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Neon Genesis Evangelion: Mirror of Our Imperfections in Anime

In the anime world, Neon Genesis Evangelion (NGE) goes by many names: a masterpiece, a classic, a piece of trash, and overrated, among others. These are things that fans and critics alike also use to describe the series as a whole. It’s one of those either you love it or hate it series. But like many other anime that aired in the 90s, NGE is much more of a philosophical, less chaotic piece than its more

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An Open Letter to the Social Justice Warriors of the Web

DISCLAIMER: This is in no way shape or form meant to serve as some form of ridiculous judgement or ‘shade throwing’, it is merely based on my personal observations as seen on the internet and is strictly then a generalization,  if this does not apply to you, great wonderful my sincerest apologies for lumping you into a large group of people. THIS IS MY OWN OPINION, which you can choose to take into consideration or discard

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Just Face It, Your Fave Is Problematic

I get it. I’ve spent all of my teenage years obsessing, fangirling over something. While I sailed my way from Alternative Rock to One Direction and going back to my childhood guilty pleasure, K-Pop, I have had my fair share of faves that I would kill and die for. However, as I matured, so did my judgment. I had to have long conversations with myself, telling me that, in order for me to keep appreciating

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Speaking Up: Breaking Men’s Silence on Rape Culture

This past April, fashion stylist and Yeezy model,  Ian Connor, was accused of rape by a woman named Malika Anderson, who wrote a blog about her experience which I really encourage checking out. According to her, Connor had met Anderson through social media when he asked for her number. They had hung out three times; each time Connor would repetitively attempt to make sexual advances towards her; she refused each time and they would continue hanging out

International, Op-ed

“Lean”ing Towards Death: Codeine’s Negative Impact on Hip-Hop

I scrolled across my timeline on Twitter the other day and I found out that Lil Wayne just had a seizure on a private jet and was taken to the hospital. Thankfully, at the time of writing this article, he’s in stable condition, but this isn’t the first time the New Orleans rapper has had this problem. Back in 2013, Lil Wayne had suffered a seizure in Los Angeles. He reported, in that particular case,

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Why Kat Stratford Should Be Everybody’s Role Model

I watched 10 Things I Hate About You for the first time last February 2015, and needless to say, after almost a solid two hours of simultaneously crying and swooning, I had given it the title of my favorite movie of all time. Yeah, I know that the plot line was cliche and everything was pretty fast-paced towards the end, but trust me, I have my reasons, one of which I will choose to shed

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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

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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

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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

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