Bollywood Made Me Feel Like an “Inferior” Indian Because I’m South Indian

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed One night, I was at a mutual friend’s party when I overheard two brown guys having a conversation about a girl one of them had just begun dating. “Hey so, I heard you were dating a Southie girl?”  “Nah, no way. Northies for life.”   As a South Indian myself, I…

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Bridgerton and the Not-So-Innocent Black Girl Trope

I would definitely be lying if I said that I was not one of the hundreds of people raging about Netflix’s newest era piece, Bridgerton. I mean, I didn’t know how much my life needed the classical remix of thank you, next by Ariana Grande and a step-by-step tutorial on how to be the “diamond…

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The Tragedy of John Brown in Pop Culture

Featured Illustration: Laura Lannes When I heard that Showtime was creating a show centered around John Brown, I cannot lie, I was very excited. John Brown is one of the most fascinating historical figures in American history, not just for what he did, but because of how Americans across generations have seen him, praised him,…

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Parasocial Breakups are Tough – But Here’s Why They’re Necessary

Take it from someone who devoted the entirety of their preteen years to a band halfway across the globe — stan culture is a perplexingly addictive thing. I was eleven-years-old when I could recall any One Direction lyric for you in my sleep, identify a song within two seconds of the opening instrumental. I could…

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Arlo Parks: Voice of a Generation

Featured Image: Clash Magazine Arlo Parks has a notably gentle voice. In a striking way, it is pretty, soft, and rather captivating. With two EPs in her discography and several singles, the London-based singer has recently seen her popularity grow with some great musical achievements. In August, she performed her most recent single ‘Hurt’, which…

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Netflix Rom-Coms and Their Love For Problematic White Boys

Featured Illustration: Annabelle Klein *Note: This piece contains spoilers for the following films: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Kissing Booth 1+2. . . . Two years ago, the world of young adults was shaken with the arrival of the film adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The gorgeous colour…

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Reclaiming the Reel: Australian Indian Actress Ria Patel is Writing Her Own Roles

Growing up as a Gujarati Indian in Australia, Ria Patel often felt like an outsider. During her studies at the New York Film Academy, she began to utilize her unique identity to inspire her work. Now, as an award-winning actress and writer, Patel is a force to be reckoned with. The films she creates commonly…

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Daniela Andrade: Reclaiming Identity Through Music

“Blue and white colors burn / Right through my eyes” are the lyrics of Canadian Hondureña Daniela Andrade’s single “Gallo Pinto” from her EP Tamale that poetically, and with pride, invoke the colors of the flag of her motherland and roots that tie her to her Latin American identity. Andrade first began her musical career…

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The Representation of Female Superheroes in Hollywood Movies

Featured Image: MovieMania The representation of superheroes in movies has been questioned by audiences and critics for a long time. The stereotypes, unattainable body standards, and use of certain characters have shaped the way moviegoers perceive these characters. Perhaps the biggest concern for people about these movies is the way female superheroes are represented, and…

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