The Black Diner Experience

Featured Image: Saimon Ma My grandma owned a diner in D.C. called “Mary’s Place” for over 30 years. Every summer as a kid, I found myself tying an apron around my waist to help sweep and deliver food to customers’ tables. As I weaved around customers, trying to sweep every piece of trash and drop…

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From a Meme to a Social Critique: Who Is “Karen”?

Prefaced by the “can I speak to the manager” meme which first emerged in 2014, the “Karen” trope has since stepped in and taken social media by storm as evidenced by the crowds of online pages dedicated to it, such as the r/F—YouKaren subreddit which has garnered more than 881,000 members since its conception in…

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Why Humanities Should Be Required For STEM Majors

Featured Illustration: Nicolas Ogonosky Whenever school budget cuts are proposed, an event that is becoming far too frequent, one of the first departments to be shut down is the humanities (and arts, but that’s a discussion for a different article). Especially in recent years, many schools have drawn funding away from their arts and humanities…

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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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The Joy of Being Human

Joy has been popping up in my feeds a lot lately. One of the more recent posts was an image of a jazz musician, Jon Batiste, playing freedom songs and hymns on a joyfully decorated upright piano at a protest march in New York. He has been doing that at marches all over the city,…

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There Is Power In Our Names

Featured Image: ‘Afrovaganza’ by Teni Oluwo, photographed by Felix Crown As a Nigerian, my first name is not actually Nigerian. In fact, scratch that — as much as I love being Nigerian, Nigerians tend to be homogenized as one. A country with over 250 ethnic groups and you expect every single ethnic group to be…

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The New York Wealth Bubble

Featured Image: Luke Stackpoole The tall expanse of the Williamsburg Bridge casts a deep shadow on the Brooklyn neighborhood. It’s a hot day, the residents finding shelter underneath umbrellas of new coffee shops and fair-trade hand-woven sun hats. Some would say that this neighborhood is a “bubble” — a small, upper-class community with little care…

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I Am Still Black And Proud

Featured Artwork: Amika Cooper These past few weeks have been stifling. From dealing with friends that ooze of white guilt to dealing with my own identity issues, I feel drained. As someone who is extremely unapologetic about my blackness and how I choose to live out that part of my identity, the sentiment of being…

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