The True State of Australian Racism 

I was sitting on the train recently when a group of young high school students boarded the train. Among them was a tall boy with curly bleach blond hair and skin fairer than snow. As I was admiring the curls on the young boy’s head and wishing my 4C hair would be as receptive to…

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Searching For Meaning

I was a self-absorbed child. Grasping for the steering wheel to follow my own route, disregarding others’ inclinations. The need to exert control over all aspects of my life was dizzying, and losing the reign was not an option. How could people treat themselves so lightly whilst doom mounted inside of me? I had always expected…

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The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health: Prologue

The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health Issues is a fictional story of Daniyal: a 20-year-old young Indian man struggling with mental health, OCD in particular. Written by Mohammed Arai, this story is narrated in different parts, with each part focusing on various aspects of Daniyal’s life.   The author, through…

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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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New Zealand Terrorist Attacks: The Fight Against Double Standards

On March 15th, I went to sleep heartbroken because of the news of a terrorist attack against Muslims in New Zealand. I had opened Twitter directly after my sister went to bed and my heart stopped. I couldn’t stop crying. I was in pain, and angry. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. And as I…

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I’m Changing.

Spiritually. Emotionally. Physically. Life has been very interesting these days. I find myself in the midst of myself. I didn’t know it was possible to get deeper in tune with myself, but here I am. It has been quite an interesting experience for me. I find myself not how I once was. And I can…

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