The Oberlin Review

From left to right, College fourth-years Jaris Owens, Griffin Woodard, and Miyah Byers. All three students are congregants of the House of Lord Fellowship.

In Bittersweet Move, House of the Lord Fellowship Finds New Space

December 13, 2019

When College fourth-years Miyah Byers, Jaris Owens, and Griffin Woodard were asked why they attend weekly services at the House of the Lord Fellowship despite not being regular churchgoers before starting at Oberlin, they just turned to each other and laughed. There was too much to say. “We could talk about this for days,” Byers said. For Byers, the House of the Lord is a space in which she can make meaningful connections with the congregation. “I get to see my elders being vulnerable...

Jaris Owens and Ti Ames in rehearsal for the upcoming mainstage production of What We Look Like, directed by Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Caroline Jackson-Smith. The play, written by B.J. Tindal, ’OC 16, follows a Black family moving into the white suburbs. How will the Hodges family contend with this change, especially after eight-year-old Tommy comes home with a picture he drew of his imaginary white family? The show runs from Thursday, Feb. 7 through this Sunday, Feb. 10 at the new Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater. Tickets are $8. 

“What We Look Like”

February 8, 2019

Author Kiese Laymon, OC ’98, returned to Oberlin Monday afternoon to give a reading from
his new book Heavy: An American Memoir.

Oberlin Alum Explores Family, Food, Humanity in Memoir

September 15, 2017

In his new book Heavy: An American Memoir, Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, OC ’98, discusses his “family’s relationship to food, sexual violence, and weight.” Heavy explores Laymon’s interpretation of the lessons he learned as a child from his mother and grandmother, and the role of language as a powerful protective force for Black folks in white spaces. Last Monday, Oberlin was fortunate enough to host Professor Laymon for a ...

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