Latinx Liminality

Featured Illustration: Manuela Alejandra Guillén This brown skin is all I have ever known and kept close The only place I have ever been that is both home and unknown The one that blushes and bruises And comforts and rouges And bleeds, oh it bleeds This brown skin that starts fires and washes away the…

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Uyghur Muslims: Oppression and Forced Labour – A New Trend For The Fashion Industry?

Featured Image: Lutpulla – Anonymous “Kindness is a mark of faith and whoever is not kind has no faith.”  – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) . . . The History: Uyghurs are a Muslim minority group in Xinjiang, a northwestern region in China. Xinjiang is the ‘so-called’ home to 10 million Uyghurs. From having their own culture…

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A New Mindset for a New School Year

Featured Image: Hub/John Hopkins University Millions of students will be heading back to school in the coming days in ways they may have never done before. Some university students will no longer be commuting from the bus stop to the train station, and others will be atoning masks and social distancing while writing notes during…

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On Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus: A Black Femme Perspective on European Art

“Did you know that you can’t kill any of the swans?” Ronny exclaimed. Alexis and I looked at Ronny with confusion, it was a weird fact to proclaim as we made our way through St. James’ Park. The swans, viciously beautiful and unperturbed by the presence of so many people, were the last thing that…

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Zain Shah’s Pursuit to ‘Diversify Diversity’

Featured Image: Zain Shah In South Asian society, the pressure to conform to ‘a standard’ shapes the foundations of brown culture. This narrative enforces an expectation for brown youth to preserve this social conditioning through their own lives at the cost of slowly abandoning their individuality, their voice, and their identity. This unwritten narrative is…

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A Sailor Cruising Through Failure

Featured Illustration: Vero Romero “Thank you for submitting to ‘X’. After careful consideration, it was not chosen for publication. This does not reflect the quality of our work.” “Thank you for applying for our research position, but we cannot offer you a position at the moment.” More often than I would have liked, I had…

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Everything Chadwick Boseman Taught Us About Inspiration Porn

Featured Image: Mark Seliger/Vanity Fair In the weeks following his passing, I continued to see this flood of messages making the rounds with the same subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) lament, that Chadwick Boseman went so long hiding his cancer from the world, battling in silence without inviting a throng of fans to share…

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Instagram Infographics Shouldn’t Be Your Main News Source

Featured Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Every day I come across a carousel of Instagram stories on my feed, plastered with neatly designed visuals that aim to explain complex topics in bitesize slides to anyone who may be unfamiliar to them. Infographics, which have traditionally served as tools to accompany and underscore longer sources of information, have…

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Combating Rape Culture: The Rape Culture Pyramid

Featured Illustration: Hanna Barczyk To combat rape culture, we need to first acknowledge the beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate it within our society. We are looking at only the top of the pyramid; whereas, it is being perpetuated by a chain of behaviors and daily practices. It is about time we look at the bottom…

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