Ryan Riley

Ryan Riley

I’m quiet, but not weak. I move in ways different than most people, but never backward. My disposition is reserved, sometimes nonchalant, but I promise I have the biggest heart. I’m Ryan Riley, and this is my Crystal Stair. As a kid, I had the opportunity to explore...
Jathan Martin

Jathan Martin

Have you ever peered into a stained-glass window? You stand on one side and you’re exposed to majestic reds, sullen blues, and emerald greens; then you turn a bit and those reds evolve into bright oranges, teals, and pinks. I always thought of myself as a...
GABBY KWADWO ADDANE

GABBY KWADWO ADDANE

March 6th, 1957 The date my home country of Ghana became the first African country to gain independence from a European colonial power. There is so much pride and humility to be felt simply because of that. And as such, Ghanaians are proud and strong people. ...
Jordan Myers

Jordan Myers

There is a scene in the blockbuster film Drumline, where the drum major, Sean (played by Leonard Roberts) is leading the incoming drummers in a slow, measured tempo clap, the tip of his fingers resting on the neck of one of the drummers.  Slowly, he raises his other...