Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

Mutually empathetic relationships are crucial components of happy and fulfilling lives. To give and receive love is so important, but that can often be clouded by personal insecurities exacerbated by outside pressure. In the American social order, masculinity has been toxically constructed with the goal of oppressing and breaking down non-masculine ideals as a means of holding men above others. Heterosexual relations feature plenty of … Continue reading Toni Morrison’s Jazz & SZA’s CTRL: Roadmaps for Navigating Love in Hate [Longform]

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Voting Initiative with GEN-ZiNE: Get Out and Vote!

We’re excited to announce this collaboration with GEN-ZiNE, an initiative to help voters register and vote this fall. Check out their website for a tool to better inform your voting choices. And here are some posters they’ve drawn up to print out and post around your school, neighborhood, or community! And here’s the QR code if you’re looking to make your own. Continue reading Voting Initiative with GEN-ZiNE: Get Out and Vote!

Sustainable and Stylish: Volo Apparel

Leaving his job as an ESL teacher in South Korea, Pakistani-American Qasim Anwar had little more than inspiration and motivation when he started Volo Apparel. But once inspiration struck, there was no stopping Anwar on his mission to provide a sustainable and practical product, head and shoulders above the competition. “The idea revolves around the pockets and then slowly developed into a full-fledged athleisure brand … Continue reading Sustainable and Stylish: Volo Apparel

Top 5 Groups in Hip-Hop: 2020 Edition

The streaming era may have rendered collective hip-hop projects less effective than in decades past, but these groups still run the game with their ability to blend talent and produce high-quality music. The idea of a rap group is ever-evolving, but in this article, I’m defining the concept as a label, band, group, or collective that consistently collaborates: constant features on each other’s work and … Continue reading Top 5 Groups in Hip-Hop: 2020 Edition

Lecrae, Kanye, and Christian Rap’s Long Winding Road

Early this June, Lecrae Moore, Dan Cathy, and Louis Giglio sat down for what was billed as “An honest conversation about the Church and racism.” For anyone familiar with these three men, (rapper, CEO of Chick-fil-a, and a megachurch pastor, respectively) this may have seemed like an odd triad. Nonetheless, they spoke about racism, the church, and how they relate to American white supremacy. It … Continue reading Lecrae, Kanye, and Christian Rap’s Long Winding Road

Sports, Race, and Capitalism

Throughout the last century, Black athletes such as Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Colin Kaepernick, and countless others have helped lead the way in pushing for social change. Today, we are reaching an unprecedented level of athlete activism.  For instance, LeBron James has become extremely vocal about the injustice Black people face on a daily basis, and just three weeks ago, he helped create a program … Continue reading Sports, Race, and Capitalism

Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Movement of 2020

For basically my whole life, I haven’t been interested in politics. A lot of it was due to the fact that I never really noticed the massive impact that politics had on my everyday life. However, that all changed this past year when I started paying attention to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders. The main thing that fascinated me about Sanders was not his … Continue reading Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Movement of 2020

A Revolution of the Mind

Two weeks ago, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, pushed his knee down on the neck of a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd and killed him, with three other cops aiding and abetting him. Despite Floyd declaring he couldn’t breathe numerous times, Chauvin’s knee remained on him for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, with 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that occurring after … Continue reading A Revolution of the Mind