Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 8:16pm

I sat down with my mother in early September and had a long conversation about the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”. The word "sayang” is a Singlish slang term (originally a Malay word, though it also exists in Tagalog) that has two meanings: one is “such a pity,” and the other is “to dote on or love someone.” This article has a little of both.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:57pm
Dev Patel

Well, well, well friends, it’s that time of year again. That's right — we’re down to the last 40 days before the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Award submission deadline (Oct. 23, for any of you enterprising British filmmakers out there). With the new rules in place, BAFTA is making it clear they strive to be the exact opposite of #OscarsSoWhite.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 5:54pm
I’m shook: millennials, cultural Identity, and privilege

Apart from soberly functioning every day, introspecting into the quirks and the charms that we hold informs how we respond to the pressure campus culture puts on defining who we are. Our campus is filled with millennials, and it’s no wonder that one of our privileges over previous generations lies in the formation of self-identity. We’re caught between a wealth of human and internet resources and the impressionability of our years. The decisions we make about what campus spaces to belong to, and what to achieve for ourselves, eventually build into each other.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 3:27pm
Santa Monica Beach

Boat People

After Ocean Vuong


Don’t ask why we came.

Ask why we left.

Some say the story ends in liberation,

but there was no end,

only the horizon.

In the distance,

a military ship.

Men dove into the water

like fish eager for home.

But I,

who had learned to escape,

not swim,

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:24pm

Second-class citizens

We cut and cut

And cut

Pieces of our dirty red flesh off

Sawing off the parts they don’t like —


Becoming enigmas

To ourselves

But familiar friends to them

We toil and toil,

Slowly chipping away at that

Frozen melting pot,

Only to find out

It was a salad bowl all along

And were meant to be



Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:43pm
Halimat Olaniyan and Efe Osagie

I’ve never really cared about or followed the latest trends. Instead, I’ve always thought of myself as a trendsetter. But on Monday, I stumbled upon Seek Refuge, a clothing company that uses its platform and products for female empowerment, Muslim representation and refugee aid. They're branded as the first to make streetwear for Muslim women regardless of their personal modesty choices.

For me, my wardrobe is an extension of who I am. My style is a reflection of my personality and my commitment to be unapologetically me.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:43pm

I like to think I’m a sexy woman. In fact, I know I’m a sexy woman. But, the problem is sex stresses me out. Not the stuff leading up to it. Not the hot make outs or the slow stripping. Just the bit where every bit of clothing is off and things are about to inserted in places and honestly it’s almost more stressful than midterm week. Almost.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:33pm

gay and brown

and black and blue all over


sapphire eyes to blue niles pouring down

ruby lips to scarlet blood spilling over


gay and brown

and black and blue all over


I am scared

and I am sad


I am gay and brown

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 6:00pm

Originally performed at Yoni Ki Baat.


The existence of a woman of color is in and of itself an act of resistance.

These are my words. Sound nice don’t they? Sound… empowering?

Or maybe it sounds like the faux-deep mantra of a girl who’s trying to convince herself that she’s a good social justice activist.

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:39pm

When Drew Metcalf, an LSA junior studying screen arts and culture, submitted his project proposal to optiMize’s Social Innovation Challenge, he had no idea he would end up forming a creative expression showcase that would impact more than 150 students. With a strong passion for creativity and art, Metcalf has a natural drive for building community, cultural understanding and confidence — all through the power of expression.