Lotus Woman

You are enough and you are more. You are more than the money that you cannot spend and the things that you cannot afford. The clothes and masks sold in stores do not seek out to make you feel beautiful. They want to disguise you and cover you up. They sell make-up designed to cover your scars and the color of your skin. Companies are … Continue reading Lotus Woman

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Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

In October of 2016, Jahseh Onfroy, who goes by the stage name XXXTentacion was arrested for four felonies; aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.His then girlfriend has reported that she was physically abused by him. In her testimony she said that she, “tried to run away down the street. He tackled her, causing her head to hit … Continue reading Why People Need To Stop Supporting XXXTentacion

People Care More About Kylie Jenner Than Mexico and Puerto Rico

Kylie Jenner’s supposed pregnancy is all people on Twitter can talk about at the moment, hijacking the world’s most important issues recently: Mexico and Puerto Rico. The entire country of Puerto Rico is out of food and electricity due to Hurricane Maria, including a dam breaking which could’ve potentially killed 70,000 people. In Mexico, they’re having earthquakes which have already taken hundreds of lives. But … Continue reading People Care More About Kylie Jenner Than Mexico and Puerto Rico

Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Donald Trump “shockingly” threatened to “totally destroy North Korea”, called Iran “a corrupt dictatorship”, and said Venezuela’s government “has inflicted terrible pain and suffering on the good people of that country.” The remarks haven’t failed to appear, Iran’s foreign minister calling Mr. Trump’s speech “ignorant hate speech [that] belongs in medieval times,” Venezuela’s foreign minister went … Continue reading Kim Jong Un Calls Trump a “Dotard”

What Bernie Sanders’ Proposed Medicare Bill Means

Bernie Sanders has talked about introducing a single-payer healthcare system for a while now, especially after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to repeal Obamacare. Now, his bill is finally on the table. Sanders’ Medicare for All Act has already gotten sponsors from people like Sen. Warren, Sen. Harris, Sen. Booker, and many other top Democrats. And while there is still a long way to go before this … Continue reading What Bernie Sanders’ Proposed Medicare Bill Means

Meet JASPERISDEAD

    I got in contact with, and interviewed JASPERISDEAD, an LA based musician and asked questions from his music, to what annoys him– and some of his replies are so blunt, it’s actually surprising. Q1: what made you pick-up drumming? “There was always music playing and instruments around my house growing up. my dad works in the music industry so he taught me a lot. … Continue reading Meet JASPERISDEAD

Saturation II Review

The boy band rap group BROCKHAMPTON has done it again. They’ve composed a sequel to Saturation called Saturation II and this one is even better than the first. The whole album shows each artist’s strong points and as a group. With songs like “GUMMY” and “TOKYO” on the album, it really highlights the group’s artistic dynamic. Would it be a BROCKHAMPTON album if Kevin Abstract … Continue reading Saturation II Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills came out with their newest eyeshadow palette Subculture on July 25, 2017. As pictures were leaked for the palette everyone had been hyped up to try these beautiful colors out. Subculture costs about $42.00 at a local Sephora. When this palette was released everyone had to be sure to claim one right away! Even MUA’s were psyched that they’re on Anastasia Beverly Hills PR list … Continue reading Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette Review

New York Fashion Week Thus Far: A Recap

` Fashion month! We are in it! It is here! I don’t typically go for exclamation points, but September is worthy of them! I’m just gonna take the route of doing a rundown highlighting all the major things that have gone on since September 7th. It all began with Tom Ford. Because he is Tom Ford, and he likes to be first. His Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear … Continue reading New York Fashion Week Thus Far: A Recap

Communities and the Digital Age

A community can be defined pretty simply as a small or large group of people who share something in common; this could be anything from specific values to location. They have been present since the dawn of civilisation and have always been an intrinsic part of society. As we continue into the modern era the concept of communities are evolving from what they used to … Continue reading Communities and the Digital Age

PewDiePie’s Racist Remarks… Again.

Youtube sensation PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is involved in another racist scandal… again. A couple days ago, youtube star PewDiePie made grossly racist remarks on a livestream, where he said “What a fucking ni**er… sorry, asshole I mean” Here is a link to the video, but I must warn you, it’s very vulgar. First and foremost it’s completely not okay for him to use that word, … Continue reading PewDiePie’s Racist Remarks… Again.

“Eid al- Adha” What Makes It An Even More Funny And Special Celebration

After “Eid el-Fitr” comes our beloved “Eid al-Adha”. This celebration is characterized by a “nice” and “refreshing” smell: The smell of a sheep which you will find everywhere you go: on the roads, in your neighborhood, in your dad’s car when he brings the sheep until you end up smelling like one. That’s not all. Sheep love to announce their presence, by their melodious and musical … Continue reading “Eid al- Adha” What Makes It An Even More Funny And Special Celebration

A PSA To Everyone Affected By Hurricane Harvey

For the past couple of days, Hurricane Harvey has devastated thousands of people in Texas and left them helpless and desperate. I am moved that there are so many willing to help and donate their things to help all the people affected, but this post is for those who still need help. To make sure they stay as safe as possible in this tough time, … Continue reading A PSA To Everyone Affected By Hurricane Harvey

How The United States Can Learn From Cuba

In 2013, my family and I traveled to Cuba, a communist society led by a dictator, Raúl Castro. In Cuba, citizens are restricted from freedom of expression, meaning that the government controls all media output and input. The government claims this is for the “public security, the integrity, the economy, independence, and national security” of Cuba (“World Report 2015: Cuba”).  Even though the government restricts … Continue reading How The United States Can Learn From Cuba

How To Become A Fashion Expert

Featured Image from The New York Times I don’t know everything. I didn’t know New Mexico was a state until yesterday. I also don’t know everything about the fashion industry, but I would say I know more than the average Joe. I also know that we are constantly bombarded with information from the fashion world and it can be hard to determine what is reliable. … Continue reading How To Become A Fashion Expert

Is Netflix Going Dark A Sign Of The Future?

March 31, 2017, Netflix released the first season of 13 Reasons Why which resulted in a national chatter of if the company had crossed the line of what is and isn’t acceptable. Earlier this summer, on July 14, 2017, Netflix released the movie To the Bone, a story about a young adult female who is battling with Anorexia Nervosa and is living in a house … Continue reading Is Netflix Going Dark A Sign Of The Future?

Hollywood’s Whitewashed View of Anime

Many times and I mean many-has Hollywood got the idea to recreate an anime, one of the most popular forms of entertainment not only in Japan (where it originates) but around the world. They have this preconceived notion that they can simply take episodes upon episodes of plot, character development, and world building, stick it into a 2-hour time slot, and it will turn out … Continue reading Hollywood’s Whitewashed View of Anime

Daniel Caesar “Freudian” Album Review

Daniel Caesar the Toronto based singer-songwriter released his debut album Freudian on August 25, 2017. He first came onto the scene by releasing his debut ep Praise Break in 2014 where Pilgrim’s Paradise followed right after in 2015. This time he’s back with pouring all of his soul and emotions into this album. The rhythm each song has is unique and irresistible which makes you anticipate for more. Freudian … Continue reading Daniel Caesar “Freudian” Album Review

5 Easy Tips For Becoming An Early Riser

Summer is officially ending and with the end of summer vacation starts the months long struggle to rise in the early hours of the morning to go to school. If you’re anything like me, then you know that waking up energized and ready for the day is the night owl’s equivalent to asceticism and requires great sacrifice from those of us who ‘just need five … Continue reading 5 Easy Tips For Becoming An Early Riser

Why Are We So Quick to Dismiss the Religious?

First off, no, I do not have a problem with anyone being religious; I’m just not religious myself. My own experience with religion is not a negative one, in fact, all in all, it’s been positive. Both of my parents were atheists but allowed me to forge my own path when it came to this topic. I was allowed to openly explore different religions and … Continue reading Why Are We So Quick to Dismiss the Religious?

History Of Eye Makeup And The Emergence Of The Cat Eye

It’s no wonder that dramatic eyeliner is a timeless trend—its ancient origins date back to the Egyptian New Kingdom period and have been a constant throughout history, ultimately sparking the invention of the cat eye. The cat eye is rapidly growing in popularity, and whether it is your go-to look or is the complete bane of your existence during application time, the cat eye is … Continue reading History Of Eye Makeup And The Emergence Of The Cat Eye

What You Need to Know About Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Charley in 2004. It is an active tropical cyclone that made landfall in Texas on Friday, sweeping ashore as a category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm made a second landfall a little later, on the Northeastern Shore of Copano Bay. Forecasters call it the strongest hurricane to slam … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Hurricane Harvey

Deeds Really Are More Powerful Than Words

As I recently started my freshman year of high school, I also joined FFA. As it stands for Future Farmers of America, we have a creed and in one part of it, there’s a part that talks about how doing deeds is better than speaking about them. In the world we live in today, this is very important. “I believe in the future of agriculture, with … Continue reading Deeds Really Are More Powerful Than Words

Feminism Across the Globe

Earlier this year, Newton North’s feminism club held a rally on International Women’s Day. I, being one of the officers of feminism club, had the chance to speak out at this rally. There, I discussed examples of feminism I had seen across a few of the countries I’ve visited. This is a continuation of those thoughts as well as a further explanation on how these … Continue reading Feminism Across the Globe

Hypoallergenic Makeup and Skin Care Products

I am not a beauty guru, let me make that clear. However, my sister is quite skilled at makeup and I’ve tried to pick up a few of her tricks. Sometimes my makeup looks decent, but it’s always coated with the wrong color of foundation and a bit too much eyeliner. I realized that the products I was using on were damaging my eyes and … Continue reading Hypoallergenic Makeup and Skin Care Products

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

Exactly a year ago today on August 20th, 2016, Frank Ocean dropped one of my all time favorite albums: Blonde. Very few albums hold the power to captivate me months later, let alone a full year, but Blonde has managed to do just that. I still listen to this album a ton, and it holds a special place in my heart. When Blonde was first … Continue reading Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’: One Year Later

Please Shut Up: White Complaining Is Still Silencing Minority Screaming

Going to a predominantly white school has caused me to feel anxious when I hear the words “race” and “class discussion” used in the same sentence. It is not so much that I’m afraid of someone asking “Why can’t I say, nigger, if you can”, (although that has been asked at least once every school year since eighth grade), but instead I am terrified that the … Continue reading Please Shut Up: White Complaining Is Still Silencing Minority Screaming

Rihanna Launches New Beauty Line At Sephora

One of the most anticipated moments has finally been set in stone: Rihanna will be launching her very own beauty line, providing a range of products that will accommodate all types of skin and taste. Rihanna will be launching her very own beauty line, providing a range of products that will accommodate all types of skin and taste. Announced last April in a $10 million … Continue reading Rihanna Launches New Beauty Line At Sephora

That Time Trump Failed the Nazi Test

At a news conference in February, Mr. Trump said “No. 1, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. No. 2, racism, the least racist person.” However, his response to the tragic and deplorable events that took place on Friday, August 11, when violent clashes broke out between white supremacists and anti-fascist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, was disappointing, to … Continue reading That Time Trump Failed the Nazi Test

How Large Tobacco Companies Are Targeting African American Youth

The tobacco industry has gone to extensive lengths to target and racially profile the African-American community over the past three decades. Through thorough research and heavy advertising, the industry has successfully infiltrated the population of minority African American youth. The industry’s target in the African-American community has had an extremely destructive impact, which is: African Americans suffer the greatest amount of tobacco-related death or disease … Continue reading How Large Tobacco Companies Are Targeting African American Youth

A Healthy Lifestyle Leads to Long-lasting Beauty

We always talk about the importance of choosing the right lip gloss, the perfect mascara, the right shade of powder, but have we thought about adopting the right lifestyle to achieve beauty? “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Nutrition widely affects your appearance. For example, teens who suffer from acne, are told that it’s due to … Continue reading A Healthy Lifestyle Leads to Long-lasting Beauty

The Detrimental Effects of Eurocentric Beauty Ideals

We are all familiar with what Eurocentric beauty ideals encompass: pale skin, straight hair, light eyes etc. You would think that in 2017 these beauty ideals would not be as prevalent in our society but somehow they still are. Essentially, they are ideas that have stemmed from the Western world and have been imposed on the rest of the globe for decades, if not centuries. … Continue reading The Detrimental Effects of Eurocentric Beauty Ideals

A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

On Friday, August 11th I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite artist, Lady Gaga, live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. She embarked on her first world tour since 2014’s ArtRave called The Joanne World Tour, which started on August 1st in Vancouver, CA. Going into the concert, I didn’t really know what to expect considering the album she was … Continue reading A Review Of Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour

A$AP Rocky’s Problematic Dior Shirt

In early June, the A$AP Mob released a video for the song “Wrong,” in which it features A$AP Rocky wearing Maria Grazia Chiuri’s t-shirt that says “We Should All Be Feminists.” Now, I enjoy A$AP Rocky’s face just as much as the next girl and even though this was a very evident brand deal, it was still a great concept. Rocky is no stranger to … Continue reading A$AP Rocky’s Problematic Dior Shirt

Skin Care/Self Care Tips

With teenagers in this generation, we are peaking both intellectually, socially and physically. The majority of us face high school and the weights associated with it, we have a family life at home to keep up with, and (some) of us have relationship drama both romantically and non-romantically.   I believe we forget to take time to ourselves, as we are still growing and often … Continue reading Skin Care/Self Care Tips

50 Beauty Tips EVERYONE Should Know!

Ever wondered how to wake up with that Rihanna-like glow about you in the morning? Yeah, us too. We do however happen to have a stash of pretty nifty low maintenance beauty tips. What’s even better? Everyone can use these tricks! So go forth my friends and shine bright like a diamond.   1. Wash your face every day!!! 2. Make sure you’re drinking enough water, … Continue reading 50 Beauty Tips EVERYONE Should Know!

Tunisia Celebrates Women

Every 13 of August since 1956, Tunisia celebrates its Women: those leaders who have demonstrated their skills in every field, who have proven to the whole world that they’re indeed EQUAL to men. Tunisian Women obtained their rights in 1956, thanks to our late president “Habib Bourguiba”, who established after Tunisia’s independence, the “Code of Personal Status in Tunisia”, which are a set of laws aiming … Continue reading Tunisia Celebrates Women

Coming Up Empty: How Trump is Doing on Delivering Campaign Promises

During the 2016 election, which comedian John Oliver called, “lice on rats on a horse corpse on fire”, current President Donald Trump made very bizarre claims to get him into the White House. Actions such as building a wall on the Mexican border, and negotiating with North Korea on the current missile crisis, have yet to even be neared carried out, and leave the American … Continue reading Coming Up Empty: How Trump is Doing on Delivering Campaign Promises

Civil War: McConnell Vs. Trump

Before the Republicans failed to secure the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Mitch McConnell, and President Donald Trump had a stable relationship when compared to Trump’s past dealings with others a part of Congressional leadership. In an interview with Reuters in May 2017, McConnell applauded the Trump administration for the work that it had done so far by saying, “What the administration is doing, … Continue reading Civil War: McConnell Vs. Trump

Why Gay Representation in Film Is No Longer Enough

The representation of LGBT+ characters in the film industry is an issue that has been floating around for many years, and in many cases, the situation is not improving. While some recent films have indeed shaped for the better the way queer people are viewed by film audiences – for example Pride, Moonlight, Weekend – there have also been some tremendous flops that portray LGBT characters as nothing … Continue reading Why Gay Representation in Film Is No Longer Enough

Why Music Makes Us Feel So Good: The Science Of Sounds

We’ve all been there. Hearing a song, riff, or chord progression so gripping it leaves you fidgety, breathless and heading straight to the internet to find out the name of the mastermind behind the song that just gave you goosebumps. Take the intro riff of Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” or Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA.”  The songs that stop you dead in your tracks because … Continue reading Why Music Makes Us Feel So Good: The Science Of Sounds

Trump’s Threat of Fire and Fury

„I don’t want to be an alarmist, but we’re all going to die!” This is the lovely and heartwarming line Stephen Colbert started his monolog with on Tuesday night, following Trump’s response to North Korea. The president threatened to unleash “fire and fury” against the aforementioned country if they continue to threaten the United States. Mr. Trump’s threat, which, according to Times reporters, was completely … Continue reading Trump’s Threat of Fire and Fury

What’s Good? Gucci Is Thanks To Alessandro Michele

Featured Image from Harper’s Bazaar Ever since 2015, when Alessandro Michele challenged the boring minimalism that had taken over the runway, Gucci simply has been flourishing. People left his first show in awe of his use of maximalism solely because they actually liked it. This was a time where everything looked like Calvin Klein before Raf Simons, so nobody was expecting a newcomer like Alessandro … Continue reading What’s Good? Gucci Is Thanks To Alessandro Michele

Top Ten Multicultural Cruelty-Free Foundation Shades

We need to start by stating the obvious: there are so many different colors of people in this world. So why does it feel like most makeup companies only seem to offer the same few options for a foundation color: ivory, tan, medium and ebony? Well, my friends, I have compiled a list of the most diverse, cruelty-free brands for all of your skin covering … Continue reading Top Ten Multicultural Cruelty-Free Foundation Shades

Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

Breakout R&B sensation Khalid Robinson (better known as Khalid) has dropped a music video for his latest single “Young Dumb & Broke”, a carefree summer anthem about what it’s like to be a modern day high school student. The video sets place in a high school and features many, many cameos. Some notable ones being, Normani Kordei, Nathan Zed, MeechOnMars, Kenan & Kel’s Kel Mitchell, … Continue reading Khalid Drops Cameo Filled Music Video For “Young Dumb & Broke”

The Heat on Pyongyang: How Resolution 2371 Affects North Korea

Resolution 2371. This UN resolution probably means very little to the common person, but to North Korea, this was a “gut punch” of a resolution as the United States UN representative Nikki Haley stated. North Korea throughout 2017 has been engaging in various ballistic missile tests and this resolution effectively punishes them in a very extreme way for doing so. North Korea’s export revenue has … Continue reading The Heat on Pyongyang: How Resolution 2371 Affects North Korea