I ran into one of my college mentor’s, Aisha (pictured here in the grey sweatshirt). At Fordham,  we kind of connected even though she was three or four years ahead of me. She always took time to talk to me about continuing my education and keeping a head on my shoulders.

One of my fondest memories of her is after we had a talk about hair and food (she had just cut her’s short and to me that move was very daring) she took me to an Indian market off Fordham Road to show me where she brought her spices.

While making friends was never hard for me, I think during college I felt lonely sometimes (as we all do!). Nonetheless, one of the things about the atmosphere at Fordham (Rose Hill Campus) is there is some type of unspoken rule that us Asili folks will look out for each other and without being told to, that’s what Aisha did. I am always grateful to her and the other upper class- (wo)men for taking me under their wings.


Vito’s Story

My Dad met the owner of Dominick’s Pizzeria, Vito, in person one night on the road.

Vito had car problems and needed someone to boost his vehicle. My father happened to be the person who helped him out. Vito wanted to pay my dad but my father said it was okay. So, Vito invited him to his restaurant.

We arrived unannounced on a Sunday afternoon. We were the only ones there who sat and stayed for a while. Vito and my dad shook hands and then he met my sisters and I. They spoke for a little bit and then we meet his wife.

After she gave us a warm welcome she jokingly said to my father, ‘you should have left him at the side of the road!’ Her anecdotes and witty comments help set the homely tone for the afternoon.

Vito and Anne fixed a really good pizza for us,( as you saw in the other picture)Dominick's Pizzeria. We had to wait for a while but it was worth the wait. It was fresh and delicious. You ever had pizza with shrimp? Vito said he always think of new pizza recipes.

I aim to visit Vito again. You should go too! Visit Dominick’s Pizzeria at 1015 Allerton Ave Bronx, NY 10469.