My parents didn’t have a voice, but they helped me find mine.

Featured Illustration: Maxine Vee Growing up, I was an avid reader who spent most summers sprawled out on the carpet, legs crossed, rolling sideways to avoid the path of my mother’s vacuuming rather than choosing to momentarily take my eyes off the page. Most of the books I was reading at the time were from…

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Beautiful Inside and Out: A Conversation with Entrepreneur MJ Thomas

Entrepreneur MJ Thomas is the proud owner and founder of Malaya Studios in Pacifica, California. They offer lash, ink, skin, and wax services at two locations in the area with 10 resident artists and growing. Thomas also founded and is the lead educator at MalayaMade Pro Academy. She uses her 12 years of industry experience…

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The Death Penalty and Its Implications in Lynching

Featured Illustration: The Appeal In Sumter County, Florida, in 1902, a Black man by the name of Henry Wilson was condemned to death and subsequently hanged before a violent, white mob. He was accused of murder, and his trial spanned over the short period of just two hours and forty minutes. This trial was accompanied…

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New Development: Commodifying Real-Life Murder is the True Crime 

Featured Illustration: Belle Wuthrich Anyone who’s been connected to the Internet for this past week knows that the disappearance of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito has been front and center on national headlines for the past week. A young, ambitious 22-year-old vlogger who left on a cross country trip with her boyfriend never returned — even when…

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At Odds With The Air: A Conversation About the Evolution of Culture with Mallika Chandaria

By Sadia Parveen, Tejashree Murugan, and Ally De Leon . . . The 98 Arts Collective is a new immersive content production startup that has had successful shows in Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, and Boston. Their latest project At Odds With The Air — a movement album born out of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Daughters of a Different Path

Daughters of a Different Path is a story about a young African American woman, Leanna, who seeks her mother’s acceptance. After her mother rejects her decision of becoming Muslim, Leanna begins to deal with inner obstacles of doubt. The story is not only about Leanna’s conversion and the repercussions of her decision, but about transforming…

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How One Organization is Redefining Mental Health for South Asians

Featured Illustration: Anatolii Babii A lot of entrepreneurs are motivated to create the resources they needed when they were younger, and Poonam Rahman is no exception. Growing up as a Bangladeshi American and Muslim, she remembers being bullied for her name and ethnic background. “When I sought out support at my high school, I realized…

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The Police Don’t Care About Women, And It’s Killing Us

Featured Illustration: Niki Groom When details emerged about Wayne Couzens’ criminal past, many of us were left wondering why he wasn’t stopped before taking Sarah Everard’s life. The answer lies in the hotbed of institutional misogyny within the police. Content warning: femicide, sexual assault, sexual harassment. A story we know all too well. . .…

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What is the Secret Behind Indonesia’s Love of Badminton?

The Olympics closing ceremony was just a few weeks ago and we have to wait for another 3 years until Paris 2024. After a full year of no major sporting events, the Olympics are here to cure us of the lack of sports content. This year there are so many stories surrounding the mega sporting…

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