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  • December 15, 2020By Shermarie Hyppolite

    Black culture is so heavily ingrained in pop culture that people unfamiliar with aspects of Black culture have reimagined Black culture to be the gateway to popularity. So many of the popular things we see on the daily like music, fashion and comedy are led by Black people, to the point where Black is sort

  • October 23, 2020By Phyllis Feng

    The turn of the twenty-first century has seen a radical shift in our attitudes towards mental health. Before, it was viewed as a taboo. Those afflicted with it, when brave enough to reveal their struggles, were scorned and forced through traumatizing medical procedures such as lobotomies. They were categorized as weak.   Thankfully, our reservations

  • August 14, 2020By Shermarie Hyppolite

    “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”-Malcolm X No matter the year, Malcolm X’s words will forever ring true. As a Black woman, I am used to Black pain often being reduced

  • August 4, 2020By Phyllis Feng

    At its heart, it’s simple: we flock towards those who are most like us. We crave connection, and where better to find it than with those who share common ground? Whether it’s by race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, interest or any other categorical factor, we unconsciously divide ourselves into sectors. Into us and them. It

  • July 18, 2020By Derek Deng

    “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” started out as a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement— but in attempts to spread awareness, her death has been co-opted by meme culture, dehumanizing Taylor into a symbol of performative allyship.  Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old Black woman and emergency room technician, was sleeping on

  • July 8, 2020By Nicole Hur

    Tiktok, a social media app that allows users to create short videos in a variety of genres from comedy to aesthetic montages, has revived stereotypes to mainstream culture. You have probably heard the terms “e-girl” or “VSCO girls”—“e-girls” (electronic girls) being the edgy, cool girls who rock unnatural hair colors and bold eyeliner, which sometimes

  • July 3, 2020By Mary Dodys

    Do you remember reading your mother’s magazines and finding tips on losing weight? Maybe you’ve stumbled upon an infomercial at one a.m. that was advertising fat-shedding pills and products. Or perhaps your friend suggested a new diet plan like paleo, veganism or simply not ingesting food so you can both get your beach bodies ready.

  • July 1, 2020By Phyllis Feng

    A national health crisis. Cries of activism. The answering tide of social reform. Along with this havoc, comes a stirring within the YouTube community in 2020 to question our influencers’ intentions. During this era of restlessness and fatigue, we reflect on the scars marring America’s relationship with race. Wounds that still reverberate in every institution

  • June 27, 2020By Phyllis Feng

    The trending page on YouTube has always been a cesspool of sensationalist thumbnails and clickbait titles, but recently I dared to visit it again, bracing for the worst — and lo and behold, shouting out at me from the screen at #1, was The ACE Family’s newest video: “THE ACE FAMILY OFFICIAL LABOR AND DELIVERY!!!”

  • May 29, 2020By Hania Def

    As of May 2020, the pandemic that took the world by storm has not only had a crucial impact on the global safety and health of billions of people but most and foremost on the economy of their societies. Now more than ever, big corporations and companies linked to the multi-billion industry that is the

  • April 24, 2020By Phyllis Feng

    Trauma porn — it is as distasteful as it sounds.  Referring to the “perverse fascination with other people’s misfortune,” trauma porn is a term coined from the darkest bowels of the media, representative of the effects of mass-circulation. Gifted, or perhaps cursed, with the sophisticated networks of communication that cast themselves around the globe, images

  • February 27, 2020By Lauren Faulkner

    Our culture—particularly that of Western nations—thrives off the idea of building those in the public eye up and knocking them back down when the chance is granted. The death of Caroline Flack, who is well known as the host of Love Island and a winner of Strictly Come Dancing, on Feb 15 has caused celebrities