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When I was 11 years old, I decided to wear a headscarf. I knew I would eventually wear one because as a Muslim, I believe it’s required of me. While others don’t, it all depends on people’s personal beliefs.

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I have to be totally honest. I wasn’t sure what to write about this week for Off The Record — I always have my Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer trinity of problematic white women piece on standby, but as a pop culture blogger, I wanted to stay current and relevant.

Akanksha Sahay

When so much of my news is disseminated into 20-word summaries with a link to an article as I scroll through my social media, it is really easy to remain distanced from the impact of current events. In fact, on Sept.

Efe Edevbie

25 vs. 7: A Debate Over Album Length in the Streaming Age

“It’s 25 songs?”

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Walking into one of the many bodegas on Mt. Pleasant Street in Washington, D.C., I’m instantly greeted in Spanish by the cashier. Without hesitation, I respond in Spanish, but I am not Latino.

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I have been learning the English language for 15 years now. I have improved from learning vowels to now writing in a second language. Fifteen years is long enough to have mastered a skill, yet there are still some words in English I can never pronounce.

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On Sept. 15, I attended the third annual Palipalooza, a Palestine-centered concert in Chicago, on behalf of Learning for the Empowerment and Advancement of Palestinians.

Chinatown Arch in Washington, D.C.

“Do you even have Chinese cooks? This tastes like cardboard,” my mother yelled in Mandarin at the poor, unsuspecting waitress. She was very unimpressed by the food we tried at the “authentic” Chinese restaurant at Chinatown in Washington, D.C.

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It’s 2018 and I oddly find myself buying physical albums. My package came last week via the Korea Post, a direct indicator of the cultural aspect of We Go Up, the second mini album by South Korean teenage boy group NCT Dream.

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I’ve obsessed over “Sister, Sister,” a TV show about twins separated at birth and reunited, since I first stumbled upon it in elementary school. Back then, I liked it because it was funny and entertaining.