Christian Brown

Creativity is more important than Intellect I served as an intern at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. I was hired by a professional modeling agency while attending Art Basel in Miami. I collaborated with one of the music industry’s most iconic families…the Marley’s… to...

Oluwatobi Oladejo

Love. Family. Loyalty Ideas that transcend the idea of blood.  There is no limit of what family can be, of who family can be.  I’ve had friends do things for me that family sometimes hasn’t been able to.  It was no fault of their own, different circumstances call for...

Spencer Kelly

Sui Generis is Latin for “Uncommon” - It has represented everything I’ve been, everything I am, and everything I will become.  I’ve always been – uncommon.  It’s something that I both revel in and that I’m challenged by.  Having varying interests and trying to invest...

Kweisi Stanley

Obstacles in front of you now should be a stepping stone in the future At first glance my countenance resembles that of most young black men: guarded, brazen, a bit skeptical.  I was always a man who, for years, had to be emotionally “ok”.  It forced me to bottle up...

Tahir Murray

My love for threads started long before I attended college. My father and grandfather, an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago, started their own shoe sale and repair shop in New York, eventually becoming the first black-owned Nike account in the United States…talk...

Jordan Kalondo – Lechien

For this project, I was asked an interesting question: to think about the home where I grew up, and identify 3 things that defined that home and describe why they were/are important to me. My name is Jordan Kalondo – Lechien, this is my Crystal Stair. For starters,...

Evan Ward

We often hear stories of people publicly acknowledging a higher power or vocalizing their submission to religion when life gets complicated.  I was always skeptical of the convenience of that spiritual connection. That is, until I found myself reaching out to my...

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

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

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...