Across from the train station, I started to get nauseous from a horrific smell emanating from a nearby cafe, which I later found out was second-hand smoke from marijuana.
Even though studying abroad can seem out of reach, giving yourself the chance to experience a new culture allows you to understand your own from an outside perspective, develop unforgettable friendships, and overcome apprehension toward financial constraints. I ultimately decided to go for it.
When I learned that I would be attending a college where 75.9 percent of the student body is composed of white people, I immediately found myself anxious about whether my blackness would be accepted. I shaved off my hair, telling people “I just want a new start.” But I really did it because I did not want to face the awkward looks in the dorm’s bathroom.
“This land of the free robbed you of your freedom/spit on your identity and race/then treated you more Mexican than human…” Ivan, 18, spits powerful poetry as part of the Atlanta Word Works team at Brave New Voices 2016.
From pop culture to sports, I was able to connect with my peers while living abroad and share the voices of three new friends.
Growing up middle or lower class, I’m sure there are there are others with numerous stories of the ridicule they received from their peers for wearing secondhand clothes. But alas, feel no shame! Thrift shopping is a great way to take advantage of the resources that are around you.
In an interview with VOX at a pre-opening sneak peek for the press, Brazilian born photographer Vik Muniz discussed his work and his advice for teens exploring art as a career.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was a pioneer of the Neo-Expressionism movement and one of the most prominent artists of the 1980’s. A commonality amongst the artists of the period were bold, almost crudely-drawn letters strung together into thought-provoking phrases. Basquiat gave life to these letters, treating them with an importance equal to the drawings and sketches […]
Cultural appropriation is when one culture takes pieces of another culture and often misrepresents it. For example, those who wear chopsticks in their hair to represent Chinese women for fashion are appropriating and influencing a stereotype.The counter argument that arose was that the theme choice was more of cultural appreciation. The difference is that if you’re appreciating it, you’re representing the culture correctly and using it for honest purposes, not just to look good.
It’s hard to say what we would be like as a society if the Civil Rights Movement had not been successful, but I believe it would favor white Americans. As a Mexican- American, at first glance the Civil Rights Movement seems to have nothing to do with me, but it has everything to do with me.