Cultural Appreciation vs Cultural Appropriation: A Dekalb School Debates Their Prom Theme

  |  Topic: Culture, Identity, My Story, Opinion, Personal, School

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.

Civil Rights Movement Matters Laid Ground Work for Minority Voices

  |  Topic: Culture, Identity, Opinion, Personal, Politics

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.

Misogynist or Pioneer? The Women Of Quentin Tarantino’s Films

  |  Topic: Culture, Entertainment, Girl Code, Identity, Movies, Opinion, Senior Picks 2016

The first time I spotted my parents’ copies of “Kill Bill,” I knew that they were something special. They stood out amongst the rest of our dark, plain DVD cases with their vivid yellow and red spines, and the cover image of a leather-clad, poker-faced, samurai-sword-wielding Uma Thurman captivated me. I was only eight then, […]

Twitter Wars: The Politics of Kanye’s Sexuality

  |  Topic: Culture, Media Analysis, Music, Opinion, Relationships, Senior Picks 2016

If you were lucky enough to see the Twitter war that ensued between Kanye and Wiz Khalifa, you probably saw Amber Rose swoop in and mention how she recalls Kanye enjoying her putting her fingers in his lower orifice (read: butt crack) during sex, calling him a “fingersinthebootya**b*tch.” The chaos that ensued after her comment […]

Get (in)Formation: Beyonce’s Video Addressing Issues Affecting Blacks Isn’t A Problem

  |  Topic: Culture, Media Analysis, Opinion
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary since its birth, Beyonce and her team paid tribute to the The Black Panthers. The empowering effort has been fogged by slander. “Formation” has been portrayed as polarizing, described along the lines of reverse racism. In an interview with CNN, Rudy Giuliani spoke on the performance, calling it an […]

How Not to be a Problematic Customer in the Checkout Line: Seven Easy Guidelines

  |  Topic: Advice, Culture, General, Personal

I have seen a lot of crazy things happen while I’ve cashiered. As a cashier, you really can’t just say something bothers you, because, as the saying goes: “The customer is always right.” Right? Well, sure, but that doesn’t mean that they’re always angelic. So here is a list of some things that some cashiers […]

“Need” Versus Want: Charbonneau’s Book Will Have Teens Rethinking Social Media Use

  |  Topic: Books, Culture, Reviews
Joelle Charbonneau's book has teens doing things they may regret all for the sake of "Need."

Imagine a world where all you had to do was type what you need on your social media site and suddenly it appears on your doorstep. Oh, but there’s a catch! In order to have your need fulfilled you have to do something in return. In the case of Joelle Charbonneau’s “Need,” a new social […]

Clothing is Losing its Gender: Jaden Smith’s Louis Vuitton Campaign Bends Gender Norms

  |  Topic: Culture, Fashion, Guy Code, VOX Greatest Hits
Jaden Smith dons a skirt in a Louis Vuitton ad, drawing criticism about what boys should and should not wear.

Recently, Jaden Smith, model, actor, and thought provoking Twitter user, signed on as the spokesperson for Louis Vuitton. What’s more, he can be seen in the fashion spreads wearing skirts, causing some gender norms conversations:   #JadenSmith just another example of a broken child star — [Insert Name Here] (@SizweMonsterNka) January 25, 2016     […]

South Asians in Media: A Love Letter to Aziz Ansari and South Asians

  |  Topic: Culture, Entertainment, Identity, International, Race/Ethnicity, Senior Picks 2016, TV
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Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series, “Master of None,” was released to critical acclaim earlier this month. Celebrated for its stylistic humor and effortless social commentary, “Master of None” has been deemed the best new television show of the fall season. The show has also been revered for its remarkable portrayal of minorities within the series and […]