“Calling all poets and visionaries,” read the post on Instagram. It was a Saturday, and my friend and I had taken a trip to New York to explore for the weekend. She had been scrolling through her feed when she found the post on one of those creative, feminist, empowerment […]
The Super Bowl is the American spectacle. Every year, this event reveals what is important to the American public. Besides testosterone, alcohol, and cash, Lady Gaga’s halftime show has received an enormous amount of attention since Sunday night.
Less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions of people across the world took to the streets to march in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration reform, environmental protection, and religious freedom, among other socially pressing issues. […]
Men – it’s time we addressed gender inequality in America without using a certain coordinating conjunction.
Five years old. The Bronx. Playing in a park. Woman rams her bicycle handlebar into my eye, muttering “terrorist.” Eight years old. Stop trying to learn Telugu. You shouldn’t speak it, people look wary when mom and dad speak it. It doesn’t matter that you’re a Hindu—you’re brown. Preteen. Stay […]
What do you get when you combine queerness, Blackness, teenage love, urban struggle, and tropical weather? You get Moonlight, a film written and directed by Barry Jenkins and inspired by Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
I grew up with the idea that mental illness wasn’t real. “It’s an excuse,” my mom would say to me, “You’re lazy, so you have ADD. You want to complain, so you have depression.” In a predominantly Asian suburb, this was a piece of common knowledge imparted by our traditional […]
How do you feel late at night on Locust Walk? Do you feel like you’re in danger? Do you think your college campus is perfectly safe? The United States Department of Justice defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of […]
It’s a mid October day, 3pm. I’m sitting in a lecture hall rapidly clicking my pen, fighting to keep my eyes open as the professor scans the room in search of the next student to viciously question about last night’s reading. I divert my eyes- maybe if I look down, […]
Redlining [red-lahy-ning]: noun: a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance companies, etc., refuse or limit loans, mortgages, insurance, etc., within specific geographic areas, especially inner-city neighborhoods. (via dictionary.com) The practice of redlining in cities across the United States, including Philadelphia, started with the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in […]