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Six Lessons to Learn From Lemonade Mouth

Cowritten by Arushi Tandon Determinate, determinate. Push until you can’t and then demand more. Determinate, determinate. You and me together, we can make it better. When these words were sung in the Disney Channel Original Movie, Lemonade Mouth, a generation of young movie-watchers was inspired. Inspired to stand up, to question authority, to rebel, to do anything they could to accomplish their goals. Lemonade Mouth is a film which not just encourages youth to fight


BTS Is Tackling Problems That Are Taboo

BTS is a K-Pop sensation that has been taking the world by storm. Here are the basics: BTS, a seven-members, Korean boy group, is short for Bangtan Sonyeondan, Korean for Bulletproof Boy Scouts. As explained by rapper and lead dancer J-Hope, “it has a profound meaning ‘Bangtan’ means to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and


Athletes Must Be Held Accountable For Sexual Assault

*Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault & Rape Recent Baylor University football team allegations report multiple cases of sexual and domestic abuse from the athletes on the team. An Idaho high school football team case details the gruesome assault of a student from his teammates, explaining that a coat hanger was forcibly shoved into the student’s rectum then subsequently kicked in multiple times. These two upsetting news stories, not alone in their nature, represent an aspect of

Feminism, Op-ed

The Truth About Not Wearing Make-Up

Recently, I’ve seen more discussion on social media regarding the choice to wear make-up (and the choice to wear lots of it). More and more voices are coming out of the woodwork to defend the choices of girls (and guys!) who wear make-up and explain to judgmental people, especially men, that no one is dressing or putting on make-up for their approval, and that wearing make-up does not necessarily equate to insecurity. Many girls who


We Are Not Academic War Machines

When I was in my senior year of high school, I only had 6 months left of school and then I would be in my study break. Those 6 months were spent with one goal: studying to prepare for the public examinations. This would determine whether one would get into a bachelor’s degree in university (much like SATs or the A-levels). Yes, instead of enjoying my last year of high school, I spent it on


Rowan Blanchard Is An Amazing Influence For This Generation

Many people may know Rowan Blanchard from the Disney Channel show, Girl Meets World, but if you follow Rowan on social media you begin to know a whole other side to who she is. I started following Rowan on social media, Twitter and Instagram, about a year ago; and she has truly inspired me in so many ways. Rowan is an advocate for Feminism, LGBT Rights, Black people’s rights, Mental Health awareness, and just equality


The Black Panther Movie Will Be Very Black, And Very Good

If you haven’t gone to see Captain America: Civil War yet then that probably means you haven’t seen how incredible Chadwick Boseman is as T’Challa aka The Black Panther, and it definitely means you didn’t get to see the awesome Black Panther movie teaser at the end of the show. If you did go see it, you probably laughed every time T’Challa saw Bucky, or died when he plainly stated that he is not his father,

Mental Health, Op-ed, Personal - null

Letting Go Of A Friend

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with depression. I am currently on medication, and I am focusing on living a positive life. Lately I have been re evaluating the relationships in my life, and I am really figuring out what friends are really there for me and a positive influence in my life. Almost the past two years I have had this friend who always brought me down a little, she made me feel bad


Confessions of a Teenage “Champagne Socialist”

Something I often hear from adults when they find out I’m passionate about activism is that I’m a hypocrite. I’m a hypocrite for speaking out against a system I dislike whilst simultaneously living in it, reaping many of its benefits. I’m a hypocrite because, according to them, either I should distance myself completely from this system or stop criticizing it. Just yesterday I was called a “champagne socialist” – defined by the oxford dictionaries online

Feminism, Op-ed

6 Realities of Growing Up A Girl

Being a young woman I have noticed that sexism has always played an underlying role in my everyday life. It has affected the way in which I live my life and the difficulties that I face. I have found that there are many harsh realities that come along with growing up as a girl. These realities can have a negative impact on growing girls and are often unfair double standards. You will be sexualized at

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