Books

A Work of Enduring Brilliance: Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing

Never has there been a story more necessary in our time than Homegoing (2016, Knopf). It is masterful braid of anecdotes that traces the paths of two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, through generations, cataloguing the brutal pain of colonization, slavery, and unending racism, as well as the vivid and energetic hope for freedom, happiness, romance, […]

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Bilingual, Opinions

The Films of Almodóvar: A Definitive Ranking

[Versión bilingüe] From his first film (Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón, released in 1992) through to his most recent release (Julieta, 2017), Pedro Almodóvar’s work has been entirely ahead of its time. His films are predictably loud, proud, and brimming with vibrant colors. They bring to life a self-sufficiency and an addictive […]

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Politics

The Fallacy of Propaganda Site “Russia Today”

Russia Today’s online media presence has grown drastically since its onset on YouTube in 2007. In lieu of this success, the Times subtly portrays RT’s popularity as a growing threat. So, what is Russia today (RT)? And How does it differ from American news media? In an effort to illuminate the distinction and explain their […]

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Bilingual, Politics

Angela Merkel and The Wake of Political Non-Feminism — from We Wave Mag

[Versión bilingüe] In response to “The World’s Most Powerful Woman Won’t Call Herself a Feminist” Postfeminism? It seems paradoxical that Angela Merkel, “the world’s most powerful woman”, does not identify as a feminist. However, to assume the title of “feminist” demands acknowledgement of ongoing systemic inequality, and who better to represent gender equality than a […]

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Books

Rupi Kaur: The Only Worldly Antidote for Heartbreak

Rupi Kaur is my new religion. For someone whose first poetry collection was so touching, thoughtful and imaginative, filled with life lessons, and illuminating the gift of gratitude, I could not imagine that her second book would ever reach the same level of self-understanding, teach me any more about love and loss, or express different […]

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Opinions

What Generation Y Doesn’t Understand About Sexual Harassment

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about the frustration of getting catcalled, the impending fear of being approached, unwanted touch on the metro, hisses, winks, whistles, grins. “Sure,” she told me, it had happened to her as well. “But that’s life; it is out of our control.” Generations of women have faced the discomfort […]

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Travel, Travel Tips

My Top 7 Travel Apps

Take it from someone who’s missed enough flights, gotten hopelessly lost at unspeakable hours of morning, and accidentally told a TSA Agent he was “a cutie” in Spanish… I’ve made all of those harsh mistakes for you, so you can go forth and live your truth with hopefully a few less logistical blunders. Having spent […]

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Travel

Athens, Greece: A Bleak Awakening

Athens was cold and unwelcoming. If history was what I expected to experience, it was burrowed beneath piles of clothing, oil lamps, half-colored children’s books on the sidewalk, and a sour smell that hung in the air. Perhaps this is my jet lag talking, but the trains did not run, the lockers at the station […]

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Travel

Rome, Italy

From spending Halloween wandering side-streets of Florence with a gelato larger than my face, my next destination was Rome. Jill and I had planned to meet up but we hardly knew what this city had in store for us. After a rendezvous at our AirBnB we caught the bus to the Altare della Patria: We kicked off our “what […]

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