CULTURE

WITH TRUMP GONE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, WILL POP MUSIC BRIGHTEN UP AGAIN?

It’s been hard to ignore the explosive 2020 election, even for many non-Americans. Tight races in over a half dozen battleground states, baseless claims of voter fraud by the Trump administration, and slew of weak lawsuits challenging the result that have almost collectively (and gratifyingly) gone nowhere. And that’s just the last week. As for…

THE 2020 ELECTION: WHERE WE ARE, HOW WE GOT HERE, AND THE MANY PLACES WE MAY GO

The 2020 Presidential Election results need no real introduction, but just in case you are one of the many still outstanding apolitical Americans who still bafflingly don’t see the value in your vote, here’s one anyway. On Saturday morning, after what seemed like the longest week of 2020 (and that’s saying something), major news outlets…

THE BEST TIKTOK ACCOUNTS TO CHECK OUT BEFORE IT GETS BANNED

If you’re an avid TikTok user, or are merely interested in the lifestyle, you no doubt have had quite a rollercoaster of a week. Last Friday, President Trump announced an official ban on the social media application (following initial rumblings back in July) stating that it would be unavailable to download from any app stores on…

HOW RUTH BADER GINSBURG BECAME AN ICON FOR MILLENNIALS AND GEN-Z

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Notorious R.B.G., Kiki, was and forever will be an icon to so many people. The late Supreme Court Justice died on Friday evening, September 18, 2020, due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer. At 87 years young, she passed away in her Washington home to the deafeningly loud mourning of a…

10 BLACK AMERICAN LEADERS OUR TEXTBOOKS SHOULD SHINE MORE LIGHT ON

It is impossible to understate the lasting influence of historic Black American leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Boise, and more recent voices like Barack and Michelle Obama. But the history of the Civil Rights Movement, as well as countless aspects of general American culture…

KAMALA HARRIS’ HISTORIC VP APPOINTMENT

California senator Kamala Harris has been named as Joe Biden’s running mate, making her the first ever Black woman and the first person of Asian descent to earn that position. The choice carries a special weight in this election cycle, as Biden has said he’d be “a transition candidate,” hinting that if health problems arise…

WHAT MAKES A QUEER ICON?

A cursory Google search yields few resources attempting to accurately define what makes a queer icon, well, iconic. And there’s a good reason for that. Whats makes a queer icon is at the same time simple and incredibly difficult to define. One one hand, its is easy to use blanket terms like “glamorous” or “camp”…

A LOOK INTO MANIFESTATION TRENDING ON TIKTOK

With the deterioration of the terrestrial, TikTokers are turning to the cosmic. The hashtag #manifestation has over three billion views on the social media platform, with videos of (mostly) young women teaching their audiences how to use the power of their minds to attain whatever they want, be it self-love, material goals, dreams of travel,…

PRO-LIFE AND PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS ALIKE RECKON WITH PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S EUGENICIST ROOTS

On Tuesday, the New York branch of Planned Parenthood announced that they’re removing birth control activist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s name from their Manhattan Health Center, citing her eugenicist beliefs. In a statement, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York called the removal “both a necessary and overdue step to reckon with our legacy…

IS CANCEL CULTURE HURTING US?

#RipEllen recently trended on Twitter. No, the network TV mega-star hasn’t unexpectedly passed away. The hashtag is merely the latest example of Ellen hatred, where users are mock-mourning a smattering of images of short-haired celebrities from Kathy Bates to Niall Horan. This gag, which may seem harsh to some and hilarious to others, is born…

WHERE WILL GEN-Z TURN IF THE U.S. BANS TIKTOK? EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE RECENT APP CONTROVERSY

In the face of TikTok’s monumental rise worldwide, the app has had a tumultuous week. With major bans and global superpowers now placing the megahit app under the microscope amid rising political tensions, TikTok may never operate the same again; and its majority Gen-Z audience may need to turn elsewhere for a cultural maypole. For…

KANYE WEST’S PRESIDENTIAL RUN: HOAX OR HERO?

In the latest addition to the disturbing game of Mad Libs that is 2020, Kanye West is running for president. On July 4th, the rapper-cum-fashion designer-cum-media mogul posted the announcement to Twitter, quickly gaining over one million favorites. West first planted the seed of a presidential run at the 2015 Video Music Awards, during an…

DIVERSITY IN THE ART WORLD: WHERE ARE WE AT NOW AND WHAT’S BEING DONE?

As long as the art world has been bastion for self-expression and radical system-challenging, the structures that make it up have often been exclusionary and narrow-minded. Part of the work of the current fight against injustice is to examine the country’s most enduring fixtures- like art museums- and force the systemic hang-ups that’s baked into them…

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH AND WHY WE MUST RECOGNIZE IT AS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY

Across the country, Juneteenth, a national holiday immortalizing June 19, 1865, the day on which all enslaved people in Texas were freed, has seen a recent public resurgence. Following the police killings of Black citizens Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, amongst others, and subsequent worldwide protests, our country has placed a renewed emphasis on the…

LGBTQ+ VICTORY: SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST JOB DISCRIMINATION BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION & GENDER IDENTITY

For as far as we as a nation have come concerning LGBTQ+ rights, it is worth remembering that there is still much work to be done. For years members of the community fought for the right to even publicly exist amongst tormentors and violence, issues of transgender people’s rights to use the bathroom they feel most comfortable…

WHAT HAS PROTESTING ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

We are on the verge of a revolution. In response to the killing of George Floyd by police, amongst many other incidents of police brutality against Black people like the killings of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee, protests have been staged across the country and by extension the entire world, to fight the systemic racism…

6 EMPOWERING TED TALKS ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM TO WATCH RIGHT NOW

The recent protests across America’s fifty states have spoken: issues of racial inequality are a matter of life and death. Always, but especially now, everyone should be paying attention to discussions about race. The internet has exploded in the last couple weeks with resources for self-education, a vital step in revolutionizing our attitudes. Countless writers,…

A REVOLUTION IN HASHTAGS: THE HISTORY OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER, #SAYHERNAME, AND WHY #ALLLIVESMATTER IS OFFENSIVE

The important conversations about police violence and systemic racism happening right now are happening around hashtags. This isn’t a new phenomenon, #MeToo has become shorthand for the movement against workplace sexual harassment, but in the days since George Floyd’s murder, a critical mass of social media content has seemed to mobilize around a few slogans,…

LET’S TALK ABOUT TIKTOK’S RISE TO THE TOP

TikTok is no longer just for your thirteen-year-old cousin. It’s on the minds of pop culture’s heaviest hitters, even the Queen Bee, Beyoncé. When the video sharing app launched in 2018, its main appeal was a quick cycle of virality which rewarded original content from no-name creators. Everyone got their fifteen seconds of fame. But…

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