Staff Picks

  • Chantal Spurgeon
    Published about a month ago
    Voting Is Your Most Important Right

    Voting Is Your Most Important Right

    In 2016, about 43% of eligible voters did not even bother to cast a ballot. How this could have changed the last 4 years, we will never know.
  • Sabine Lucile Scott
    Published 2 months ago
    Lizzo, Telling It Like It Is

    Lizzo, Telling It Like It Is

    Lizzo is an American musician, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Lizzo's success was so swift that she was named Time Magazine's "Entertainer of the Year" in 2019 and her album " Cuz I Love You" made number four on the Billboard 200 list of most popular music in the United States. After her flute performance at the 2019 BET Awards, Lizzo received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included popular singer Rihanna. Lizzo's song "Good As Hell" became very popular last year, climbing up the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Lizzo is also a well-know exemplar of body positivity. In a Vice interview she said, " You can wake up and change many things about your appearance, but the inevitability of waking up in your own skin what unifies us."
  • Whitney Smart
    Published 2 months ago
    The Running Faucet vs. The Leaky Faucet (The Slow Drip)

    The Running Faucet vs. The Leaky Faucet (The Slow Drip)

    Being Black, at any given time, in any given country, on any given day, is usually in and of itself a trying experience for most (but not all) Black people. Whether it’s the constant microaggressions we face on a daily and continuous basis, the sometimes blatant racist attacks and remarks that are levied at us with complete disregard for our humanity or feelings, or the total lack of regard for our lives when encountering law enforcement and medical professionals, we live our lives knowing that in most cases we will be treated differently. We see it in the ways we are treated in other non-black POC’s grocery stores, taxi cabs and restaurants. We see it in our education systems and the ways Black children and communities in particular are not or poorly invested in. These disparities are not new or unique to the Black experience, no matter what country you live in. But there IS a difference in how they are displayed and the corresponding effects they have on our community as a whole.
  • Eli Mshomi
    Published 2 months ago
    Vote by Mail: The Pandemic’s Saving Grace?

    Vote by Mail: The Pandemic’s Saving Grace?

    Introduction Corona Virus Pandemic in US and Voting Right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country, a lot of citizens are scared just to go to the grocery store. So with one of the most important elections in years just weeks away, many are turning to vote-by-mail. However, can states that don’t have the infrastructure for mail voting make the change, or will this election season go down as one the most chaotic in American history?
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 3 months ago
    Kamala Harris: Interesting Things About Joe Biden's Running Mate

    Kamala Harris: Interesting Things About Joe Biden's Running Mate

    Senator Kamala Harris was already well known by some who follow politics. However, there are some interesting things that people might not know about the person who will be on the ticket along with Joe Biden for the 2020 Presidential Election.
  • gemma dart
    Published 3 months ago
    Are You Still Watching Black Lives Matter?

    Are You Still Watching Black Lives Matter?

    We're witnessing history in the making - a revolution for equality and justice. For some this revolution happening on our doorsteps, for others across seas.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 3 months ago
    
Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Robert Lewis, an American politician and civil rights leader died of Stage IV pancreatic cancer on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the age of 80. He made the announcement about the disease in a statement on December 29, 2019.
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 3 months ago
    Washington Redskins rebranding brings racism against Native Americans to the forefront

    Washington Redskins rebranding brings racism against Native Americans to the forefront

    About five or six years ago, I mentioned to a family member that the name Washington Redskins was racist. He said he never thought of it that way and from that point, I began feeling uneasy whenever I saw the logo. I later spoke with my husband about it and said African Americans and Caucasians would never accept a team named “black skins” or “white skins”. I thought of the song from Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan, “ What makes the red man red?”
  • Sharon Wilfong
    Published 4 months ago
    How the Underground Railroad Inspired a Throughline for My Dystopian Sci-FI Story

    How the Underground Railroad Inspired a Throughline for My Dystopian Sci-FI Story

    Two years ago, I ventured into the world of freelance content writing fulltime. I uprooted my life in Seattle and moved to a beautiful place on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington, where I could live frugally, make art, and write.