Table Talk-By Carol A

Hello Again!

This past few months have been a whirlwind of change, adventure, and introspection for me. The following is inspired by Director Ava DuVernay during a talk at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, discussing the importance of female voices alongside Mindy Kaling, Greta Gerwig, and Kristin Wiig: .

“The work we do affects the way we see ourselves and the way that we are seen. It is vital work. Just by our very presence, we speak loudly.”

-Ava DuVernay, Director of Selma, 2014.

We Speak with Passion.

So Trust your voice

Strength that comes from within,

Critiquing the present

Whether surrounded by the most prolific thinkers [or the least].

We Speak Earnestly-


Leave your reservations at the door;

There’s no scorn here!

We Speak Loudly.

Speak your mind,

With sincerity, imagination, Wit.

Our only contract is Respect.

Create, remain present

Look beyond pressures and confines of your Everyday.

Come away inspired, transfixed,

Saddened by the raw,

Poignant stories that manifest during each moment.




Introducing Our Newest Writer Naeemah!!!

A warm and exciting welcome to Naeemah, our newest writer!!

As a UPenn graduate and a social thinker, Naeemah will be sharing her unique life perspective. With an interest in creative storytelling and film, Naeemah is excited to use media as a tool for education. We look forward to her contributions!

Naeemah is a creative, dedicated thinker who is looking for the opportunity to improve the world using writing, media, and outside-the-box ideas. With a major in English and Cinema Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, she is always looking for ways to share her short stories, ideas, and film critiques with others.

Introducing Our Newest Writer Natasia DaSilva!!

A warm and glorious welcome to Natasia DaSilva!! A New York native, Natasia will be sharing her love of travel, food, and adventure. We look forward to her contributions!

Natasia DaSilva is a graduate from Queens College with an English major and a Business minor. Currently, she tutors people in English privately and for the Queens College’s Writing Center. She has aspirations to go to law school hopefully in 2016 to study either Housing or Immigration law.
In her spare time, Natasia enjoys reading, writing poetry, working out, and watching action movies.

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Rhymis

A hearty welcome to our newest volunteer, Rhymis! Joining us with a love for travel, adventure, and storytelling, Rhymis will be sharing her unique perspective on life. We look forward to her contributions on Minus The Box.

Rhymis is a teacher and writer and spends most of her time looking for fairy dust. She loves to read, listen to, write, and share stories that inspire, encourage, and ignite the human spirit. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends the rest of her time plotting world domination with her cat, Felix.

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Kristen Reynolds

As a chocolate lover, traveler, and nurse, Kristen has a unique perspective on life. She joins our wholehearted community as means of exploring her creativity. We look forward to her contributions here on Minus The Box.

Kristen is enthusiastic to be part of this community, providing an avenue to breakout into a creative world that is often difficult to find in her profession. As a registered nurse of 3 years and an avid traveler, at times with just herself and her backpack, she has noticed so much about humanity and life. Everything, everyone, has a story. She is trying to create her own- a young nurse out on the town, enjoying good music and delicious food, but instead of a stethoscope and an alcohol swab you’ll find her with a pen, dictionary and some chocolate stashed away to satisfy that tenacious sweet tooth.

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Carol A.!!!

Joining us from the West Coast, Carol is a lover of all things film. She enjoys experiencing the vitality of life through road trips, music, and great food. We look forward to Carol’s contributions on Minus The Box.

Carol Alexander grew up in Culver City, CA—the Heart of Screenland, and recently earned her BA in Film at UC Berkeley. Growing up, she used writing to develop her voice and overcome shyness, later becoming a tour guide to broaden her public speaking abilities and expression.

While looking for ways to create art and change, she has traveled the world through music, founded a chapter of a professional co-ed cinema fraternity on her campus, found love with helping others, and made lifelong friendships along the way. She has become a published poet who has written several screenplays and short stories. Whether experiencing stress, melancholy, or happiness, she maintains a love for music, food, Stan Lee comics, film, long road trips, and will try almost anything once.

Carol currently lives in Los Angeles volunteering for WriteGirl LA, and working with all things film.

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Khassidy Nguyen!!

Joining us from the great state of California, Khassidy will be revitalizing our VitaSoul segment. As an avid learner and explorer she is constantly pursuing her dream of becoming a pediatrician. We look forward to Khassidy’s contributions on Minus The Box.

Khassidy lives in California and is currently a junior in High School. She signed up to be a VitaSoul volunteer because she’s always wanted to improve her writing skills! She hopes to major in Biology or Marketing and eventually become a pediatrician. She likes reading, watching TV, and traveling with her family.

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Brett Myers!!

From Georgia to New York, Brett has seen the best of what the East Coast has to offer. He joins us with an extensive background in communications and experience with such popular websites as BuzzFeed. We greatly look forward to his contributions on Minus The Box.

“Born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Brett has been writing since he was very young. While in high school, he studied the art of prose with Lorri Hewett, author of Dancer and Lives Of Our Own. Now a senior at Pace University, he has chosen to pursue a major in Communications and shifted his focus to playwriting and online content creation. Along with studying journalism and blog writing, he has authored multiple articles that have gone viral and been promoted on the front page of with over 240,000 views. He has had multiple one-act plays showcased in the university’s performing arts activities. He enjoys experiencing and writing about art, pop culture, and social justice discourse. He’s also an avid social media connoisseur, religiously following YouTube moguls such as Jenna Marbles and Grace Helbig.”

Introducing Our Newest Writer – Thomas Henry

Give a warm welcome to Thomas Henry. Joining us from Brooklyn, NY Thomas will be sharing his view points on a number of topics. We look forward to his contributions.

Thomas Henry has been reading and writing for as long as he can remember.  He received his BA in English from Pace University in New York City.  He is a writer who is primarily a poet.  His work has been published in various magazines and anthologies and he has performed his poetry all over New York City.  He loves books, food, movies, music, and stimulating conversations.  He lives on a quiet street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn with his girlfriend and two cats.