, have a conversation with the mirrors in my bathroom and closet, the locks on my mother’s door, and my refrigerator. I’m Ty Cole and this is my Crystal Stair. Firmly rooted in my confidence, I know exactly who I am and...
Johnson Mhlanga

Johnson Mhlanga

If you’re happy about something, you can easily be unhappy about that same thing, but when you are at peace, nothing can sway the way you feel about it. Peace.  A five-letter word that theoretically requires so little, yet realistically demands so much.  Considering...