Dancing In The Rain

Thunder claps in the distance as an audience while the rain keeps a beat on the ground and my soul, My ghagra, a river of a thousand unspoken words twirl around the starts and dust specks of outer space, Waiting to be heard by the ears of the divine gratitude and grace accompany my movements, The wind and my ghoomar an indestructible force weaving patterns so … Continue reading Dancing In The Rain

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Pac-Man Café in Hawai’i

Starting from March 20 to May 31, Bread & Butter Island Café teamed up with Bandi Namco Entertainment, the makers of Pac-Man and transformed the whole café retro. I decided to have a look at it myself and it was amazing. The whole vibe of this theme will have Pac-Man fans shaken. There are about eight main dishes that incorporate Pac-Man and the Ghosts. For every Pac-Man … Continue reading Pac-Man Café in Hawai’i

This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

Rory McGuire is 24 years old, and from Ayr, in Scotland. For practically all of his life, he has experienced bullying because of a facial deformity – a vascular birthmark that covers his lip. At the young age of 6, Rory felt he was “different”, and even as a child was subjected to comments such as “sausage face”, “how can you look in a mirror … Continue reading This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

This Famous Rugby Team Is Supporting The LGBT+ Community In An Amazing Way

While the sport definitely isn’t as popular here in the states, rugby is by far the most dominant sport in New Zealand. It’s kinda like NZ’s version of soccer and football, combined into one. Needless to say, the commercials for rugby teams is widespread and exciting for viewers throughout the country. Two of the top rugby teams in the country, The All-Blacks and the Black … Continue reading This Famous Rugby Team Is Supporting The LGBT+ Community In An Amazing Way

Compare and Contrast

All people do with writing is compare love to beauty or sadness to disaster. Why can’t we include contrasting feelings with objects or moments? Why is it so uncommon to be the one to write about “comparing” someone or feelings for someone to something that it actually isn’t? Why don’t we write about not only what is, but also what isn’t? I can tell you that you … Continue reading Compare and Contrast

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Released on Saturday, May 5th, Childish Gambino’s new single “This Is America” has become an online sensation. Packed with messages and commentary regarding mass shootings, police brutality, white supremacy, gun violence, and pop culture, Gambino sends a message to audiences to “not be caught slippin” and remain undistracted from America’s unreconciled issues with gun violence and willful ignorance. The video starts with a Black man sitting … Continue reading Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” – What It Means and Why

Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

A lot of high schools now have made learning languages mandatory, at least for the first few years. My school, in particular, is a language school, so for the first three years of high school, I had to study two languages, and I studied Spanish and French, and later chose to continue Spanish to a higher level. However, something that I’ve noticed is that a … Continue reading Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

Trigger warning: mention of rape and other sexual violence. As we look at what’s going on today, there’s no question that our society is a society of rape culture. With the victim-blaming of women that stand up for themselves after they’ve been sexually assaulted, we know that our society does not treat men and women equally. Of course, we say that, but what does rape … Continue reading What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

For more than 6 months, each Wednesday my ACT tutor has sat with me at my dining room table teaching me to guess the same letter when I run out of time, and how to get around reading passages by looking at the answer choices first. In other words, how to beat the test at its own game. On one hand, this strategy is what … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

I’ve been following Sophie on @catcallsofnyc through Instagram for a year or two before deciding to reach out to her for an interview. She willingly and happily agreed to a set of 6 questions answered through email. My thanks to Sophie for being kind enough to allow this interview to happen! What is @catcallsofnyc? @catcallsofnyc is an Instagram account that collects stories of street harassment … Continue reading Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

Cambridge- A City of Aspiration

This month, I was lucky enough to visit the City of Cambridge with my school. As well as being home to the 31 colleges of Cambridge University, one of the most renowned and prestigious universities in the world, the town is steeped in centuries of rich history and famous figures, from Stephen Hawking to Lord Byron. If you are lucky enough to join the tourists, … Continue reading Cambridge- A City of Aspiration

Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Ten years ago, I recall gazing up at the screen where genius-playboy-billionaire-philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was set to the task of navigating himself out of a hostage situation in Afghanistan in Iron Man (2008.) Stark, who canonically has a heart condition and anxiety, was a new breed of character. Despite his arrogant bravado, it was important to see the representation of physical and mental … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War (2018) REVIEW

Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

I don’t remember the last time I met a young person who didn’t have an Instagram account, yet I can recall just yesterday overhearing a group of friends discussing how to get their feeds to “look better”, whatever that means. About three billion people have social media, and it feels like most of us are totally preoccupied with it. Now, I’m not bashing Instagram, or … Continue reading Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

On Thursday, April 26, Arizona educators marched in a sea of red to demand more funding for schools and pay increase. In 97-degree weather 10,000s of teachers, students, and supporters marched to the Arizona Capitol. The movement started a few weeks back. Arizona teachers wore red shirts to school to show their involvement and support towards Red for Ed. They staged walk-ins before school, protesting … Continue reading Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

Paul Ryan: A Frail and Ineffective Leader

Come next Congressional term, Speaker Paul Ryan will no longer serve in the House of Representatives. Disregarding his reasoning for leaving, Ryan’s tenure as speaker can simply be described in one word: failure. I still recall my relatives describing Ryan when he was only beginning to rise the ranks in the House. The combination of Ryan’s young, blue-eyed face and verbal support for family values … Continue reading Paul Ryan: A Frail and Ineffective Leader

How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

It is in recent times that the GOP’s greatest opponent is no longer rival nations, and harsh leaders, but one woman who stands up to fight Trump and is clearly winning. Stephanie Clifford, an adult film star known by the name “Stormy Daniels”, has stated that she had an affair with President Trump, and was paid to keep quiet by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael … Continue reading How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

In April of 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing skinny jeans. The justices came to the conclusion that she must have helped get the jeans off, thus implying consent.Women in the Italian Parliament started the movement the following day by wearing jeans in support of the victim. This quickly spread to the United States – more specifically … Continue reading How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

For as long as I can remember I have been dealing with anxiety. I have always worried about the tiniest of things and overthought even the most irrelevant stuff. If you’ve ever experienced a full-on panic attack where you felt like you were drowning and couldn’t breathe, or choked on your words because the anxiety was getting the better of you, you know how frustrating … Continue reading My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

In most of the UK, the voting age is 18, apart from in Scottish Parliament and local elections, where you can vote at 16. The Welsh Assembly is also considering allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections there, but in England, the government is continuing to keep the voting age at the legal age of adulthood – 18 years old. Personally, I believe that … Continue reading Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

What Happened at #BeyChella?

Beyoncé Knowles is the first woman of color to ever headline at Coachella Music festival in Indio, California. Fans have been waiting in anticipation for months ever since the lineup was announced in January. They’ve even created the trending hashtag #BEYchella. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. The show started with a marching band dressed in all yellow. As the marching band played dancers … Continue reading What Happened at #BeyChella?

5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Many of the most successful musicals and plays ever created were inspired by books. The musicals we love have often been formed off of these stories that were previously written by other writers. Here are a few books that have been the bases for successful musicals created thus far. “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire     Wicked is a book that was written about the origin … Continue reading 5 Books That Inspired Popular Musicals

Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

We all know that social media can be both wonderful and terrible, at the same time. One of the social media platforms that can be the worst for mental health and self confidence is Instagram, but I believe that if you follow the right accounts, you can make your feed a lot better. And I believe that one of the best ways to do that … Continue reading Body Positive Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

I’ve Lost All Motivation For School

The first time I experienced mental burnout as a result of school occurred in my sophomore year of high school. The last few weeks leading up to my AP World History were dwindling by the second, while I struggled to fit in study-time in-between color guard practices and volunteer work. I was so stressed that even when I did have free time, I spent it … Continue reading I’ve Lost All Motivation For School

How Education Is Being Used As A Weapon

Ever since I was a little kid, I always believed that education is a powerful tool. I knew if I wanted to be successful in life, I would have to do well in school. I still believe in the saying, “education is a powerful tool,” but these words hold very different meanings to me today. From a young age, I have been heavily involved in extra-curricular … Continue reading How Education Is Being Used As A Weapon

What Really Is Theatre?

The world of theatre is so unique and different than any other art form. When you hear the term ‘theatre’, you probably think of Shakespeare or musicals. Although, there is so much more to it than Shakespearean words and fun dance numbers. If you’re someone who doesn’t associate themselves with theatre much, you’re most likely very curious about it. That being said, I’m here to … Continue reading What Really Is Theatre?

Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

When you’re a teenager, you probably don’t really like silence. The world is so full of noise that when that noise disappears, you don’t know what to do. You crave something to hear, and one of the first things a lot of us turn to is music, which can be helpful sometimes. But the thing is that sometimes you need the silence, and one of … Continue reading Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

The decriminalization of marijuana has been a hot topic recently. The liberal party of Canada has been at the forefront of the conversation regarding marijuana legalization. Prime minister Trudeau’s Liberal government will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. In the United States, it is legalized in nine states and Washington, DC and decriminalized in 13 states. I personally think marijuana should be legalized and here is … Continue reading Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

#MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

Classes are resuming as American students return from a spring break consisting of weeks that have captured the nation’s attention – in two very, different ways – regarding the exact same issue: gun violence. On March 24th, 2018, members of Never Again MSD in coordination with Every Town for Gun Safety led the March of Our Lives rally in Washington, with young student activists leading … Continue reading #MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

Here in England, most, if not all, of our high schools require school uniforms. Each school has particular colours that they class as “the school colours”, and our school uniforms are made up of them – my school’s colours are navy blue, black, grey and white. Most school uniforms include a blazer and/or a jumper, trousers or a skirt, a shirt and a tie. Now, … Continue reading School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

20 Best Songs From Teen Movies

Recently an online newspaper released an article explaining their top picks for the best songs from teen movies. The list consisted of a lot of the more “memorable” songs from the soundtracks Which isn’t a problem, however I believe that the most “memorable” isn’t always the best. I also felt that a majority of the movies on this list were older movies. So I decided … Continue reading 20 Best Songs From Teen Movies

Breaking Stereotypes: I Am An Asian Teen With a Love For Theater

I am a 16-year-old Korean girl living in Seattle. Looking at my life, I’m in the type of circumstances that you might find amongst what society considers the “stereotypical Asians”. Let’s rewind for a second and take a look at the course of my life. I spent the last eight years of my life thinking about college. I spent a huge amount of my life … Continue reading Breaking Stereotypes: I Am An Asian Teen With a Love For Theater

The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

Recently my school district shared a blog post detailing the characteristics of JUULs, a brand of vape, most likely as a guide to oblivious parents whose children may have been keeping one right under their noses. It’s easy with that brand — they are shaped as USB chargers and can charged in the same ports as USBs as well. It’s a clever device; clever enough … Continue reading The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

Ready Player One (2018) REVIEW

Welcome to the OASIS, the virtual reality cyberspace that has given mankind the ability to live within a video gaming universe through bodily technology. Through these advances, nearly anything is possible through the futuristic forms of automation. It’s eerily resemblant to a modern-day VR chatroom in which we have access to in the present. Director Steven Spielberg is triumphant as Ready Player One is candidly visionary. The … Continue reading Ready Player One (2018) REVIEW

Roots

The scent clings to my coat,       Showing me the endless possibilities of humility       Awkward stares, noses scrunching in distaste In disdain, I lift my foot over the threshold,       Disconnecting the ties that held my cloak of warmth       And let it fall behind me as graciously As Ma stirs the curry on the stovetop,        Onions Garlic Chilli all coated with masala        Masala that drifted the air … Continue reading Roots

A Letter to the President

Dear Mr. President, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but this country was built on the backs of immigrants — and not the white ones. Since before the American Colonies declared independence from Great Britain, millions of people living in Africa were brought here to be slaves. They were tortured, raped and leashed from their dignity. Slaves had their mouths stuffed with animal waste — … Continue reading A Letter to the President