The Youth Sports System Needs a Makeover

As the dangers of obesity have become more prevalent to Americans, we have consequently shifted to a more active way of living and healthier habits. This lifestyle has definitely translated to youth sports, as an estimated 45 million children and adolescents participate in them. [1] On the surface, this fact seems a pretty remarkable feat. […]

No Longer the Sidekick: The importance of diversifying in the media

The personas of a math genius or a martial arts master are stock characters found in movies and television shows. These stereotypes are examples of roles that Asian actors and actresses receive. They are casted as sidekicks and never star as the leading protagonist. Fresh off the Boat is the first sitcom to star an […]

Long Live the (Spoiled) Queen

You see it everyday. It’s all around us and it can get a little annoying and rude, but we choose to ignore it.  It’s at the grocery store, it’s in schools, it’s even at church! What could this apocalyptic thing possibly be? I’ll give you a hint: you were once one of these, maybe you […]

Art Come to Life: Toys based off of Children’s Drawings

Do you have any younger siblings or cousins who love to draw? Many artists are creating toys based off of children’s artwork. One of the most popular artists doing this is Wendy Tsao, owner of Child’s Own Studio. Tsao was inspired to begin making toys from the softies art movement which started in Japan.  Softies […]

10 Things People Tell Me When I Say I Never Want Children

The day I become pregnant is the day I consider myself an unfortunate character trapped in a horror film. As a little girl, I was told that someday I would (inevitably, according to everyone) have kids of my own, have a husband, and own a suburban home where i’d make a comfortable living as a […]

Slytherin to Harry Potter’s New World

For every muggle living in the human world, the unveiling of Universal Orlando Studios’ The World of Harry Potter back in 2010 gave the chance to explore a world only seen in books and movies. This expansion of the Islands of Adventure theme park truly did JK Rowling’s Harry Potter justice, and since then, people […]

Why Do(n’t) We Care?

This all started with one short commercial. I’m sure you’ve all seen it before; those feed the children ads. It starts with the starving foreign kids staring into the camera as a soft piano plays, tugging at your heartstrings. Then a wholesome narrator pleads with you to expend a bit of your comfort to ensure […]

Keep An Eye On: The Red Band Society

Spain is a country with a great tradition in the arts. From artists like Pablo Picasso, Miguel de Cervantes, Plácido Domingo and Javier Bardem, this small territory manages to produce high quality entertainment to Europe and the rest of the world. However, the language issue is one that obstructs a free flow of content from […]

“HelpMeSee” in the face of Cataract Blindness

20.3 million people in the developing world, or half of all the blind people in the world, suffer from cataract blindness. There are children that will grow up without ever using their eyes despite the fact that a simple surgery could cure it in less than the time it takes to finish an SAT session.  […]

Amazon Under Fire for Sex Book

Amazon, one of the largest online retailing sites, came under fire by Love 146, an organization that campaigns against child trafficking and exploitation, for its marketing of a self-published e-book “Age of Consent: A Sex Tourists Guide!” by Peter F. Friedmann, which appears to, according to the Huffington Post, “encourage pedophilia overseas. It’s description stated […]

Children: For Them, Sexually Suggestive Dancing is Never Cute

Several days ago I was doing my usual routine of checking worldstarhiphop.com, when I came across a video of six-years old doing a sexually suggestive dance called “Dem Bow”. The video was shot in Washington Heights, NY, which isn’t very far from where I live. Videos like these are sad because they expose to children […]

Bikers Against Child Abuse: Breaking the Chains of Abuse

(Bikers helping a victim feel safe – photo by Karina Bland) If you were a victim to abuse at six years of age, likely at the hands of a once-trustworthy adult figure, who would you turn to for reassurance? Try a beefy, black-leather-wearing guy on a roaring motorcycle. With their emblematic do-rags and tattoos, they […]

Domestic Workers (or Servants)

Here, halfway across the world from America, we refer to them “maids”, defined by the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary as “a woman or girl employed to do domestic work”. Also know as domestic workers, these foreigners leave their homes to work for their predominantly middle class employees abroad, taking on the roles of a live-in […]