Bollywood Made Me Feel Like an “Inferior” Indian Because I’m South Indian

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed One night, I was at a mutual friend’s party when I overheard two brown guys having a conversation about a girl one of them had just begun dating. “Hey so, I heard you were dating a Southie girl?”  “Nah, no way. Northies for life.”   As a South Indian myself, I…

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Stop Co-Opting Our Movements and Get Your Own

Featured Image: Financial Times Black Lives Matter. Not only is it true, but it’s also the name of a movement. Our movement. Not a trendy bio insert. Because let’s be real for a sec. Most of the people with BLM in their bios are violently anti-Black. But this isn’t about that. This is about other…

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3 Challenges as a First-Generation Student and How I Overcame Them

Featured Illustration: Leonardo Santamaria A first-generation student is best described as someone whose parents did not attend college, therefore making the student the first one in the family to do so. My experience being first-generation has brought many challenges. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until my junior year at California State University, Bakersfield, that I gained the…

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Bridgerton and the Not-So-Innocent Black Girl Trope

I would definitely be lying if I said that I was not one of the hundreds of people raging about Netflix’s newest era piece, Bridgerton. I mean, I didn’t know how much my life needed the classical remix of thank you, next by Ariana Grande and a step-by-step tutorial on how to be the “diamond…

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“Hetero” — Is it a Mental Disease?

Featured Artwork: ‘What If?’ by Roxana Radulescu *Note: This piece is purely satirical. All quotes are works of fiction. . . . What if homosexuality were considered normal, and heterosexuality unnatural? A new study from Pfizer Inc. has revealed that heterosexuality is indeed a mental disease. The results were submitted to a peer-reviewed journal and…

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“Nightcrawler” and Ethical Photojournalism at the Capitol Riots

Featured Illustration: Reza Bassiri I still remember exactly what I was doing when the Trump-supporting domestic terrorists stormed America’s Capitol. I was watching the neo-noir psychological thriller Nightcrawler on a Zoom call with my friends and the third act of the film had just started. We were so engrossed in the film that we hadn’t…

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Things Teachers Need to Unlearn

Featured Illustration: Anna and Elena Balbusso What makes a great teacher? One will find several responses to this question. There is, however, one thing that no one tells you: if you don’t decide to do things differently, you’re going nowhere as a teacher. So, what exactly does it mean to unlearn something? ‘Unlearning’ is the…

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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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