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Your Favorite Celebrity Is Problematic

Everyone is problematic, no doubt about it. I am, you are, and your favorite celebrity is too.  That’s okay, because nobody’s perfect, and we are all progressing and educating ourselves on new topics every day. So, while it is okay to have a problematic fave, it isn’t okay to support your favorite celebrity’s problematic behavior. If it wasn’t okay to have a problematic favorite, there would be no one left to ‘favoritize’. Even some of

Race

Cultural Appropriation in the Media

The concept of “cultural appropriation” is a widely spoken about topic, and some agree and disagree with what can be classified as “appropriating a culture”. Let’s start off simple with just distinguishing the difference between “cultural appropriation” and “cultural appreciation”. Cultural appropriation means to adopt certain aspects of a culture or religion by people of another background, mostly for the pure aesthetic. A way to put it in the form of a metaphor is how

Race

Amandla Stenberg: Niobe: A New Type of Superhero

Amandla Sternberg, the 16-year-old Hunger Games actress, is planning to release her very own comic book on November 4th, according to The Huffington Post. Sternberg is well known for her well thought-out and articulate response to Kylie Jenner’s cultural appropriation in her video “Don’t Cash Crop on My Corn Rows.” Now, she is creating a new comic book character: a badass half-human, half-elf woman of color. This character is named Niobe Ayutami and has a

Mental Health

Quit the Erasure of Physical Disabilities

Physical disabilities are something an estimated 15% of the world’s population deals with. Generally, it’s easier for people to shut them out, or “erase” them. From a 2010 report, about 5.2% of the worlds schools have physically disabled students, although that’s a big percentage to think about, it doesn’t outweigh the other 99.2% of able-bodied students. I started the project and wrote this article in hopes of the physically disabled community getting better representation and

Politics

A RECAP OF LAST NIGHT’S DEBATE

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone to hear that last night’s GOP debate was a bit…ridiculous. The Republican politicians spent most of their time speaking over each other, avoiding answering direct questions and bashing the Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton in particular. The first opening statement was made by John Kasich, who stated that he wants to cut taxes. He went on to boast that be believes he is the only candidate with an

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What It Means When We Say #BlackLivesMatter

When we say black lives matter, we are not saying other lives do not. This is what we mean. “Yes, ALL LIVES MATTER, but we’re focused on the black ones right now, ok? Because it is very apparent that our judicial system doesn’t know that. Plus, if you can’t see why we’re exclaiming #BlackLivesMatter, you are part of the problem.” The #BlackLivesMatter movement started after Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman. This movement was co-founded by three black activists: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention

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The Rise of Antisemitism

We’re all too aware of the hilarious Jew “jokes” and Holocaust “jokes”, but how funny are these jokes really? These insults are attacking a religion, a culture, and a nation. But they’re just jokes right, we should be happy that we weren’t all exterminated, right? Hearing any of this makes my blood boil. Antisemitism, defined as a prejudice or hatred against the Jewish people, has happened all throughout history. The biggest and most extreme example

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Halloween Costumes for Procrastinators

There is just a few days left of Halloween and most people already have planned out exactly what they’re going to wear but if you’re a procrastinator like me, you are probably frantically searching for a quick and easy Halloween costume. I am here to tell you that I’ve got your back, don’t worry because I have made a list of 5 great, easy and inoffensive costumes that I know for a fact you can

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Donald Trump: Will the careless language and lies ever stop?

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best, they’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.” Donald Trump made this statement about Mexicans during a press conference. Donald Trump said Mexico “Isn’t sending their best”, but

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Samus Aran and Feminism

When you think of female videogame characters, what do you think of? You most likely thought of the stereotypical hypersexualised woman: tall, wearing tight or very little amounts of clothing, and with a “sexy voice.” These representations of women are harmful as they perpetuate an unrealistic and sexist expectation of women. Although recently women have been put in more heroic spots, but before that, women were always in distress—causing a misogynistic view of that women

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