Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:34pm
Raza Shar (played by Nabhaan Rizwan) in the episode “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”.

Breaking away from mainstream Hollywood portrayals of counter-terrorism and Muslim immigrant communities, Informer succeeds precisely because it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. The series is firmly rooted in its desire to not be dramatically over-sensationalized (for instance, there is no bombing of Buckingham Palace or Big Ben) and to portray its minority characters as flawed but complex individuals.

 

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:27pm
Freddie Mercury performing at Wembley, 1986.

Freddie Mercury is one of my biggest idols. And no, in case you are wondering this isn’t a "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Queen" bandwagon fan piece. I feel like we all know a person who as soon as they saw the movie decided to obnoxiously play “Don’t Stop Me Now” at every party they went to. I’ve had a poster of Freddie striking his iconic and all too familiar pose taped to the wall of my room since middle school. In fact, it feels like I’ve known Freddie for quite a while now.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:41pm
Notre Dame engulfed in flames from the April 15th fire

And that’s not an exaggeration.

 

 

   

Sometime on Monday, a breaking news alert popped up on my phone. “Fire at Notre Dame in Paris.” Within an hour, the first photo appeared of the Notre Dame engulfed in flames. My group chats and Facebook news feed became saturated with people’s reactions.

 

“This is a tragic, tragic loss.” 

 

“Thoughts and prayers are with the people of France.”

 

“Sobbing. Just sobbing.”

 

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:33pm
Aritry Adhikary

TW: Suicide

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:10pm
Members of BSU executive board, speakers, and alumni join together at the grand opening of the new Trotter Multicultural Center Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, generations of students and alumni joined in unity to welcome the grand opening of the new Trotter Multicultural Center on Central Campus. Forged from decades' worth of student activism, largely spearheaded by the Black Student Union, Trotter opened its doors to the public and community during a historic community gathering. Students, alumni, faculty and staff lined the basement from wall-to-wall, nearly reaching capacity.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:58pm
Blackbody symbolism

I’ve always wondered if a woman’s Blackness will be remembered, or if our importance, impact and beauty will fade. Sometimes, I feel I allow my mind to dabble in what-if’s and what society thinks rather than focusing on the beauty of my Blackness, and the strength of my Black body. After self-reflection, I feel like I have finally come up with a way to really understand and appreciate my Blackness.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:52pm
Awkwafina (left) and Margaret Cho in the music video for “Green Tea."

In the late 90s and early 2000s, Asian-American teens and young adults experienced a subculture called “AZN pride”. They made overt references to being “AZN” (a short form of “Asian”) in their usernames on AIM and dyed their hair to get conspicuous highlights, but perhaps one of the biggest emblems of AZN pride was their dedication to hip-hop. Hip-hop had already proven to be a powerful form of expression for the Black community, where the genre had originated.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:42pm
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The horrendous American school system.

“That’s not our issue,”

Say the people who see American children breaking down mentally and committing suicide due to a system of education that works the children to death, physically and emotionally.

 

Police brutality.

“That’s not our issue,”

Say some of the people of the U.S. who turn a blind eye to the fatal shootings done by police that take the lives of innocent young children.

 

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:43pm
Another Angle

In elementary school, if I wasn’t drawing, I’d be in the city library, lost in a biography of Magritte or a history of Impressionism. I was certain that I’d become an artist, sharing my self-expression with the world in the greatest museums. But after years of being told in the strict Korean disciplinary system that pursuing art was “unrealistic and not practical for my career," my shining future slid to the bottom of the priority ladder. I felt like I was walking around wearing a mask, my sense of self slowly slipping away.

 

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:24pm
Sean Tran and friends

Before I began college, my dad told me that I’d end up being friends with those who were like me—that I’d stick to my “own kind.” What he meant was that the people who I’d surround myself with would all be Asian, a stark contrast to my high school best friends. My high school friends were made up of a handful of white boys and one Vietnamese girl, all within a high school class of 450 where I could count all the Asian students on my hands. I didn’t believe him at all. However, as parents often are, he ended up being right, for the most part.