The Case for “Mental Cases”: Slashing Stigmas and Redefining Discourse  

Sometimes, it is not until you experience something for yourself that you truly realize all of its challenges. For those living with a mental illness, one of the many challenges is dealing with the stigma of being labeled as such. Whether it is an anxiety disorder, a mood disorder, or an eating disorder, an association […]

To Pimp A Butterfly: a Musical Landmark

With Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar’s last release good kid m.A.A.d. city being one of the best hip-hop records since the 90’s Golden Era, I admit that I was a bit nervous about the release of To Pimp a Butterfly. In all honesty, his hit single “i” that dropped in the fall last year did not impress me […]

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 […]

A Response to Gary Turk’s “Look Up”

“Look Up” has caused a lot of conversation about social media these past few weeks. In the video, Gary Turk gives a spoken word warning the online generation about the dangers of spending their whole lives looking down on a screen. He reminisces about a time when children played outside instead on their iPhones, and […]

The Lingering Past, Internal Army, and Implausible Future

To me, the past feels like the lingering kiss of someone who’s far gone from your life. To me, the past isn’t something you can change, you should want to change, or anything you should look back to all. There’s no reason at all to go back because what’s forward is more important—and more importantly, […]

What do Black people smell like?

“You speak really good English.” “Your pretty…. For a Black girl.” “You’re only hear because you got one of those minority scholarships, right?” “ Why don’t you just use your womanhood(bottoms, boobs,etc) to get________________.” “ Your supposed to be strong, you’re a guy!” “ Do you wash your hair?” “It smells like Black people in […]

Keep Latchkey Kids Safe in Their School Routine

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of families with children where both parents worked is 59.0 percent. That means these families likely have latchkey kids, or those who come home from school to a house without parents. With the addition of a DIY Home Alarm and some strategic planning, your family will feel […]

Body Shaming: Confessions of a Skinny Girl

Prejudice. Shame. Hate. These are more than just words. These are real, painful actions that affect people everywhere. Chances are, you’ve experienced some sort of hate in your life and can probably recall the memories of how it felt. An alarming trend has been building on social media sites such as Facebook and Tumblr that […]

A Negative Reaction to The Color Purple

The more I research the topic of the different ways society reacts to different movies, the more I learn. Before this week I had only heard positive things about the movie “The Color Purple.” However, after doing some research I have started to rethink my opinion of the movie. According to A Review of Contemporary […]

Young Adult Covers Depict Death as Beautiful

(From Rachel Stark’s article) What do recent Young Adult books all have in common, apart from having beautiful people falling in love at an early age? Book covers featuring the teenage heroines in a picturesque background, serene in the embrace of death – a first impression that is meant to portray the epitome of an […]

Romantic movies distort reality

Seeing American society as it is today, I think it’s fair to say that the two greatest motivations of sin in society are money and sex. A great example of this is the movies produced nowadays. There are always a great number of romantic or sex-based movies playing in theaters. I can easily rattle titles […]

End the Gay Debate!

There was once a time when the word “gay” meant “happy”. Now a days, depending on who you ask, the term “gay” has a negative connotation. Recently, if you were to turn on the television to the news, or pickup a newspaper or even a magazine, I can assure you without a shred of a […]

So you find lesbians sexy but not gay men?

After many enduring years of the Gay community endlessly trying to make us realize that there is nothing askew about homosexuality, our society has finally come around to embrace the Gay community, but not as amiable as Harvey Milk would have hoped us to. Two questions. When was the last time you saw your straight […]

No love + No respect = The extinction of Black women.

If one were to take a look at the old music videos starring rappers such as Snoop Dogg, and then shift their eyes to the current hip hop videos, one would be able to see that the amount of African-American women starring in these videos has alarmingly dwindled down to a point, where it has […]

The Age of Entitlement

It’s no secret that I want to work in the entertainment industry, at least not to friends, family, and anyone who’s been near me for longer than ten minutes. So it’s only natural that I read, watch, and listen to a lot of interviews to stay up to date on my gossip. After listening to […]

The Truth About Sexuality

A few weeks ago President Obama publicly stated that he supports gay marriage. This led to many controversies between politicians and the public, which then led to people questioning whether Obama really did support gay marriage or if it was just a strategy to help him gain more votes in the next election. Very few […]

Bus Monitor Bullying Reveals a Deeper Problem with Our Society

By now, most people have heard the story of the bus monitor in Greece Central School District in New York who was bullied by four seventh graders. The bus monitor, an older woman by the name of Karen Klein, was taunted by these four students during a bus ride in which they largely made fun […]

Restrooms: Leading to Issues over Equal Rights?

Let’s talk about restrooms. I’m sure that after you read that last sentence, the first thought on your mind was, “Why?” Before going further I’ll pose a few more questions. Have you ever felt that your access to a restroom was limited? Have you ever had to pay in order to use a restroom? Many […]