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 […]