Racial Abuse Towards Black Footballers: A Country’s Passion Reveals Its Bigotry

Featured Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images, A mural of the England forward Marcus Rashford was defaced in Manchester. On Sunday the 11th of July 2021, every football fan anticipated with excitement the last game of the UEFA European Football Championship 2020: England vs Italy. My English friends kept bragging about every English win so far (as…

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Emergence

As the sun rises, so do they: the embodiment of wonder, curiosity, play, intuition, and magic. The spirits that lie within the natural elements teach us to embrace creation and creativity, magnetize our joy and release all fear. Photography & Creative Direction: @tembotones Muse: @iameleazar MUA: @lastlookswitherica Wardrobe: @ajovang Jewels: @eyeofiris

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POV: The Young Asian American Experience

How much do you know about the Asian American students in your class? You’ve heard the model minority myth, the stereotypes, the “toxic” parental pressure, and probably even witnessed the statistical success of the Asian American student. But how much of it is really true? And which of these perceptions are detrimental to the Asian…

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In Conversation with Vijay Sarathy, Visual Artist and Photographer

Featured Images: Vijay Sarathy Vijay Sarathy is a self-taught visual artist and photographer from Chennai, India. His work involves transforming bodies of nature to represent inner states. Your photographs depict landscapes and objects that feel tantalizingly familiar, and yet they manage to propel the viewer into a parallel universe that is infinitely more surreal and…

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Voices Leak Identities: On Speaking Up

Featured Illustration: Melissa Koby Voices leak identities, someone told me recently when I confessed to being terrified of public speaking. I had been asked to present a lecture on the cultural aspects of slavery, for an online seminar. In spite of feeling confident about the topic, I was aware of a familiar pervasive feeling of…

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Hey Alexa, Play “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross

Featured Illustration: “Show Me as I Want to Be Seen” by Claude Cahun I’m a bisexual person. My pronouns are she/they and the more introspection I do, the more I find that I’m slowly slipping into the non-binary territory. And that’s cool but every day I wake up and face a dilemma. Do I need…

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How Toxic Positivity is Counterproductive

Toxic positivity can be attributed to “insincere” positivity which is detrimental to someone’s mental well-being.  It is “the assumption, either by one’s self or others, that despite a person’s emotional pain or difficult situation, they should only have a positive mindset”, as Dr. Jaime Zuckerman phrased it. Examples of toxic positivity in daily phrases can…

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