Meditations: A Series of Self-Portraits

What I wear can’t be replaced.  Inside or out, it always stays the same. Day after day, I look at myself and reflect on my outfit of (no) choice. Black skin and nappy curls is what it is. My outfit has its pros and cons. Nonetheless, I take care and maintain it  with the utmost…

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Languages of Change

Featured Illustration: Sage Barnes This is the summer We blossomed into being We stepped inside of ourselves Into the discomfort Of our own minds Of our shared spaces That shape our lives We learned to make choices For healing (us) For nurturing (us) For surviving.  All the people inside of us Meet us more often…

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How Idol Dramas Changed the 21st Century Asian Media Landscape

In many ways, media is a reflection of the world we live in and the cultures with which we surround ourselves. One important piece of this reflection is television, where episodic works are presented in people’s living rooms around the world, shaping daily conversations and, in some cases, redefining an entire media landscape. In Asia,…

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“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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Embracing Loneliness through Escapism in Animal Crossing

Unless you’ve been living quietly in the mountains since this pandemic started (which, kudos to you, sounds like a great idea), you’ve probably heard of a game called “Animal Crossing.” Maybe you’ve also heard of a certain Raymond, an office cat with heterochromia who absolutely everyone seems to be in love with, and if you’re…

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