Beneath The Stairs

Featured Artwork: Adrian Delgado We used to rent out the basement in my house. There, through the golden columns and bronze pyramids of despair and dreams they strode in. The pearl painted chippings of lands that once were laid at their feet. Underneath their soles were eternities of ancestors waiting for their return. They carried…

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Nature Through a Romantic’s Lens

Featured Artwork: ‘Evening: Landscape with an Aqueduct’ by Théodore Géricault As time moves forward, we distance ourselves further away from past ideologies and lifestyles. Intellectual movements become preserved in textbooks, and their products end up framed in museums. Values of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Modernism are scrutinized and criticized by students aiming to submit provoking…

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Unburdening From Intergenerational Trauma: A First-Gen Journey

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed First-generation immigrant household. South Asian. Eldest daughter. I am sure that some of you are more than familiar with the life that that entails. Many of us have grown up hearing how our parents’ and grandparents’ generation struggled to create a better life for us having moved halfway across the…

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Maryland and D.C. are 100% Part of “The South” but We Should Talk About It

Featured Image: ‘Baltimore, MD’, Mike Von It is recommended to read this article with a U.S. map. During a trip to New Orleans, I had the great opportunity to visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Ogden claims to have the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern Art, with artists from states such…

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Why Don’t We Take Women as Seriously as Men?

Featured Illustration: Zulfa Ishak For several weeks or so, I wasn’t sure how to begin writing this piece. This is very much a stream-of-consciousness essay where I will be attempting to tell a narrative that is quite difficult to swallow after 2020. But I believe in any case, a personal anecdote always does the trick,…

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Seasonal Poetry

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed I am told Europe is beautiful in the summer Indian summers try their best to melt you to the ground. How shall I compare thy summer’s day to mine? Our flowers are scorched under the sun The same sun that shines so benevolently on you This same flower that smiles…

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The Death Of The GirlBoss

Featured Illustration: Kelly Caminero Feminism in the workplace is a touchy subject. We love to hear success stories of women who built up empires, became “self-made” millionaires, and have now devoted their lives to teaching other women how to follow in their footsteps. But for each one that makes it big, hundreds of thousands do…

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brown skinned girl

Featured Illustration: Phung Banh Brown skinned girl Coconut wet black curls. Pigment in that burning gaze Could light any candle that holds your space. Speak with those honeyed and remedied lips Sway into the night with your ancestors’ hips. Never let them take your cinnamon sighs For a sign of defeated cries. Across the palms…

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Defining Les Misérables in the 21st Century

Featured Illustration: Cristiano Gonçalo The first time that I heard of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables was in a café.  The shop looked something out of an auteur’s Elysian: the splendid oranges, shaded by moody hues of blues, the bale-like arrangements of fluffy breads and pastries. It was this pseudo-Parisian place — the mahogany walls, lined…

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