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Life can be stressful. This is something I know we can all agree on. Whether it be sixteen overdue assignments, obnoxious customers at work, or, you know, living through a fucking pandemic, you need time for a break to take care of yourself. Taking a break is healthy as it allows you to recharge and keeps you from burning out. Breaks are also a form of self-care, however, that is not the only time that you should be taking care of yourself. Self-care should be a part of your life, like eating or breathing, as we should routinely take the…


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Choosing where to go to college is already a stressful decision in America. You have to write a bunch of essays and pay a bunch of money and then, there is only a chance a college will accept you. You have to hope and pray a college deems you worthy enough through your academic abilities and other credentials to attend their institution and — because the cost of college is so high — that you receive a good scholarship/financial aid package that you and/or your family can afford. However, being a person of color adds an extra layer to the…


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In 2020, the average person spent 2 hours and 24 minutes on social media daily. That’s 114 minutes, 8,640 seconds, and enough time to walk 7 miles. Two weeks ago, I felt something was not right. I would open social media, scroll for a few minutes, knowing I was not entertained, exit the app and then reopen the app like they birthed something new and fresh in the 10 seconds since I had closed it. I did this because it was a habit. I did this because even though I knew I was gaining nothing from it, I had this…


We’ve got to stop the normalization of ignorance.

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I'm sure you have heard the word plenty of times thrown around effortlessly in rap songs, a word you would never think twice about saying. What is this word thousands of people say with no regard to how it affects others? A slur. Yes, the C-word, ch*nk, is a slur. It is harmful toward Asian people and just like any other slur, no you can’t say it. No, you can’t sing it. And no, we cannot continue to allow it to be normalized.

From Migos’ Get Right Witcha with lyrics like “going to Thailand with them ch*nks” to Jay-Z’s Regrets…


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Being black in America is difficult. This is a fact known by most considering when asked nobody wants to be treated how black people are. This treatment for the last couple of centuries has done nothing but exclude us from this “land of the free” that patriots are so obsessed with. The exclusion of black people from America, as well as the voting system, makes it more favorable for black people to not vote.

From the time the first Africans set foot on American soil, this country has never been welcoming. It was not built for black people (or any…


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The following piece was written by Isabel Lee who has given me permission to publish her work on my blog. The model minority myth impacts millions of Asians and Asian Americans daily. As we open our ears and listen to other communities, it is important to share and uplift their voices. …


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We all know the classic female rappers. From Lauryn Hill and Lil’ Kim to now Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion, female rap has been a powerful force in music for decades. One of my favorite things about female rappers is their ability to thrive in a male-dominated industry. Black women are so powerful and female rappers continue to exhibit that not only in their music but in their navigation of the industry as a whole. Another thing I love about female rappers is they tend to make misogynist mad which, I for one, always love to see. …


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Living through a pandemic will change you. This, I can say because living through a pandemic has changed me. It forced me to open my eyes to alternative paths and ways of navigating life that previously scared me until I had no choice but to consider the option. Living through a pandemic has given me a lot of time to evaluate my life and my goals (with the whole having to stay in thing, yeah… make sure you are doing that) and I have decided to take a gap year. So, yes. …


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One of the hardships of being Black in America is not only having to navigate majority-white spaces but also having to navigate close relationships with non-black people that are created in those spaces. This includes relationships with our closest friends who are not black. Many people want to ignore the presence of race and how that affects a relationship, however, it is harmful because of how the ideas of race and acts of racism are embedded in our everyday lives. In the story presented below, I explore the hardship of navigating these relationships between black and non-black people. This story…


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Having a customer service job in a regular year is a drag. The pay is minimal, the customers are obnoxious and the management loves to impede on your boundaries. Add the risk of contracting a potentially deadly virus or giving it to somebody you love to that and customer service just does not seem worth it. So here is the day in the life of a customer service employee in the middle of a pandemic based on real-life scenarios.

10:30 am

I arrive to work early. I want to see if my manager needs any extra help as he finishes opening. The…

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