Relate, laugh, and listen to an aspiring journalist in her natural habitat. Meet Carrie Lawal! Hi! I am currently a student athlete at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I’m also double majoring in magazine and multimedia and minoring in advertising.
My writings have been featured in an international publication and seen wild success on my mom’s instagram story, but now I wish to share my words on my own platform. Whether it be uplifting underrepresented groups, providing playlists, sharing her personal thoughts, promoting Black creatives, writing short stories, etc., I strive to utilize my voice to inspire any who will listen.
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"Black girl be in a bubble floating quietly out of trouble they call you shy always question why you listen before you speak... you can't bust up my bubble"
– Jamila Woods, Bubbles
Music can be a form of self love and reflection. It inspires me to prioritize myself, relax, write, and feel confident. Jamila Woods, Noname, Dua Saleh, Syd, SZA, Solange, and Sudan Archives, are a just a few examples of my go to musicians. Their relatable lyrics and beautiful artistry provide helpful representation. Growing up in a world that either does not see your value and/or undervalues you based on your identity, brings to light the importance of such musicians. I strive to inspire this same representation through my writings.
My experiences as a Black, queer women combine with my interest and education to fuel my creativity. Reporting and Writing Principles, Mass Media in a Global Society, Advanced Newspaper Journalism, Creative Writing, etc. all aid in my writing abilities and perspective. When conveying purpose, my lived experiences remind me to protect my peace while preserving the truth. Through poetry and other forms of creative content, I work to spread the message I so often preach surrounding intent, impact and image in order to uplift my audience and self.
Genuine laughter is something that everyone deserves to feel unless at another’s expense. My family and friends express love through laughter. It’s a reminder that we can come together and laugh with each other and not at each other. As I continue to grow, I continue to see some people around me use laughter as a form of mockery when portraying minority groups both in real life and in the media. As I value laughter and helpful representation, I will use it as a tool to deepen not destroy someone’s dream.