Helmets Don't Save Lives
The conversation on concussion prevention within American football cannot be had without discussing why. The right question to ask is not why concussions occur but why it’s important to limit and prevent them. Within the last decade, a multitude of former NFL players who have been diagnosed with a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) have taken their own lives. This is not a coincidence but a serious reality faced by real people. Does this mean that the long-term effects of repeated concussions can lead to severe brain changes? Evidently, and if so, what exactly are those changes and just how damaging can the effects be?
The woman behind one of the greatest books that shaped the world.
One of the most moving, powerful and influential books I have ever read is Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembwa, an award-winning Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, filmmaker and gender and cultural activist. I came across a main character that looked like me in more ways than one; an African girl, ravelling through post-colonial Rhodesia. I fell in love with the story and a greater love for the author formed. So, imagine my face when a friend told me they had met her - the author. I can't lie, I was quite envious because first of all, they didn't like reading nor had they read any of her work. Yes, 19 year old me was a little bitter I must admit. As the years swam by, I discovered greater wanders about the invigorating character that is Tsitsi. I learned that she was the strength, poise and fragility that posed in her books and now I'll share part of her essence with you.
A woman's gift guide: For the thoughtful consumer
If you're anything like me then finding the right gift for any occasion can be quite the struggle. Despite the same gift giving occurrences that make up moments of my life each and every year, it hasn't gotten easier, I've just gotten a lot better at it.
Travel Inspired By Video Games
I was born in the city of London, in the United Kingdom. Despite this, I have no memory of that period - only visuals shown to me through pictures captured on film during the early 90's. There's a reason many of us can't remember things before the ages of 3 or 4, it has come up during my studies in school but that’s a conversation for another day.
- Third Place in Beyond the Vote Challenge
Advocate For The Innocent
The United States has the worlds highest wrongful conviction rate. What is worse is that there are far more false convictions than there are exonerations, creating a justice system that is not only flawed but one that is untrustworthy and unreliable.
- Second Place in Like, Share, Subscribe Challenge
Cynthia Gwebu: A woman for ALL women
Within some societies, women are almost always expected to wear and know about makeup, and when one doesn’t, she must be prepared to explain herself. Alicia Keys is a prime example of this. She literally had to sit down and explain why she decided to go makeup free on the cover of her album, Here. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a lot of people were offended and outraged by her choice. Twitter was at it on the night of the 2016 VMAs, where a makeup free, Keys graced the event. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but not all women know or even care for makeup and that's okay. 2 years ago, I was a clueless girl that barely knew anything about this world. I didn’t even own lip gloss, okay? The aspect was foreign and unnecessary to me, but my interest grew. I was captivated and enthralled in learning about myself and journeying through my femininity, and through it all, YouTube was there – that little search engine that would lead to many teachings that molded parts of me.
Life Lessons I Took Away From TikTok
When TikTok blew up and gained its wild popularity, I remained unphased to the growing hype surrounding the app. Let’s just say it wasn’t my cup of tea. Not that I even knew what it really was, but the little clips would leak onto other social media platforms, giving rise to its infamy.
- First Place in For You Challenge
30 Seconds That Will Embody A Memory Forever: Nicole Thea
Social media can be a special place to keep and share memories even after those in them are gone. A TikTok video that has since become my favorite, does just that. It captures the essence and character of a young woman, dancing with the father of her unborn child. The video is filled with so much joy, positive energy, and beauty.