Deonna Anderson

Deonna N. Anderson is an alumnus of UC Davis, where she received her bachelors in communication, with minors in professional writing and sociology. She is a freelance writer, creator, and self-proclaimed foodie. As she continues her writing career, she plans to cover culture, education, and race. Another one of her goals is to see fifty countries by the time she’s 50. So far, she’s seen four—Canada, Spain, France and Japan. Since her first time stepping foot on other soil, she’s been committed to seeing as much of the world as humanly possible. When she’s not working, blogging, or plotting travel, Deonna likes trying out new recipes, going hiking, or reading a good book.

Posts by Deonna Anderson:

How Complexion Affects the Way People Of Color Are Treated In Their Own Communities

Feb. 25, 2016 / By
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Colorism can be just as bad as racism, but they’re not exactly the same. People of the same race can be prejudice towards their darker peers.

Meet This Generation Of Long Beach Feminists

May. 13, 2015 / By

These groups, run by young students and older adults alike, challenge the status quo by teaching feminist ideology, organizing events, and reaching out to diverse groups of people.

Long Beach Actors & Filmmakers Respond To Lack Of Diversity At The Oscars

Feb. 5, 2015 / By
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No people of color were nominated in the four acting categories, nor were there any for Best Director. Voicewaves spoke with diverse artists, actors and filmmakers from Long Beach about the Oscars, the lack diversity in film, and opportunities for change.

5 Black Women To Watch Online In 2015

Dec. 22, 2014 / By
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A VoiceWaves reporter shares her own reasons for preferring the online world of entertainment, and offers her suggestions for the top Black female entertainers to keep an eye out for in next year.

How Music Is Fueling The #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Dec. 19, 2014 / By
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Local and national music is inspiring young people of color to push for #BlackLivesMatter.

What Does the “Yes Means Yes” Law Mean for Cal State Long Beach?

Oct. 21, 2014 / By
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At California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where an average of 2.6 sexual assaults are reported each year in the past 5 years, students are celebrating the enactment of the law and sharing their ideas on what more can be done on campus.

Could Low-Income Women Benefit More From Doulas?

Sep. 24, 2014 / By
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According to some studies, the use of doulas can lead to a more empowering birth experience for mothers. But despite growing awareness around the relative lack of doula services in low-income communities, not much has been done to bridge the access divide.

Keep Out Of My Kinks!

Jul. 24, 2014 / By
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The pressure on a Black woman to follow widely accepted beauty norms and standards in America is real...

Outgoing Mayor Foster Leaves Advocates Wanting More Engagement

Jun. 23, 2014 / By
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In less than a month, the residents of Long Beach will swear in their new mayor...

Respected on the Street, But Not in the Industry: Women Skateboarders of LB

Mar. 26, 2014 / By
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Skate parks around the city have grown busy over the last half-decade. With over five skate parks in the city, Long Beach residents have more access to the solo sport than they did ten years ago...

I Slam, Therefore I Am: A Look into the LB Poetry Scene

Jan. 23, 2014 / By
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Between Artesia Boulevard and Ocean Boulevard, sectioned off by Sante Fe and the San Gabriel River, there are more open mic events than one can count on two hands.


Our Community: Educated Men with Meaningful Messages

Sep. 6, 2013 / By
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“Our Community” is a VoiceWaves project and community event that was showcased on Aug. 26. Youth reporters were tasked to explore their community through a camera’s lens, each picking one community-based organization to shine a spotlight on...