What We Lost in the Fire

Cape Town burned for three days this April in one of the worst fires that I can remember. I woke to the sound of helicopters transporting water from the dam in the city to the mountainside that was on fire. I fell asleep to the sound of sirens from fire engines, hoping that the wind…

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Featured Image: Nathan Dumlao Derek Chauvin is Guilty of second-degree murder Guilty of third-degree murder And guilty of second-degree manslaughter. Are the first words I wake up to This ugly truth I always knew But they wrapped up under that statement It was one bad apple Asking, What was George Floyd doing? As if it…

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Stop Asking People to Reach Out When They Are In a Mental Health Crisis

Featured Image: Tim Mossholder Every day we see social media posts like: “If you’re feeling depressed, message me”, “Please reach out to me whenever you feel like talking”, “If you’re thinking about taking your own life, call me. I am here for you”, and countless others. Likewise, if we ever come to know that somebody…

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1 Pulitzer, A Hundred Dead

Featured Image: Tyler Franta It was the last week of the semestral break when the first breakdown (supposedly) for the next term transpired. I sat on the edge of my bed with my laptop in my lap — crying over my early preparation for my undergraduate thesis for journalism. I stared at my laptop’s wallpaper…

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The End is The Beginning

Featured Image: Ray Hennessy Let our hearts unlock And our skin touch time Grant life’s movements Life’s changes  To uphold on our skin   And the reminiscences we hold  Quench the barren lands From within   And the sweetness Linger  For as long As we let in   And our hearts are pregnant With an…

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The Controversial Blackness (or lack thereof) of Ancient Egypt

Featured Image: Nick Brundle/Getty Images My first historical love was the history of Ancient Egypt. One of my fondest memories was my Dad gifting me this large coffee table book with pictures of various artifacts from Ancient Egypt. My tiny fingers flipped through the pages as I was mesmerized by the pictures of Ancient Egyptian…

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