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I Witnessed Sexual Harassment and Bullying at My First Ever Job
Three years ago, when I was still a high school student, I received my first ever job offer. I had been extremely anxious for the interview and spent all night rehearsing possible questions and answers with my mom, then spent a couple hours going through my carefully highlighted interview notes with a friend in the sushi restaurant next to the movie theater I had applied to. I paired a professional blouse with the fanciest skirt I could find, trying to assume an air of impenetrable confidence.
Five Common Misconceptions Americans Have About Canada
Growing up, I always admired the United States. Almost every movie and television show I watched took place in New York City or Chicago or Los Angeles. My childhood coincided with the early 2010s, before the United States became known for its unpleasant political climate, so I hadn’t become yet become jaded about the darker aspects of the country.
Young Adult Fiction Can Perpetuate Unhealthy Beliefs
When I was in the seventh grade, the hit television series Pretty Little Liars starring Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell finally made its grand debut on Netflix. The older girls at my school had been raving about the books by Sara Shepard for years, so we were excited to see what all the hype was about.
I returned home when platform shoes and bell bottoms were still in style, and the Stones belted out from every pub. In the long stretch of time that passed between my departure and return, I had evolved from an optimistic university graduate into a cynical journalist.
Judy Garland's Mother Was The "Real" Wicked Witch
In almost every photograph and film from her early life, Judy Garland is smiling. From sharing sodas with teenage heartthrob Mickey Rooney to posing for photographs with her elder sisters, young Judy always seemed effervescent and happy.
The Victims of Capital Punishment
In 1893, Henry Smith was brutally murdered. Smith was a Black labourer from Paris, Texas, who was accused of murdering and raping a four-year-old girl. The young white girl, Myrtle Vance, was the daughter of a local policeman who had beaten Smith while he was detained in prison.
The State of Missouri Just Murdered A Disabled Black Man
On October 5th, 2021, a 61-year-old mentally disabled man named Ernest Lee Johnson was executed. He was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 convenience store robbery in Columbia, Missouri, after which he was placed in a Bonne Terre prison.