The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, But It Will Be Likable?

An essay covering how revolution looks in a social media era and discovering the adverse harm specifically when it comes to understanding infographics. When you’re scrolling through Instagram and you see new human rights issues beginning to trend through a steady stream of infographics, do you as a consumer ever stop to wonder why? This week all hands are on deck regarding #FreePalestine and #FreeSheikhJarrah, despite the oppression of Palestinian people going back decades. Before this, last we

5 Reasons The Workplace Should Totally Implement Pajama Monday

Mondays are already dreaded. Going back to work is rarely an exciting prospect (unless of course you actually enjoy your job). However what if, you could wake up on Monday and not go through the grueling process that is pants? Now the relaxation of pajamas would prove to lend to productivity during the first hours of returning to work, Instead of waking up grumpy about going to work, the pajamas would make you happy!

5 Benefits to Quitting Caffeine

I never take New Year, New Me seriously, but something has changed. Earlier this year I made a landmark decision. I quit caffeine. Shocking I know, but this change was long overdue. My breakfast routine for the past 3 years revolved around my coffee consumption. Caffeine can be classified as a drug in some senses since it alters dopamine release. For me in the past 6 months due to an unbalanced diet and lack of excercise from the pandemic, I started experiencing horrifying nausea due to coffee i

Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests: A Revelation at the Heart of America

How many of you have taken the Myer-Briggs personality test? Many of us have it for fun, leadership, or trending purposes, but have any of us taken it for a job? The CNN Documentary which premiered on HBO takes a very dark, and saddening turn when watching. I was well aware that Myer-Briggs was used by some companies as an assessment for how you’d fit into the company culture. What I didn’t realize, is how discriminatory this practice actually is.

Here’s Why Chai is my most Committed Relationship

If anyone knows anything about me, it’s this: I am not a morning person. I never have been, until last week due to a severe case of jetlag. It was 6:30 am India time. I was visiting Calcutta, the city where my parents are from, and my dad asked me the universal question: Shall we get chai? I figured why not, Calcutta has always been better in the morning. The city slowly awakening, streets void of traffic, an eternal golden hour.

Have you got 'Moxie'? Amy Poehler's New Film Misses the Mark

Late one Thursday, the film Moxie came up on my Netflix content feed and I was curious as I watched the trailer. The trailer that debuted on Netflix did a better job of making it seem like this would be a titular film breaking the mold, yet it actually misses the mark. In the trailer, all you see is the new girl, who is an Afro-Latina character named Lucy, who talks about why The Great Gatsby shouldn’t be taught because of the message it portrays only to be rudely cut off by a White-male student

The Black Palestinian Solidarity Movement

In October of 2015, more than 60 African American and Palestinian intellectuals and activists launched the “Black Palestinian Solidarity” statement of solidarity with each’s respective struggle, declaring in a video “when I see them, I see us”. The Black Palestinian Solidarity movement was born in the context of the July-August 2014 Israeli war on Gaza and the murder of Eric Garner in New York City on July the 16th 2014 and of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August the 9th 2014

Why it's important to be Childlike in an Adult world

I have a confession to make: I am a daydreamer. This two-syllable word can be used as a verb or an adjective, however, it typically relates to children. I was told when I was a kid that despite straight A’s and good behavior, my one fault was a wandering mind. “I don’t know where your head is at...” is something I heard a lot from “adults” as I grew up. Usually daydreaming is a symptom that goes away gradually by age, yet here I am at twenty-one years old, not wanting to get my head out of thos

The Appropriation of Wokeness

Happy Black History Month, fellow readers. I sincerely hope you’ve done some good reading and will continue to do so all year round. With that being said let’s skip all the fun formalities and deep dive into what is “wokeness.” These days when I think of an image that encapsulates what “wokeness” has been appropriated and twisted into, it’s often a Brooklyn Hipster criticizing capitalism while drinking Colombian coffee in a gentrified neighborhood and also tweeting about systemic racism (while a

Censorship In Barcelona During a Freedom of Speech Movement: An Interview with Roc Blackblock

As a country, Spain has been recognized as a democracy for 40 years. Despite this, many citizens in Spain, specifically members in the art community have reported mass censorship of ideas and imprisonment for freedom of expression. On February 7th, a group of graffiti artists protested the wrongful ordered imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel. Pablo Hasel is a rapper who was ordered to be jailed for alleged tweets and song lyrics, an action that undermines democracy. A 2015 law that was enacted b

Sylvie’s Love: A Reignition of The Cinematic Imagination

There is only one word that can describe the experience that was viewing Sylvie’s Love: Cinematic. Sylvie’s Love directed, written and produced by Eugene Ashe is an exploration of true love, dreams, sacrifice and jazz in the 1950s to 1960s Harlem that truly puts a stellar Black cast to the forefront. Performances by Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha as Sylvie and Robert respectively were very balanced and equally matched. After being separated for five years, Sylvie and Robert find themselves

A timeline of US Involvement in Afghanistan

We live in a world of rampant misinformation and instant gratification. Quick Google searches permeate our consciousness with quick easy answers without actively taking a step to truly understand something beyond the surface level. Our media is no stranger to this either whether it be through a constant showing of violent images of the Middle East, claiming coronavirus only affected a specific demographic, or claiming to be “shocked” when a racist former President wouldn’t condemn White supremac

Madagascar Is The Quintessential New York Film, Prove Me Wrong

Think of all the New York movies you’ve ever watched: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, When Harry Met Sally, Sex and The City etc. All of these films capture what can only be described as an ideal New York experience, or an aesthetically pleasing version of New York filled with guys, parties, and rag tag group of gals. Let’s take a trip back to memory lane for a second, and consider one of the greatest animation films that deserves major critical praise: Madagascar. That’s right! Madagascar, in my not s

Is This Modern Society?

In the US, a country honed on individualization and a me-centric culture, it is debatable whether a thing like privacy is a right or a myth. The Social Dilemma, a documentary that debuted on Netflix, explores how the people as users unknowingly become the product. Companies like Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Reddit, etc. keep users glued to their service by analyzing and selling data of the users to each other to personalize an algorithm and thereby shape a specific worldview to each individual

The Joy Of Resilience: Monuments, Migration and Monarch Butterflies

I’ve been reexamining “The American Dream” an ideal that encapsulates the sentiment written on the Statue of Liberty, a prominent symbol of immigration. Emma Lazarus has a poem written on the plaque, “Give your tired, your poor huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” I have come to find that this is just an ideal, as historically immigrants have been cast in a negative spotlight in the US. Despite the negative connotation immigration has, through stories and art, I came to learn there is more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not your "feminist icon"

In recent weeks the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has conjured debate on her legacy, in regards to what she has done for women’s rights and concern over women’s autonomy in the wake of it. There is no question that RBG has had an effect on the feminist movement and has made changes for women, but she is not the “icon” that many feminists throne her to be. As it happens often with decisions involving women, it has to be questioned what demographic of women benefit from cert

The Queen’s Gambit: Apophenia, Addiction, and Grand-Mastery

Rare is the day I learn a word I don’t know. Recently, I learned the word apophenia, in The Queen’s Gambit. The Queen’s Gambit is a quest, one of greatness beyond the average consumer of the show. The fictional story follows Beth Harmon, a chess prodigy, an obsessive quest for greatness, coupled with addiction during the Cold War era. Apophenia is defined as a connection between creativity and psychosis. A connection between unrelated things. To put it frankly, The Queen’s Gambit is escapism at

The Aftermath of Unrest: Natalie Nascenzi

The Aftermath of Unrest is a one of a kind poetry experience that combines language with art and fate. This new collection of work by NYC-based poet Natalie Nascenzi marks her second publication, following her March 2020 release Out of Chaos. Nascenzi’s latest release pairs her poetry with Grant McGrath’s paintings, a matchup resulting from serendipity. The artist himself is described as “inconsistently consistent.” Nascenzi’s portrait graces the cover, painted by Grant during a two hour sitting

FemArchy: Femininity, Divinity, and Authenticity

Femininity is defined as a set of characteristics, behaviors, and attributes associated with women and girls, according to a quick google search. These same search engines acknowledge that femininity is socially constructed. FemArchy is a collective of femme-identifying artists, whose mission statement say they “believe femininity is a state of mind, feeling, and action.” The opening show of this collective happened at The Gradient, a female-owned bar in Bushwick. As with anything involving fem
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