Meet Amethyst Collaborative – A Collective of Women of Color in the Music Industry

Amethyst is a group of women in the music industry, created by Olivia Shalhoup, who is also the creative director. They aim to give women of color the creative platform where they are able to openly express their passion and spread their message. By creating original audiovisual content, hosting a radio show, and promoting other … Continue reading Meet Amethyst Collaborative – A Collective of Women of Color in the Music Industry

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Losing My Friends After High School

I am coming to the end of my second last year of high school. I go back to school tomorrow just to get feedback from my final exams for the year. It only feels like yesterday that I was sitting in my school's performing arts center surrounded by 240 jittery Year 7's on our Orientation … Continue reading Losing My Friends After High School

French Braids, Dutch Braids, or Trap Braids: The Power in a Name

When I was younger, my mom would often style my hair in two braided pigtails to manage my curls. Living in a predominantly non-black neighborhood and having my hair braided by my non-black mother, to me, she was doing my hair in French braids. However, being a black girl, I also know that this hairstyle … Continue reading French Braids, Dutch Braids, or Trap Braids: The Power in a Name

Plastic Straw Bans and Prison Reform: When Activism Turns Performative

When I heard that Starbucks plans to eliminate their use of plastic straws by 2020, I was elated. I had seen videos of sea turtles harmed by plastic straws on my Twitter timeline, and I was excited to see a tangible solution come from such a large corporation with global influence. A few weeks after … Continue reading Plastic Straw Bans and Prison Reform: When Activism Turns Performative

Stop Treating Black People as a Monolith

When I was the in third grade, my teacher assigned a black history project. We were required to research an African-American of significance and give a presentation to the rest of the class. One of my peers gave her presentation on Coretta Scott King: musician and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After my … Continue reading Stop Treating Black People as a Monolith

Fascination with the Inevitable: Joey Graceffa’s “Escape The Night”

Warning: Spoilers ahead for episode 6 of "Escape The Night" "Escape The Night" is definitely a guilty pleasure show of mine. I watch it with my little sister, who enjoys it. I think that Joey Graceffa has put a lot of hard work into the show and he is evidently a very creative person. I … Continue reading Fascination with the Inevitable: Joey Graceffa’s “Escape The Night”

Falling out of Love with Your Passion

Falling into ruts is normal. People get into a routine that eventually becomes monotone and taxing, resulting in intense burn-out and plain exhaustion. But it’s relatively easy to recover from such an occurrence: a vacation, a spa-day, a period of time used to simply relax and take your mind off work. But sometimes burn-outs are … Continue reading Falling out of Love with Your Passion

I Stopped Taking My Birth Control and Here’s What Happened

  Contrary to a widely accepted belief, the pill is used for many other reasons than just preventing pregnancy. It may also help balance irregular periods, permitting you to know exactly when you'll start each month, can reduce acne, and decrease menstrual cramps. I used it for the latter. Since the first day I got … Continue reading I Stopped Taking My Birth Control and Here’s What Happened