Posts tagged "september 2015"
Mind(fulness) over matter

Mind(fulness) over matter

Illustration by Thuy Seecof.  Over a month ago, I watched a video on youtube about a meditation style called mindfulness. I took some real interest in it. I tried to practice it, watched a few videos, found it hard, then gave up. Then, the other day in our very first session, my new therapist asked...
Navigating Friendships with White People

Navigating Friendships with White People

Illustration by Ashley Amado. Up until high school, every single one of my friends was white. When you took into account the fact that I went to a very white school in a very white community in the Deep South, the lack of diversity in my friend group was not surprising. The only problem was...
An Interview With Briallen Hopper

An Interview With Briallen Hopper

  Briallen Hopper is an English Lecturer at Yale University. Her writing can be found in the Huffington Post, Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, New Republic, Killing the Buddha, and much more. You can find her on tumblr at http://briallenhopper.tumblr.com/ and on twitter @briallenhopper. The very first pitch that I...
Eyeball String Lights and Candy Corn Bunting: A Simple Halloween DIY

Eyeball String Lights and Candy Corn Bunting: A Simple Halloween DIY

Behind the Glue and Fabric Scraps: I grew up in a family that went through some pretty bad cycles of poverty while I was growing up. We usually had little to no money to spend on looks, and my grandma usually took me shopping. I am a quite creative person, and I remember somewhere between middle...
Growing Up Indian

Growing Up Indian

Illustration by Marie Ann Dt.   My world was 90% white, and the only colors I saw in my suburban town was eggshell, ivory and bleach. As a little brown girl undertaking the troubles of growing up, never meeting anyone like me was a certain hell.
For Jenny

For Jenny

Illustration by Ari.   Everyone already knows that the pressures of society are dangerous and even deadly, pushing people to their limits in order to try to fit in. But when someone is already struggling with addiction, these prejudices have an even stronger effect. Such opinions like “People can will themselves out an of addiction...
Split

Split

  There’s another person in me whose silhouette was formed from all the times I’ve tried to thrust the thunder from my veins; Another body made of static and flame, lightly running the pads of its fingers along the knots of my brain and tapping on the tendons tasked with keeping my vibrating bones from...
The Stories Behind the Headlines

The Stories Behind the Headlines

Illustration by Regine De Mesa. Go Set a Watchman is not To Kill a Mockingbird.  While Mockingbird pulled at the heart, Watchman reaches for our brains as it looks at the nature of prejudice, the Southern identity, and the push-pull of generational differences.  Not every reader will find Watchman’s themes compelling, but those who are...
To Warn or Not to Warn

To Warn or Not to Warn

Illustration by Ari  Books are incredibly powerful. They have the ability to, with a limited number of letters, make a person cry, scream, laugh, or do all three at once. Not to mention teachers. The right teacher can set someone on a path for life, and can really change a person for the better. These...
For My Daughter and the Girls I Love

For My Daughter and the Girls I Love

if i were to have a daughter i would teach her self-preservation, tell her how safe her bodyspace is and show her how to take care of it. i would call myself mama and her anything she wanted and let her make her own choices and even if they didn’t turn out so good i’d...
Oppression in Context

Oppression in Context

Illustration by Ashley Amado. As a writer for such an important magazine and movement, I’ve decided that I want to discuss the medium from which we are highlighting our points: language.  The English language is a tool and a medium of expression that has immense power. With words, the intangible chaos that is human thought...
With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

With Intersectionality Comes Intelligence

Illustration by Valentina Quiñonez.   For years, the definition of feminism has been the belief of equality between all genders. In a world and history characterized by the dominance of men, this movement strives to empower females. The original start of the feminist movement is unknown, for it reaches back over many centuries. However, the...