Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:07am
Jakin Zhang

I grew up drawing eyelids on all of my stick figures so that they could look pretty — well, as pretty as a stick figure could get. I took long looks in the mirror and touched the soft space above my eyelashes, miserable about the fact that I had been born with monolids. Like many of my Asian American peers, I was cursed with the inability to physically fit in properly with my white classmates who were busy exploring different eyeliner shapes on their perfect double lids. I mean, I can’t say I didn’t also explore.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:59pm
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I’ve always been insecure about my Korean-ness, or to be more specific, my lack thereof. For the longest time, I’ve felt like I had become too Americanized, and I wasn’t the only one who noticed it. So many of my friends would joke and say “Natalie, you’re so white” or make comments about how I was a “banana” (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). I internalized these things and, pretty much, believed them. I had grown up in America with the classic sugary cereals and Lunchables — when my mom would give in to my plead — just like the other white kids.

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:19pm
Marsai Martin

We’ve seen her belt at the top of her lungs to Beyonce’s “Love On Top”. We’ve witnessed her serve witty comebacks as Diane in the popular hit series “Blackish.” Now we finally get to see this little queen achieve greater feats. As if Black History Month couldn’t get any better, Marsai Martin is shining a light and reminding us of the power, fearlessness and ambition that Black Girl Magic was born from.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:13pm
PILOT volunteers lead dialogues about privilege, power, and oppression with the Dreams 2 Reality student participants.

I think that student orgs offer an important opportunity for students from different backgrounds and perspectives to come together to do work they are passionate about. As part of my work for a student org, I have been helping to organize social justice workshops for high school students. These workshops are aimed not only at helping the students learn about their own identities, but teaching them how to accept people with different identities. One of the workshops focused on stereotypes and microaggressions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:06pm
Winner Tamar Braxton and Kandi Burruss

On the second season of Celebrity Big Brother an unprecedented event may occur: a final four consisting of all Black contestants. Ricky Williams, former NFL football player, will have the power to eliminate two houseguests soon, sealing his place in the final four, and with the only white houseguest being Dina Lohan, there is a chance the final four will consist of a combination of Kandi Burruss, Lolo Jones, Tamar Braxton or Dina Lohan.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:59pm
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You are light.

 

You are a being.

 

You are human.

 

You are enough.

 

You exist.

 

You are here.

 

You are whole.

 

You are loved.

 

You are full.

 

 

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:45pm
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Where are you from? A simple, straightforward question for the majority of people, but not for me. I belong to a small – but growing – group of individuals known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs). This label has garnered popularity in recent years because of greater international employment opportunities and increased personal overseas travel fostering intercultural relationships.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:13pm
Normcore Fashion

If retro was the official comeback of 2015, normcore greets 2019 with a warm welcome, especially in Korea. Walking down the streets of Seoul, a chilled plastic cup of Gong Cha bubble tea in hand, I venture out and by looking around, a horde of people clad in frayed stonewash jeans, thin linen shirts, and white tennis sneakers accost my vision. My realization was right - normcore fashion is getting big this year.

 

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 6:09pm
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I am writing this almost a year later, wondering how it can still be taking over my life. It tears at my soul like a nasty disease; it pauses briefly, giving me a moment to gasp for air, before it sinks its claws back into me and pulls me under.