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©2019 by ALL A GRAY AREA

January 15, 2020

Hey Echoes Fam! We've got some exciting things planned for 2020. Check out the video to hear Founder Janelle tell you about some of the plans, and then stick around to see all the things we did in 2019.

Things to look for:

  • Echoes Patreon

  • More videos

  • New podcast series titled on air with...

  • 2020 Live Event!

  • and more!

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The Echoes Crew

Recently, I read an article about a report from accounting giant Deloitte that millennials have an average net worth of "only 8,000,” dropping 34% from 1996.

It pissed me off.

Articles like that are just a platform for entitled Baby Boomers and Gen Xers to complain about "youngsters today."

And here's why it's flawed: Baby Boomers and Gen Xers (which I'm a part of) had it best when it comes to graduating and having reasonable fin...

September 4, 2019

Echoes Fam! We're growing!

In May of 2019, Echoes Media co-produced Janelle's play #voiced. The play shared the stories of six high school seniors growing up in world caught between social justice and social media. The cast later joined us for an episode of Echoes on air! and shared that they often felt they didn't have a place to participate in conversations that could provide possible solutions to world concerns without their...

August 7, 2019

Editor's note: This article was reposted with permission of the author from http://craigtalksteaching.blogspot.com. Click to find other great thoughts from this award-winning educator.

On October 10, 2015, an incident occurred at the University of Missouri homecoming parade that made national news but somehow escaped my attention. A group of black students protesting systemic and overt racism dating back to 1839, when the unive...

July 2, 2019

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation was embattled in its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State … shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States … will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act o...

May 30, 2019

On November 8th, 2018, the state of Minnesota welcomed Ilhan Omar as one of the first Muslim women to become congresswoman. This was not commonplace nor was it anticipated. If you are familiar with the current state of affairs in United States government, then you, too, would want to know about this Somali woman who is representing the people of Minnesota. In order to understand what seems as an emergence into government, it i...

Editor's note: "Whānau" is the Maori word for "family." The artwork displayed is the work of the writer. Check below to see more of her work and order your own piece.

At what stage does a new place in the world become your home? For many who have made New Zealand their new home, that question was answered one Friday afternoon.

From what I’ve heard, from friends and stories online, it was just another busy Friday in town. People...

March 6, 2019

Editor's note: This is an essay submitted to a course titled "Is the Civil War still being fought?" at Harvard Extension School

I write. My spirit, my human, my existence is wrapped up in pen and paper, thought and blank canvas. I have great respect for words and acknowledge the power in their dispensation. Because of that, I sometimes cower at the responsibility of it all.

In a 2008 acceptance speech, Toni Morrison talked about...

February 6, 2019

I don’t know what my culture is called. My family moved from Finland to the States when I was an adolescent, but calling it Finnish-American doesn’t sit right. I can’t tell you what it is called, but I can tell you its norms. 

In this culture, we think twice about who is going to drive because not all friends have papers. U.S. citizenship doesn’t mean arrogant membership in a chosen group, but rather, freedom of movement. You c...

January 9, 2019

Gentlemen, I am trying desperately to understand one thing that seems to follow wherever a good amount of you go. Tell me one thing: What about female fear is sexually appealing to you?

In safe, consensual situations, for some, it can. of course, be a turn on. From a blindfold in the bedroom all the way to rape fantasies played out between two consenting parties, it’s clear that fear can be a part of the equation for many. To e...

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