LySaundra Janeé

Bio

Christian feminist and lover of words, coffee, and Steinway pianos. Check out her musings at www.lysaundrajanee.com

How It Felt To Watch My Mother Find The Strength To Leave My Abusive Father

By LySaundra Janeé
The feeling of seeing someone you love being abused is heart-wrenching. The feeling of that loved one experiencing pain at the hands of another loved one is inscrutable. I've articulated my upbringing previously, but find it somewhat difficult to…

This Is Why Women Love The Idea Of Benching, But Hate Ghosting

By LySaundra Janeé
If fall and winter have been donned "cuffing season," we should just label spring and summer "benching season." Though some relationships have fizzled or have been ghosted out, I think it might not be such a bad idea to sit someone on the bench and…

10 Apps That Can Help Any Creative Mind Get Into A Type A Routine

By LySaundra Janeé
One of the most important lessons I've learned over the past year is if you can't find time for your passions, you must make time. While I'm constantly trying to find more time for the things I love, I also have to be mindful of how much of my…

Why My 15-Year-Old Self Thinks I'm A Failure, And That's Perfectly Okay

By LySaundra Janeé
I wrote a letter to myself at age 15 filled with dreams and goals. It included things like college choices, career goals, relationship goals and even a list of my best friends. According to my teenage self, by this time, I should be married with at…

Why I Chose To Dedicate My Career To Building The Next Generation

By LySaundra Janeé
I am closing out more than three months of living in Miami and working with my students. I did it. I took one of those quarter-life crisis leaps of faith that many in my generation are doing. Some take the adventurous route and splurge on a…

The Progression Of Tensions In Mizzou, As Told By An Alumna

By LySaundra Janeé
It was February 2010. Many black campus leaders from the University of Missouri and I were in attendance at the Big XII Leadership Conference on Black Student Government, hosted by the University of Texas-Austin. During breakfast, almost all of us…

In Support Of Introverts: Why Society Needs The Brilliant Balance

By LySaundra Janeé
Stephen Hawking once said, "quiet people have the loudest minds." I would add that quiet people also have the most remarkable minds. We do not exist to be seen, heard or accepted by everyone around us. But at the very least, we have a multitude of…

How This Generation's Obsession With Acceptance Is Killing Authenticity

By LySaundra Janeé
I’ve never been the type to fit into a box. When most people ask me to describe myself, I shrug my shoulders and say something along the lines of “hella random.” Is that a genre of music or a category for types of people? It’s the simplest way to…

F*ck Your Ethnicity: Hip-Hop Is A Cultural Exchange Made For Everyone

By LySaundra Janeé
I often wonder if the hip-hop lyrics I will listen to in the future will be exclusively from the voices of black and Latino artists, the ones of the early hip-hop movement. Hip-hop has had many fans, representing a plethora of races and economic…

Balancing Act: How My Religious Identity And Social Views Coincide

By LySaundra Janeé
Racism, sexism, homophobia and inequality: You can't turn on the news or log onto social media without being bombarded by a variety of opinions and headlines covering these issues. Maybe it’s the immediate access we have to social media and other…

To End Violence In Hip-Hop Culture, First We Need To Understand It

By LySaundra Janeé
When I think about hip-hop, I think about a dynamic cultural movement filled with politically-incorrect lyrics geared toward social justice. I think of the artists who dared to make a statement in their style of dress, dancing and lyrical content,…

What Is The Cost Of A Black Life? Why Money Won't Make Injustice Right

By LySaundra Janeé
A popular poet once stepped onto the mic and asked, "What is the cost of a black life in Florida?" The wordplay and lyricism around racism and injustice left me speechless, but we shouldn't lose sight of what he was asking in the midst of an…

3 Ways Society Can Assist Victims Of Sexual Assault

By LySaundra Janeé
Recently, reports have surfaced from 2005 stating that Bill Cosby admitted to drugging several women with the intent to have nonconsensual sex with them. This news comes just months after dozens of allegations, spanning over approximately 40 years,…