Kashay Striplin has worked at Super Cut on College Ave., in Berkeley, for a year, since graduating from Berkeley High. She is currently attending Los Meandos Junior College in Pittsburg and plans to transfer to Clark, or Spellman. She plans to major in West African Dance and General Ed. While at Berkeley High, in November 2006, Striplin was part of a group of Seniors that toured Black Schools and says, “ it greatly influenced my interest in going to Spellman”.
Her parents are Karen and Anthony Striplin and she has 4 sisters and brothers: Anshana, Aereona, Anthony Jr. and Maelon. Striplin loves to read, is interested in drama and comedy, and says, “I’m a ‘big kid’ – I love to play basketball and 4 squares”.
When reflecting on the violence in our streets, Striplin says, “This violence is heart-breaking. I’ve attended funerals for several of my friends. And I don’t see it stopping until people can learn the value of life; it is so much more precious than pride. I wish we could learn to let our light shine.”
Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.