GDS Community Partner Spotlight: Black and Pink

Black and Pink, interview with Jason Lyndon, founder By: Michaela Johnston How did Black and Pink get its start? I started Black and Pink when I got out of prison with the intention of staying connected with the folks that I had been locked up with. People who had looked out for me, I wanted to…

Prisoners are people, too.

By Michaela Johnston Every other Saturday afternoon, Elise Takahama and three other BU Empowerment League volunteers drive to the Boston Pre-Release Center to read short stories, share personal experiences and participate in thought-provoking conversations. The correctional facility—the first amongst its kind in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—is a structured program that allows gradual transition from prison…

Use Your Head

By Michaela Johnston Use your head. These three words, featured on red pins at music festivals around the world, changed Richard Guerra’s life. The 2014 BU College of Communication grad is the founder and editor-in-chief of Lost in Sound, an online magazine that encourages music-fanatics to rage-responsibly. Lost in Sound pulls together album reviews, multimedia event previews and…

Meeting the “Other” Side

By Michaela Johnston Take the elevator to the second floor of 890 Commonwealth Avenue and you will enter the all-inclusive world of CELOP, the Boston University Center for English Language and Orientation Programs. The center is representative of a mini-high school; it includes a large front lobby, offices, meeting spaces and numerous classrooms. A bulletin…

We all deserve basic human rights

By Michaela Johnston Think of this scenario: You’re paired up with a stranger. They speak a different language, look different and have different beliefs. You are asked, without speaking to one another, to find common ground.  This may be a difficult question at first. Everyone has a unique experience, personality and background. However, no words are necessary…