Abuse is abuse

Physical abuse covers anything where there is bodily harm being inflicted upon another person. This includes but is not limited to: biting, scratching, kicking, pushing, pulling and slapping. Emotional abuse on the other hand includes but is not limited verbal offense: intimidation, shaming, … [Read more...]

I am a black woman and I am afraid

I am a black woman living in America, and everyday I am tired and afraid. I am tired of the justice system telling me that young men like Tamir Rice and Michael Brown did questionable things, so they deserved to die. I am tired of a system that claims to protect and serve, but does the opposite. I … [Read more...]

The element of freedom

I spent a good part of my life trying to shrink myself, trying to become smaller, less opinionated, less sensitive, less loud, less me. Perhaps a part of me thought that I would be a burden to others if I lived my life in my most “true self." I wanted people to like me, I wanted to feel wanted and … [Read more...]

The concept of beauty

Women have been manipulated to think that beauty is what we see on television, advertisements, and what is trending in society. Beauty has become reserved for those who put the right amount of makeup that society deems “acceptable.” Society has restricted beauty just to physical features and nothing … [Read more...]

Yes I am a feminist

Yes, I am a feminist. No, I do not detest men, but I simply do not want to live in a world where women are constantly oppressed and denied even the most basic rights. We live in a world where women face thinly disguised misogyny in their everyday lives. Let us get things straight: feminism is … [Read more...]

‘We have a huge life ahead of us’

I recently turned 21, and I took a moment to reflect back on my life. The past year, for me, has been a year of intense growth with trials and tribulations. Despite the tears, disappointments and losses, the events of the past year have taught me more about myself, others, and a few universal … [Read more...]

Surround yourself with people who make you happy

We’re constantly told to surround ourselves with people who make us happy, not to stay in relationships were we feel unappreciated, unworthy, or were our feelings are invalidated. Most college students are stuck in toxic friendships and relationships. Perhaps, we try to seek for a sense permanence … [Read more...]

The Ferguson lesson: Black lives matter

The shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black teenager, has been a groundbreaking controversy for the past two months. The shooting continues to spark riots, protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, where the tragedy occurred. Brown was fatally shot multiple times by Darren Wilson, a white … [Read more...]