My, how time flies.

Checking in:

It’s been one heck of a year, and today marks one month until graduation begins.

I’m excited, nervous, optimistic, prepared and unprepared all at once, but most of all, hopeful.

College creates an experience that I would’ve never been able to receive had I not made a decision to take this journey. From the people that I’ve managed to meet to the opportunities that I’ve managed to experience. There’s nothing like the blessings that I’ve received during my time at the University of South Carolina.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll see a lot of reflecting and a lot of anticipation building for new opportunities.You’ll also see closer looks of experiences that occur before I walk across the stage.

I look forward to growing with you.

-K

Updated Portfolio

Thank you for the support of my works and endeavors.

I have been fortunate enough to take on a few photography jobs that I feel have both challenged me and allowed me to explore more of myself and my creativity behind the lens.

Check out my full line of photography works here.

 

The Era of Blue Reign

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The Era of Blue Reign – Fall 2015 Psi Eta Chapter Inductees, MIP Coordinator and Chapter President

 

After about a week of euphoric bliss, it’s finally settling in and becoming more real:

I am a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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I can’t imagine going down any other road with any other group of females. The 4 women that I’ve been blessed to establish a close knit relationship with are also my sisters, and I love them so much more than either one could imagine.

My decision to be a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. didn’t come immediately. I hadn’t had any previous relationships with Greek life before college so my mind was open to learning a lot about what Greek life entails and more importantly if it was a good fit for me. I’m thankful for the time that I allowed myself to grow into my own as a woman FIRST before making a big decision such as this. It’s allowed me to really see what I could bring to the table to any organization, and to really look for those key qualities that define who I am as a person and who I aspire to be.

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I found that Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the only organization that really was for me and really fit the mold of who I aspire to be as a woman. As I reflect on everything that I’ve been through to get here. I thank God that I didn’t give up on myself and that I had a good support system behind me the entire time.

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Fall ‘ 15 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc brothers of Kappa Iota (8 Phases of the Blue Moon)

Looking ahead, not only am I going to be on this journey with my 4 sisters, but I’ve been blessed with brothers as well who I also can’t wait to grow and bond with. Their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, and I am extremely proud of the new brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. nothing is stronger than the dove love.

If I had to give any advice for choosing to be a part of Greek Life, I would say patience is key. Don’t run at the pace of others. Not all things are meant to be something that you need to be a part of. Look closely within yourself first before you decide on anything large, and most importantly, do your research! There are many people who pledge and regret the organization that they chose. You spend a lot of time and money into the organization, so it’s important to choose wisely.

BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU PHI

YOU KNOW!

[ZZZZZ PHI! ­čśë ]

– Khadijah Dennis, Poetic JustiZ

P.S. For photos from both probates, click here.

 

WATCH: Moving and Grooving – Recap of #HipHopWednesday

The mission of the Office of the Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) is to build a welcoming, accepting, and supportive environment across multiple dimensions of diversity through education, programs, and services that promote social justice, awareness, and student success. Each month, Greene Street comes alive with contemporary and olÔÇÖ skool hip hop┬ámusic while students network and learn about the many opportunities to get involved with diversity activities on campus. Kicking off at 11 a.m. and wrapping up at 2 p.m. ÔÇô you donÔÇÖt want to miss them!

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Happy #NationalPoetryDay!

The leaves are changing

The wheels are turning effortlessly in my mind

stars are aligning

it must mean that our time has come.

Happy National Poetry Day!


 Something about a good word that brings you much pleasure. I truly enjoy poetry and all that it does for the soul. I woke up this morning in reflection of so much, and then it hit me.

“IT’S YOUR DAY LOVE!”

I squealed with so much excitement and joined my family via social media to celebrate us.

The storytellers.

The scribes.

The writers.

This artistry isn’t made for everyone. We have a unique gift that everyone longs to have. It’s amazing.

Sometimes, I can’t even believe that I am a poet.

This art has saved me so many times.

And I’m sure there’s a unique story for everyone behind poetry.


In honor of #NationalPoetryDay, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite pieces and phenomenal individuals.

Spoken Word

Jasmine Mans – Dear Ex Lover

Miles Hodges – From Head To Toe

Carl Lewers – Jigsaw

Alysia Harris – This Woman


Written Poetry

Nikki Giovanni – “I Take Mastercard (Charge Your Love To Me)”

Nikky Finney – “Dancing With Strom”

Langston Hughes – Mother To Son


I hope you enjoy the readings! I’d be remiss not to share some of what I’ve been up to lately, so here’s links to some of my newest works. Feedback is always appreciated <3.

Got something you’d like to share? Shoot me a comment below! I’d love to read.

xo

My “writography”

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New Content Posted + Stay Tuned!

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“You are your ancestor’s wildest dream.”

What does it take to start a revolution?

Work.

Passion.

A different way of thinking.

Community.

Over the past month I’ve observed a lot and have taken in a lot of valuable information that I could greatly use to impact my life and my profession. A huge part of what was learned is not being afraid to take on the very things that others won’t.

Just two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Alicia Garza, and what a moment in time for me it was.

I was in Japan when the hashtag took over timelines all over the world. Having been back in the states for about a year now, it’s almost painful to think that a lot really hasn’t changed since then.

Garza spoke on various topics, but the main point that I took away was “these narratives are not new, but our conditions are.” We are a remake of history unfolding.

This story reminded me that this is only one of many more stories to talk about that represent our generation and the current motions we are going through as a collective. In the new stories that I’ve covered, you will see that shine through.

In addition, I’ve been on a bit of a writing journey through my transitional period, and I am opening myself up to all of you with new poetic pieces.

As usual, I am always open to comments or criticism. I enjoy what I do, and I really hope to just get better and better in my approaches of how I do things and the stories that I tell.

Thank you for your constant support in my endeavors. It really does make a difference.

xo

KD

P.S. Follow my brainchild, The Conqueror Movement (@conquerormovement) on Instagram for very important announcements within the next week!

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“The revolution will be televised.”

Because Life Is – Cheers to New Beginnings

I feel like the year has started anew.

Coming back to the University of South Carolina, being in the midst of everyone I hadn’t seen in so long with a brand new mindset and purpose is one of the most amazing feelings you could ever have.

I remember, especially, just 3 years ago I was starting my undergraduate  career as a student. Now, entering my 4th and final year at USC, I couldn’t be  happier with the progress I’ve made and the work that I’ve done, but there is still so much work to be done.

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One of the organizations that I was blessed to be apart of during my freshman year was Student Gamecock Television, a station run by students for students. I entered in with the mindset of being able to find my niche so that I could be good enough for TV and gaining skills that could allow me to one day make one cool videos. Now, my passion for this organization is far beyond what it could personally do for me, but more about how I can utilize the platform to help further allow other students to see their own passions.

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I’m blessed to have found my family here. 

There’s not one person in this organization that I don’t feel like I have a closeness with. I’m always looking for more and more ways to build relationships with individuals. This semester is no different. Now that my time is winding down, I really hope that everyone in this organization can adopt the same concept. If I’ve learned nothing else being in college, I realize that a big part of your success is attributed to  the relationships you build. 

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With anything that you do, you must place focus on leaving a legacy behind. You have four years, and they go by extremely fast. Take control of the precious moments you have, and don’t be afraid to live a little in the process. It’s a journey. I’m grateful for the journey I’ve had, and the continuation of that. 

Cheers to getting back to basics!

-KD

#BecauseLifeIs

Because Life Is… Learning Experiences

It’s a bit surreal to sit and look outside of a window in Columbia, SC and no longer being in Charlotte, NC. What it means however is that this summer is nearing to an end, and as I reflect on everything, I realized that I’ve endured a lot, but I’ve also gained knowledge in just as much.

It wasn’t too long ago that I was just getting acquainted with the busy lifestyle, magnificent skyline and diverse views of The Queen City. I was blessed to take up an internship opportunity with the Metro Proponent newspaper, and there I made friends with an amazing group of individuals who exposed me to so much more than broadcast media and writing techniques.

Charlotte is a place of building and constant networking. There wasn’t a day that I didn’t find myself stumbling across someone of importance. It made sense to keep working at greater and never limiting myself. It can also be a bit overwhelming if you’re a workaholic like me with multiple interests. The word no still exists and applies.

I learned that not every opportunity is going to be for me, and that I would need to choose wisely if I was going to take my career endeavors and dreams seriously. I learned a lot about building and maintaining relationships. It’s important to realize that not every person you come into contact with has your best interests at hand, but you do. Never be afraid to turn down opportunities that don’t sit well with you.

I learned that it’s okay to want more for yourself, and the only true way to attain it is to get out there and consistently work towards that goal. I can’t recall many days that I didn’t take advantage of being in Charlotte by going out and meeting individuals, constantly building relationships and exposing myself to new experiences that I wouldn’t be able to experience in Columbia, SC.

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Now that I’ve made the return back to Columbia, I’m excited to get things moving even more for what will be my final year of undergrad at the University of South Carolina.

My college experiences have all built up the woman that you see before you today. From the friendships that were made, to many of the projects I’ve created and organizations I’ve worked with. I love that I had┬áthe opportunity to contribute my works in a big way, and I’m even more excited for what lies ahead.

-KD

Where It All Begins

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Hi, my name is Khadijah, and I aspire to change the world.

Writing has always been a great passion of mine, and throughout the years, I’ve been working on ways that I can further use that passion to give back to my community, as well as others who can benefit from having some day to day encouragement. Since I was physically able to write, I’ve been working on my own novels, shows and other forms of visual entertainment. It wasn’t until I got to college that I really┬áacted on the idea of working in communications as a journalist. The thought alone was pretty intimidating – I was always used to writing very creatively, and free verse so to speak. With journalism, it’s a very different style and outline of writing. I would also have to work on communicating directly with individuals, which is also something that was outside of the ordinary for me. But, it was something that I really wanted to try and see if it was truly something I could see myself doing, and it is.

I realize that I love being able to cover stories that are directly related to people in some way shape or form. I love when something I write connects with someone else, and they feel some sort of inspiration from it all. So, this journey that I’m taking myself through, and hopefully the readers of this site, is going to be life changing. There will be mistakes, but there will also be lessons learned. There will be truth, honesty, and authenticity with every article or personal blog post that I write, and there will be moments that celebrate what it means to have a dream.

Thank you for being apart of that journey. I look forward to serving you any way that I can through my works.

xo

Khadijah Dennis

P.S. It may be a while before things start rolling on the website, but in the meantime, definitely connect with me on Instagram (lifethroughart), Twitter (@KDennis94) and my blog (storytelleroftruth.tumblr.com)! I look forward to connecting with you.