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CULTURE TRIP

Tweet Credit @NitemareOnBeeSt | A "Black Version" of the Squid Game Doll

SPOILER ALERT: This essay goes into detail about Netflix’s Squid Game.

Like many of you, I've spent the last few weeks immersed in a bright, colorful world of the South Korean dystopian drama Squid Game. This 9-episode series smashed expectations and has become Netflix's biggest series release ever. …


Jesy Nelson and Nicki Minaj don’t seem to understand why Blackfishing and appropriating Black culture is problematic. Let’s unpack this foolishness.

Photo by Gordon Cowie on Unsplash

Let’s start by setting the thematic tone with two descriptive words: “hot” and “mess.” Nicki Minaj was recently trending, yet again, after defending Little Mix’s former member, Jesy Nelson…


Memories, mission, and meaning

There’s more to the story than we can remember. (Photo: Catkin)

1. You Agreed to Forget Everything

Imagine coming to earth knowing you had a sit down with God, mapped out your entire life, and shook hands with him after signing a soul contract.

How would you act?

As a human who was going to grow to develop an ego, if you knew this information, you’d be…


Photo by Robin Gislain Gessy on Unsplash

One of my favorite photos of myself is from high school. I’m standing in a pumpkin patch wearing dramatically big gold hoop earrings, my natural curls, and a frown. (Do you just love my fall-themed intro, or what?)

I thought of this photo last month when my therapist asked me…


SPIRIT MEDICINE

The Iya Cutlass card in the Akamara tarot deck.

One thing that we won’t be able to escape this week is family!

Sit with the word, family, what does it mean to you?

Who comes to mind? How does it feel?

Iya cutlass wants us to take initiative with how we show up in our family structures. She is…


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The first story on the new loan forgiveness program that popped in my newsfeed was one from CNBC: Department of Education announces Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Changes by Abigail Johnson Hess.

The crazy part is, I was just talking about this. Then, on September 27, 2021, I (probably like…


An Alternative Opinion

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“Smile, girl.”

When the words fell out of the mouth of whatever random man I passed on the street, I would feel as though a match was lit in my chest.

I would look up to this stranger, only then becoming conscious of my face. A face that, up until…


Jay Nelson Blackfishing alongside Nicki Minaj | Photo Credit | Nicki Minaj Twitter Account

So, Nicki Minaj is playing with fire once again. A few weeks back, she found herself in the hot seat after spreading false information about vaccines. That’s wild because Black people are more likely to die of COVID, so spreading these lies hurt the Black community. …


About a month ago, a photographer I follow on Instagram posted a special code to buy tickets to an “Untitled Chappelle Event” at the Hollywood Bowl on October 7. …


Image courtesy of Alex Green via PEXELS

“Sometimes I think I’m going to come home and find that you’ve hung yourself.”

That’s what my partner said to me almost ten years to the day, and I can still feel the chill kicking from my A/C and the agitation in my partner’s voice as I sat crying on…

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