National Obsession: Tales of the Homewrecker

Infidelity is commonly regarded as taboo, a dirty little secret made for dimly lit corners of public spaces or encrypted online conversations. This is somewhat the basis of its appeal: the thrill of trying not to get caught, and the succeeding confidence boost that comes with obtaining something one isn’t meant to have. But here…

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Talking About Color in India

Featured Artwork: Manasi Vaidya “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”  –Maya Angelou Traveling the world is something we all dream of. Our lives seem so small, and the world so large, absolutely brimming with wonders we have yet to feast our senses on. Whenever some family…

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Hijras: The Age-Old Transgender Community in South Asian Culture

Featured Artwork: Madhura Kamat Growing up in an Indian-Malaysian household, I’m glad I was constantly surrounded by my culture, whether it was through stories my grandmother told me during sleepless nights or the many vibrant pictures and paintings that decorated the walls of my house. I always had a reminder of my heritage. I can’t…

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How this Gender Non-Conforming Artist is Saving Lives with a Book Drive

When Alok Vaid-Menon calls their new book “life-saving,” they’re not boasting.

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A (Personal) Written Speech on Racism & Anti-Blackness

Featured Artwork: Shirien Damra 6.13.20 Hi. I’m Na’ilah. A lot of y’all know me as Nailah — minus the Arabic pronunciation — because it’s easier for me to dumb my name down for everyone else’s benefit. My name is Arabic for achiever, I believe. I never felt like it was a name that fit me.…

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Bitter Roots, Sweet Home

Featured Artwork: Madeline Kate Martinez When I was little, I dreamt of living in a house by the water with white picket fences. With a front porch and pots of plants leading the doorway. With a basement to host sleepovers in. With a garage for two cars, central air, an in-unit laundry machine, a kitchen…

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The Emotional Trauma of Racism

Featured Artwork: Daylight Illustrations I cried when I heard the story of Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old biracial woman whose face and neck were burned by white men wielding lighter fluid in Wisconsin, though she fortunately survived. It’s clear that this was a racist hate crime, given that her attackers called her a racial slur just…

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Urgent Call to Action: Feeding Yemen

Featured Artwork: Niki Singleton A Nation. A nation compounded with poverty and thrown off the edge with a civil war.  A nation once skyrocketing with rich architecture now littered with bombs and destruction in all its form. A nation screaming for help yet silenced by the very lack of awareness to their suffering.  A nation…

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Black Lives More Than Matter

Featured Image: Minnesota Historical Society The recent developments in this country have shed light on a harrowing reality: there are two different Americas in the United States. There’s mainstream America, mostly occupied by Caucasians. This side of the country comes with the typical American Dream — a sizable dwelling place, a picturesque lawn typically protected…

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