CULTURE, EMPOWERMENT

Unlearning the Harmful Impacts of Colorism

Featured Illustration: ‘Shade Cards’ by Muskaan Gupta Often in our society, we view discrimination towards someone’s skin color as a form of racism. However, it should be noted that discrimination against one’s skin color can also be a factor of colorism as well. Colorism is the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin […]

Read more
MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

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 […]

Read more
LIFE, POETRY & PROSE

The Sorrowful Souvenir

You will forever be embossed in my heart, How I feel tormented by your departure. Your love and support is my remedy, Stored in the deepest of memories.   When you’re young, your heart’s an open book. A childhood where love is all you Making nostalgia the crook   The type of innocent love With […]

Read more
LIFE, POETRY & PROSE

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 […]

Read more
LIFE, POETRY & PROSE

Forgiveness

Featured Image: Cinyee Chiu I forgive for myself And I forgive myself   I forgive the world And perhaps it can too   I can’t erase your past Or mine wouldn’t last   I can’t forget a face That left me  In this vicious dance   But I possess a choice For myself As vast […]

Read more
EMPOWERMENT, POETRY & PROSE

Inner Joy

Featured Illustration: Virginia Moreno I never felt so loved Being unloved I never felt so secure In my insecurities   I never felt so sustained In my loneliness   To be so supported And alone   The warmth Penetrates through my skin Awakening myself With a glowing tinge   It eradicates Every doubt   Every […]

Read more
EMPOWERMENT, LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH

The Importance of Volunteering

Featured Illustration: Sascha Morawetz Volunteering is the act of an individual or group freely giving their time and labor for community service. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to their community or make a difference in the lives of the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop […]

Read more
EMPOWERMENT, POETRY & PROSE

Education

Featured Illustration: Lina Mulik Read a narrative when not mandated Nurture a love for a learning Follow your passions They may turn  One day,  Into your earnings   Acquaint with the world Perhaps even amend it Discern something You once couldn’t   But now can name it   Learn And share Flourish And become aware […]

Read more