The Law of Attraction: Yay or Nay?

At the beginning of the year, while my family was emptying out cupboards, I came across a collection of my old school work that my mother had kept. Among these was a worksheet where we had been instructed to write what we wanted for our future. We must have been in grade 4. I was…

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Unlimited Identities

Everyone has many facets to their personality — no one can be labeled or understood as just having one side to them. A high school teacher may present themselves as a poised and educated person; however, when they are on a night out with their friends they might drink a bit too much beer, let…

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Dear Me: A Journey To Embracing My Natural Hair

Dear Jacia (Age 15-17), During your matriculation in college at Clark Atlanta University, you will understand the enriching dynamics of your natural hair and how negative stereotypes will change to positive ones. The beauty, manageability, and biology of your hair will take a front seat to become your confidence. Your natural hair journey will not…

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I Finally Decided To Walk In My Purpose

For so many years I’ve used the excuse, “I hate being the center of attention.” I never looked at it for what it really was: an excuse. I just saw it as my truth. And the truth being, I didn’t like being the center of attention. I preferred being low key, and behind the scenes.…

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The Battle of the Makeup Brush Against Domestic Violence

Luminous red lipstick, flattering foundation, and bold brows. If only they could conceal the abuse, pain, and distress. Sexual violence, domestic abuse, and human trafficking are unfortunately very common in many parts of the world. What makes it worse is that it is not considered a criminal act in some areas, one of which is…

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You Are Not Damaged Goods

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Sexual abuse is a topic that is not typically discussed in traditional Indian households. The stigma associated with it is so strong that many victims prefer to stay quiet. I’m also one of those victims who chose to stay quiet. This is my untold story. I was nearly 6 years old when…

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Channeling Survivor’s Anger

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault Coming around to writing this piece has been a constant struggle for me. When I finally get to it, I am frozen like I was when it happened to me. I am angry and unable to coherently put my emotions onto paper. Over time, I have realized that I can turn…

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5 Things I Learned In 2018

(Featured Image: Selina Barker) Holiday season is over and university is about to start as I reflect on the past year and the progressions I’ve made. I think it’s safe to say that 2018 left me a mess. Good news though: we get to better ourselves for 2019! In the hopes of motivating myself to…

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A PSA: Combating Ignorance in a Divisive World

I find that being an intersectional feminist in the real world is exceptionally difficult because you can’t correct every racial slur and every sexist comment. Speaking to ignorant people is as productive as speaking to a wall; I actually think you would find that speaking to a wall is far more tolerable. I am a…

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