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Rights of Passage in America: Keeping the Peace

Tamir Rice was twelve. A twelve year old boy holding an Airsoft, sitting on a swing at 3:30 p.m. in broad daylight was shot not two seconds after officers arrived at the scene. He died the following day. “The talk” for black children in America is not about the birds and the bees. It is about something much darker and scarier that most children do not want to consider: police brutality. 500 people had already been killed

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The N Word (And Why Non-Black People Can’t Say It)

  Photo by Akeala King The N word. Nigger. Nigga. There are plenty of variants, but those are the main three. Being popularized by rap culture, the second variant is generally considered to be ‘socially acceptable,’ and ‘fair game’ to any race. However, that is not the case. The N word, no matter the variant, should not be used by ANYONE non-black. Yep, it’s not a PoC exclusive word, it’s black-exclusive, and here’s why: The

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The Girl Stereotype

The definition of stereotype: A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. Ever since you were able to speak and comprehend words, you’ve probably been taught the girl stereotype. This label is one of the most underrated and ongoing problems we have in society today. Even when we were curious 5 year olds who had no idea how truly big and bad our world was,

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Point And Shoot

  Unfortunately for police officers of the present, who rely on stopping power and force to make their presence known, the citizens of the digital age are equipped with a weapon more powerful than those which can be holstered or swung. They are equipped with cameras. Unless you’re alone and pent up in your room with the door shut and the blinds drawn at the moment, you’re probably within range of somebody’s camera. In 2014,

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Denair High Welcomes First Openly Transgender Cheerleader

At every Coyotes football game stands a group of young people dressed in purple and white, supporting their school’s sport team. One of them is Anry Fuentes and her story is a little different than the rest. Anry first came out as gay in her freshman year but she realised that she felt more “like a girl who liked boys.” She used to sit on the sidelines and admire her friends but now she’s up

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Why Nicki Minaj is a Feminist Icon

Written by Yelita Ali When cited with feminism, we are often pointed in two directions. The misconception of the man hater or more recently the poster girls for white feminism. Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, Tina Fey, etc. Rarely are we presented with WOC, trans women, queer women, or even feminists who are actually feminists. (My anaconda doesn’t want any unless your feminism intersectional hun). It is very rare that we are presented with feminist icons

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Is Northern Ireland still divided? A Young Persons View.

Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most people will pair the city with The Troubles of the late 60s-90s. Images of guns and bomb attacks might irradiate in listeners’ minds when you bring the word ‘Belfast’ up in the conversation. Words like IRA, Loyalist and Republican may spring to mind. From personal experience, Belfast is still seen in the eyes of many as being an unsafe and possibly dangerous area to visit. When I first visited the city

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Why Is Miley Cyrus Always Naked?

I can’t remember the last time I saw Miley Cyrus fully clothed, and I bet you can’t either. Ever since her 2013 VMA’s appearance, when she infamously bent her body into a ninety degree angle and twerked on Robin Thicke, Cyrus has become a sort of sex icon, wearing as little as possible and leading a risque lifestyle full of raunchy music videos and glamour. I can still remember her Hannah Montana days, where she

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‘A’ for ‘Accomplice’

6/26/15: the day marriage became equal in every American State. The decision to recognize marriage rights became popular with the slogan “love won”. Bold statements such as “homophobia is over” were made. This date marks an important victory for the LGBTQIAP+ community. And while the community celebrated, the allies cheered along with it, making many bold statements. The issue is, bold statements like “homophobia/transphobia is over” are far from true despite the progress our society

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Relationship Goals: A Look Into the Bad Boy Trope

Fiction is a beautiful fantasy world filled with distant lands and characters made with one’s own creative mind, but is there a line to draw when it comes down to the romance genre of fiction? Yes. The bad boy, abusive relationship, or the “But, I love him, I can change him into a good person!” – call it what you will – trope has always been a fan favorite, and I must admit I used to be

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