My name is Cherline Chery and my research studies began in 2014 as an undergraduate transfer student at the University of South Florida where I studied Communication with a focus on Culture & Media. Here I examined the intersections between race, culture, media and representation in the United States. After graduating in 2016, I took 2 years off to focus on my personal life and after founding and directing a digital media project, Melaninials Uncut – a short docu-series capturing the diverse perspectives and experiences of black millennials living in the U.S – I felt compelled to further situate my studies in a more global/internationalist framework which led me to pursue a M.A in and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) here at FIU. With a background in communication and media, AADS is helping me to lay down an interdisciplinary and theoretical foundation for which I am able to further interrogate universal ideas of blackness, in particular, racial and cultural identity formations amongst black people in the U.S and Caribbean. Also, I serve as the 2019-2020 CSO representative for the FIU African & African Diaspora Studies Graduate Student Association.