Quarantine Workaholism: A Different Beast

Featured Illustration: Raz Latif Ever since quarantine began, it seems that everyone is pushing themselves to new heights. Comments like, “You should be writing the next great American novel!” and “If you wanted to start a business, now is the time do it!” never fail to send a spike of anxiety down my spine. Of…

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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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Curly Hair: Tangles and Torment

Featured Illustration: Ylli Haruni Frizzy strands peeking out of every hairstyle, knots within minutes of brushing, endless oils applied to subdue the volume — as a young girl, I despised my curls.  Everyone in my family has straight hair; perfect for styling and easy upkeep, a formula I would eagerly trade for my precious headbands…

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Imposter Syndrome and Why It’s Okay to be Proud of Your Accomplishments

As I approach my senior year of college and the inevitable beginning of sending out applications for post-graduate jobs, I’ve been combatting this feeling of imposter syndrome. Granted, I’ve always felt like an imposter in the many spaces I’ve occupied throughout my life, but in this period of time, it’s hitting a bit differently. I’m…

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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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I Thought I Lost the Love of My Life – I Ended Up Finding Myself

Featured Illustration: Daylight Illustrations Before I had my heart severely broken, I was a junior in college at the University of Arkansas, living in the Northwest corner of the state. The year was 2016. That summer was a challenging one, as I found myself yearning to be in an intimate relationship more than I ever…

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