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Image of Tanyah Barnes This blog will contain the random musings of my mind or simply my reactions to the world around me.  I love to share food for thought or stir up a good debate.  I am interested in a variety of topics that mainly center around feminism/femininity, diversity, technology, social justice, equality, faith, higher education, and student affairs.  I hope you enjoy and come back often!

Who is Tanyah Barnes?

I am a native Floridian, some would say a Southern Gal,  living in the Northeast- for now!  I am a creative being that loves to read, sometimes write, but always watch and listen!  I am often described as a woman, sister, daughter, BBW, mentor, friend, advisor, advocate, techie, DIYer, dreamer, event planner, go-getter, graphic designer, web-designer, plus-sized princess and Student Affairs Professional.  My heart cries out for peace, love, and service of others.  If you ask me- I  am a dynamic, passionate and complicated piece of music that leaves your ears and soul wanting more!

I am an alum of the University of Florida (Go Gators) and the University of South Florida (Go Bulls).  I am an active member of the Apalachin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I currently work (day job) at Binghamton University (Go Bearcats) as Diversity Fellow in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As a professional I have also worked in Residential Life, Graduate School recruitment, Civic Engagement, Communications & Marketing, Educational Opportunity Program,  Fraternity & Sorority Life,  Interpersonal Violence Prevention, and Parent and Family Programs.  I have worked as a student affairs professional for about seven years and have loved every moment of it.  My passions are diversity programming, advising, distance learning, leadership & development, student activities, student affairs and technology (marketing/tech/branding), and transition programs.

I also work as a graphic designer for Noelle Ivey Designs and consult with CeCe Olisa as Admin for #PSPfit, a healthy lifestyle challenge for plus-sized women.  Contact me at fitness@thebiggirlblog.com or visit pspfit.com for more information.

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One comment on “About
  1. Kay Elle says:

    Great picture of you, Tanyah!

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Come through ALA-BAMA!  I knew you could get it done. This Gator believed in you... For just one night... Roll Tide! Congrats @dougjonesforsenate! #TheTideisTurning Making progress, but God is certainly still working on me here... #NotToday #FixitJesus I call this: Creating magic for Delta. swipe for process. (concept poll: would you buy one?). •
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From “soror you think you can make this” to completion (minus shopping and digital design creation phases). I’m so happy my @apalachinalumnaedst sorors loved the Lady Fortitude centerpieces created for today’s annual Dorothy Bell Garner Scholarship Brunch.  Now to rest, ‘cuz creating this magic in less than a week got a sistuh beyond tired. #DST1913 #deltasigmatheta #fortitude #creativity #woodwork #artist #crafty #shegetscrafty #IveyVine #NoelleIveyDesigns Come destress or study with MRC.  Tonight we got you covered with Acapella performance (@rhythmmethod), holiday crafts, cocoa, movies and more.  Friday there’s Unity Tree and Sunday we are celebrating youth artistry with @apalachinalumnaedst. Swipe for details.  #destressdecember #studybing #fortheculture #udiversity #binghamtonu Due to an unexpected concern, the Delta Day Party will be postponed. 
We will still be continuing with the toy drive, DM for details. 
For those who have already purchased tickets, you should receive an email shortly regarding your refund. #ENDHU @end_clothing: 24 hours to go! This week we’ve got all four pairs of the @adidasOriginals x @pharrell NMD HU Trail (UK9/US9.5) to give away to one lucky winner. To enter all you have to do is: 1. Follow @end_clothing on Instagram 2. Like this post 3. Tag 3 friends in the comments 4. Regram this image with the hashtag #ENDHU. The winner will be announced on Monday 4th December (16:00 GMT) and contacted directly. Good luck! RED ALERT 🚨! Take a break from finals and come get Red Hot with the Deltas. Presale tickets are $15 with college ID. $5 discount with toy, DM for details. Link in bio. #InflationAtDoor #CarouselRoom #RedHotAffair #EndSemesterRight #DST1913 #AOML #RedAlert The best things in life aren’t things, they are having amazing friends like you, @hellojazell.  On this day a strong, elegant, intelligent, radiant, blessed and faith-filled queen was born.  I am so very grateful to call you my friend.  Love you to the moon and back.  Happy #JazellJohnsonDay, one of my favorite holidays!!! Happy birthday my love; see you soon👸🏾! 🤗😘🎉🎂🎁🎈 My heart is truly bleeding for the oppressed, burdened, captured and enslaved people in Lybia.  So many don’t want to believe that slavery is still a practice in 2017.  It certainly is, a sad sad thing.  I want to do more than this post, but this post is still necessary.  #LetUsFree #prayforlibya #stopslaveryinlibya #endslavery #nobannowall #myblackisbleeding RED ALERT 🚨! Take a break from finals and come get Red Hot with the Deltas. Presale tickets are $15 with college ID. $5 discount with toy, DM for details. Link in bio. #InflationAtDoor #CarouselRoom #RedHotAffair #EndSemesterRight #DST1913 #AOML #RedAlert Today’s #ResistanceTool: Keep on dreaming ... and when you do, dream radically!  They will try to cloud your vision, temper your passion, question your faith, limit your resources and silence your voice. But you just keep on keeping on!  Dreams have purpose; you have to first dream it to achieve. #IgotRadicalDreams •
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So proud of my soror @shan25_ and all that you are achieving with @radical_dreams_pins @radical_dreams! So beautiful and so powerful! As I end this day, I am grateful for @kaepernick7 and your courageous sacrifice!  You truly embody a spirit of excellence, compassion, intelligence and grace!  I am so very proud to share this time and earthly space with you.  Keep on fighting my bro!  #imwithkap #myblackisbeautiful #livinglegend •
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@kaepernick7: Every year we participate in a tradition that is rooted in tragedy. Try as we must to make Thanksgiving about food, family, fun, and forming fond memories, it doesn’t erase the fact that the Natives of this land were (and continue to be) the original victims of American systemic oppression. 
To help fight that oppression, as part of my Million Dollar Pledge, I donated $50k to UCSF for the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic partnership at Standing Rock to support the relatives there with their medical needs.

At 4am this morning, we rode the ferry to Alcatraz Island for the Indigenous People's Sunrise Gathering, in solidarity with the many tribes/nations visiting the space to not only honor their ancestors, and celebrate their culture, but also pay respects to those that participated in the 19 month occupation of Alcatraz Island in an effort to force the American Government to honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie. 
I was humbled to receive one of the highest honors from one of the elders. Thank you for allowing me to share this space and honor your heritage and history. And also thank you to @mann1e & @oocelestialoo for the help connecting. ✊🏾
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