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How Attending An All White School Changed Me

Being from Chicago, my parents never gave me the option of going to public school. They grew up within the Chicago Public School system and refused to send me anywhere that was not private, Catholic, or both. As a result, when it came time for high school, I applied to seven different private high schools. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into all seven leaving the decision up to me. I had a variety

Real Life

Frank Ocean Doesn’t Owe You Anything (and Neither Do Other Musicians)

2012 was a good year for music. Fiona Apple finally dropped something, alt-J released their only exciting album, and the world had not yet suffered from the influx of The xx inspired photo edits (Coexist first saw the light of day in 2012). We had only briefly been acquainted with the super collective Odd Future, fronted by the explosive, unhinged Tyler the Creator, who brought the collective to mainstream audiences in 2011 after the music

International, Politics, Real Life

Do Not Take Your Education For Granted

In the Western World, it’s commonplace to take your education for granted because it’s something we’re accustomed to, and it’s handed to us the minute we are born for free (until University of course). Most of us, thankfully, are lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn in the school environment and experience the benefits of having so. But not all of us are so lucky, and I don’t think enough of us are aware

Real Life

Let’s Talk About Drugs

  Drugs have been a part of our culture pretty much since the beginning of civilization. From Dionysus of Greek mythology to Miley Cyrus’ 2013 song “We Can’t Stop”, we have become immune to hearing someone mention the name or nickname of a substance. Drugs have been glamorized and romanticized for centuries, and will probably continue to be. We shouldn’t, however, dismiss its dangers despite it being a popular subject in art. Although some people have

Express Yourself, International, Real Life

The Perfect Relationship Doesn’t Exist

Billions of dollars have been made from the low self esteems of millions of people all around the globe and their search for romance. Too many movies have been made about the lost case of a woman who is just about to give up when she meets the *gasps* love of her life on the subway. As we advance into a multi-technological time a new form of love hunting has been developed through the shape

International, Mental Health, Real Life

Michael Phelps: The Importance of His Recovery and Return to the Olympics

When Michael Phelps first plunged his way into the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the rest of the world, including Phelps, was not ready for what was about to happen next. At the mere age of fifteen, Phelps created history by being the youngest male swimmer to compete within the last sixty-eight years. As if that wasn’t enough to fuel Phelps, just a few months later, he set another world record in the 200-meter race. Setting this

Mental Health, Personal - null, Real Life

Harley Quinn And The Joker’s Relationship Is Actually Trash

(Image Credit) Promotion for Suicide Squad began almost a whole year before its theater debut and the movie has slowly gained social media momentum up until its release. While most of the focus was on Jared Leto’s unconventional method acting quirks, such as giving the entire cast a dead pig, passing out used condoms, and gifting Margot Robbie with a live rat (she said she kept it because Harley would have adored any gift from

Real Life

How to Be Woke When You Still Feel Asleep

According to, the definition of being ‘woke’ is being ‘actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights.’ In human-speak, it means you give a damn about the well-being and equal rights of all humans, whether their skin color, gender identity, sexual identity, or other distinguishing human quality is different than yours. But what happens if you’re trying to stay woke when you don’t feel like you’re aware of

Real Life

Everything You Need to Know About Online High School

Sleeping in until noon, pajama pants all day, and full-blown snack sessions whenever your heart desires? What can be better than that? It is true, attending high school through your laptop definitely, has benefits such as those. In recent years, online high school has rapidly become an alternative option for teens across the globe and has developed into the same curriculum as you would receive in a brick-and-mortar school. Whether public school negatively impacts your

Europe/UK, International, Race, Real Life

Trigger-Happy and Racial Bias: Why rates of police brutality in the US are so much higher than rates in the UK.

Police Brutality in the U.S. is no myth. From Michael Brown to Freddie Gray, Ferguson to Baltimore, these fatal shooting have lead to headline news worldwide. But this reality isn’t the same for their British counterparts. Statistics revealed by Britain’s Home Office show just how uncommon it is for the UK’s police to use guns. Police in England and Wales discharged their firearms on just seven occasions from April 2015 to March 2016. This contrasts to

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