Between the World and Me: A book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Featured Image: The Atlantic Have you ever felt fearful of your body growing up? Have you ever felt unsettled with your own identity? Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates talks about the apprehensive state in which he grew up in his book, Between the World and Me. He confides all his intimate concerns, worries and agitations to his…

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Yemen: Why The World Needs To Wake Up

Yemen, the country once known as the land of the happy and fortunate is far from its pre-existing glory.  The Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing war that began back in 2015, between the Yemeni government and the Houthi-led rebels, a coalition backed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia along with the U.S. The war…

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Combating Anti-Black Racism Within Latinx Communities

Featured Artwork: Brittany Holloway As tensions erupt across the globe, the Latinx community has shown solidarity by demanding the end of racism and protesting throughout the cities. Systemic racism and police brutality have disproportionately caused pain and merciless murder for Black people in the United States. However, marching in the streets is not enough to…

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The Breath That Connects Us

Featured Artwork: Feroze Alam In the same week that George Floyd was so callously killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, I attended a webinar celebrating Africa Month and what it meant to be African. Right here in South Africa, a country that carries the heavy legacy of colonialism, slavery, and apartheid, is irrefutable, scientific…

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Are The Filipino People Truly Free?

Featured Artwork: Thea Torres On June 12th, the Philippines celebrates its 122nd year of independence: a feat we achieved thanks to our forefathers who wielded their pens and swords and revolted against our colonizers. But given the recent turn of events, our country seems to be doing them a great disservice by allowing a tyrant…

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On Being Black in America Amid Current Events

Featured Image: Hollie Adams for Teen Vogue Living while Black. That was the only crime many Black men committed before being brutally murdered by law enforcement. But wearing the skin they’re in isn’t a crime, unless you live in the US, a country built on racial oppression and genocide. See, we call ourselves the United…

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Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Explained

Directed by Ava DuVernay, 13th is a documentary that explores the thirteenth amendment of the constitution. This 1965 amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. DuVernay’s film examines how Black US citizens are still discriminated against through mass incarceration. Garnering many positive reviews by film critics, 13th received high praise, even earning an…

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The Problem with Performative Activism

Featured Image: University Press On June 2, many awoke to black squares partnered with #BlackoutTuesday flooding their Instagram feeds. These posts came at the heels of George Floyd’s death, one of the many Black individuals to die at the hands of police brutality. The trend was created by two music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in “observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the Boulevard”,…

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The Black Lives Matter Movement Isn’t a Trend

Featured Artwork: Adrian Brandon On May 25th, 2020: George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an innocent Black man suffocated for more than seven minutes by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressing onto his throat. Mr. Floyd begged for air, repeatedly calling out, “I can’t breathe.” Let it be known that Mr. Floyd’s…

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