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Damien Carlos

Damien Carlos
Entertainment

J.Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” is a Story About the Power of Love

While it seemed that the world  was being set ablaze throughout the entirety of 2016, this year has repeatedly gifted us with great music to get us through the times. Just before 2017 arrives, the month of December has been no different with release dates slated for Childish Gambino, J.Cole, Ab-Soul, Kid Cudi, and Drake. On Dec. 2, Childish Gambino released Awaken, My Love! which proved to be a soulful masterpiece. On Dec. 9, Rapper J.Cole

Real Life

Why I Decided To Work Instead Of Attending College

From our very first day of kindergarten to high school graduation, we’ve been told over and over again about the importance of education and going to college. For years we’ve been taught that the only way to become happy and successful is to earn a college degree. When I think about my senior year, I can’t even remember being asked, “What are you doing after high school?” Instead, the question was always, “What college are

Real Life

Learning How To Be An Adult After High School

Growing up sucks. That is an undeniable truth that will remain the same until the end of time. No matter how much you try to fight it, you’ll never win. For the beginning part of my senior year in high school, I tried to avoid all conversations about post-high school life until I accepted the truth. The real world was coming and it was coming fast. So I started working to try to figure out

Race

America Still Hates Native Americans

Today, my heart was broken as I watched several Facebook live videos of ARMED police officers attack UNARMED protestors simply trying to protect their land. In April of 2016, a small group of people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe created a small camp along the Cannonball River to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline would carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline would also be crossing the

Entertainment

Beartooth: A Band For the Lost & Aggressive Youth

I absolutely love music. I love listening to songs and appreciating the hours of work put into the production of a finished recording. I can talk about the history of different genres for hours if you let me. I also enjoy hearing different memories, stories, and people that others associate with certain songs. The way that music can bring people together interests me so much. Most importantly, I love music that can perfectly explain my

Real Life

Lessons I learned After Getting Rejected From NYU

This time last year, I was one of the millions of high school seniors across the country that annually deal with the fears of the impending doom of post-high school life. What happens after graduation? Which college do I wanna go to? Do I want to go to college? Is this essay good enough? What if I get rejected? Do I have any assignments due tomorrow? Am I forgetting to do something? Did I eat

Mental Health

Kid Cudi: Lord of the Sad and Lonely

Music has been important to me for a long time. When I hear oldies, I think of my early childhood when I lived with my grandma and she would turn on the radio when she started cooking. When I hear reggae music, I think of my time growing up, I always knew it was cleaning day when I woke up and heard my mom blasting some Bob Marley through the speakers. I would tried to

International

Kanye Is More of a Positive Influence Than You Think

Kanye West has been a huge influence on me for the last couple of years. Let’s take a trip back to 2013. I was 15 years old back then, and I was a depressed kid. I gave a brief history about myself in my last article. Basically, there was a time in my life when I thought about suicide everyday. The only things that motivated me to keep going was the love I have for

Race

U.S. Education: Erasing Native Americans from History

I am an eighteen-year-old Native American boy. I am half Navajo and half Tohono O’odham. While growing up, I’ve moved from New Mexico, to California, and to Arizona. In Arizona, I attended schools on and off the Tohono O’odham Reservation. From seventh grade up to sophomore year, I went to schools in Three Points and Tucson. During those years I spent off the Reservation, I grew up seeing my parents drink and get into arguments.

International

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Will Go Viral

(Photo by Standing Rock #nodapl Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Facebook Page) Back in April of 2016, people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe set up a small camp along the Cannonball River with a simple mission – to protect water, protect land, and protect their way of life. All of these things are being put in danger with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.The pipeline is a $3.8 billion project of the company, Energy Transfer

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