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Real Life

Let’s Talk Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy, while most are familiar with the word, is defined by Merriam-Webster as behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel. Some synonyms of “hypocrite” are pretender, deceiver, plaster saint, sham and fake. Admittedly, everyone’s probably been a hypocrite at least once or twice, but what makes this an issue is that self-righteous individuals will use their so-called morals to shame other’s actions, beliefs or preferences. “Not practicing what you preach; lacking the willpower

Mental Health

EDNOS: The Most Dangerous Eating Disorder That No One Talks About

There are three main eating disorders that are talked about in high school Health classes: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. But classifying only these three conditions as eating disorders leaves out a large percentage of the population that’s suffering from an eating disorder that doesn’t fit into one of these categories. Hence where EDNOS comes in. EDNOS stands for Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified and it includes several types of situations where

LGBT+

Moonlight: Masculinity Blues

Everyone has been talking about ‘Moonlight’. And rightfully so. Watching ‘Moonlight’ was an overwhelming experience for me, to say the least. Jenkins and McCraney’s film, based on the unpublished play ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’, takes you into the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. Presented in the form of 3 chapters, evocative of 3 shorts or acts, titled ‘i. Little’, ‘ii. Chiron’ and ‘iii. Black’, taking us from

Real Life

Bullying: A Problem Face to Face and Online

Teens in the twenty-first century are constantly online, using social media and texting.  With all of this interaction over the internet, there is bound to be some mean or rude comments from time to time. Unfortunately, it can turn into something more; cyberbullying. “Bullying is no longer about the strong picking on the weak. Bullying has been replaced by a 24 hour per day, seven days a week online monster.” Many teens witness cyberbullying, and

Real Life

An Open Letter To My Fifth Grade Bully

Warning: This letter addresses the theme of bullying. This is not meant to in any way romanticize or show that bullying is okay, but rather a reminder to stay strong, as one day, you will be okay.  Dear ‘Bully’, Thank you. Thank you for teaching me that pretending to be better than someone, doesn’t actually make you better. I spent so much time feeling I was inferior to you due to my weight, the pigment

Entertainment

Everyone Jiggles, Even Lady Gaga, and That’s Okay

America relaxed back into their seats last night at the end of the 2nd quarter of Super Bowl LI, a game that would soon make Super Bowl history as the first Super Bowl game ever to go into overtime. Somewhat skeptical of the performer, America watched in judgment as Lady Gaga took the stage for her 13-minute Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl Halftime Show. A performance eloquently designed around a solid political statement, Gaga voiced

Feminism, Make Up & Hair

You Can’t Find Beauty in a Mascara Tube

I got acne when I was 9 years old. I’m 13 now and still have it. I don’t think people understand how much it affects me. I get bullied for it. People tell me “it’s not Halloween yet.” And “What’s wrong with you?” The comment above has 164 likes on YouTube. A ribbon of replies follow: ‘I can relate’, ‘I feel your pain’, ‘people can be so cruel’. New sob-stories swell by the hour, each

Politics

The Sociopolitical Climate We’re Growing Up In Is Changing Our Youth

Co-written by Alexandria Piette Upon June 16th, 2015, and April 12th, 2015—the inauguration of the presidential campaigns for president-elect Donald J. Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton, respectively—collectively summing to one thousand and ninety eves prior to the presidential election of November 8th, 2016, it is unquestionable that the political climate throughout everyday communities has mutated into that of ill will and antagonism. With reference to an analysis administered by the Southern Poverty Law Center, “In the

Real Life

How Plus Sized Models Contributed to My Self Confidence

Everyone has their own insecurities and their own battles that they face daily. Some may have it worse than others do because of mental health issues, or some may just be having a bad day. Confidence is one of the key things that people seem to lack in different aspects. Whether it’s confidence within yourself, confidence within a talent, or confidence between a situation; you won’t always have that trust. As a child, I had

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