EMPOWERMENT, THE ARTS

DONDA: Kanye’s Search for an Integrated Self

Featured Image: BFA/Yeezy via Vogue In the full light of hindsight, seeing the past with grown conscience is a painful discovery. The only direction is tomorrow, with an offensively unfixable yesterday. “We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold,” Kundera paints this unbearable life. The nadirs of life’s course […]

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EMPOWERMENT, LGBTQ+, MENTAL HEALTH

An Exciting Life for the Depressed Mind

Trigger Warning: Mentions of suicidal thoughts and depression . . . My depression began at the age of twelve. I remember looking up one morning after I had washed my face wishing I were dead. It seemed that a tired dejected little Black girl’s face followed me around. Only her face has now grown into […]

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CULTURE, EMPOWERMENT, FEMINISM

Of Kulfi and Kajals: How One Beauty Brand is Bridging the Gap Between Tradition and Innovation

Featured Image: Badal Patel Kulfi Beauty is as sweet as it is disruptive. While inclusivity is necessary for any industry, this upcoming NYC-based beauty brand is set on exploring something more — self-reflection and celebration. Through intentional storytelling, Kulfi boldly confronts colorism, classism, and patriarchal norms that have been historically embedded within the South Asian […]

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LIFE, MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world […]

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CULTURE, OPINION

Tackling Colorism in Asian Communities

Featured Illustration: Katherine Tsai When we think of racism, the easiest thing that comes to mind is ignorant white folk and the ghost of colonialism past (is it though?) and the pain it has consequently brought us for years. What we sometimes fail to criticize, and even acknowledge at times, is the racism that exists […]

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EMPOWERMENT, MENTAL HEALTH, OPINION

A Sailor Cruising Through Failure

Featured Illustration: Vero Romero “Thank you for submitting to ‘X’. After careful consideration, it was not chosen for publication. This does not reflect the quality of our work.” “Thank you for applying for our research position, but we cannot offer you a position at the moment.” More often than I would have liked, I had […]

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MENTAL HEALTH, POETRY & PROSE, RELIGION

My Religion

Featured Image: Drew Beamer Pray. Grasp these beads, they are your home For the temple lies within Pray. Sit beneath His feet Your body belongs to Him Terminate her image Her life in your mind Pray. Let the flame protect you Its gift in strength Ancestral intentions Words birthed upon infancy Burdens paralleled in honors […]

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