‘Nina’ Casting Reflects Colorist Issues in Film Industry

  |  Topic: Opinion, Race/Ethnicity, Senior Picks 2016
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Typically, when we hear of actors wearing wigs, fake teeth, prosthetic noses, and makeup that changes the color of their skin, outrageous characters such as werewolves, aliens, and witches come to mind. But in late 2012, fans across the country were disappointed to know that Zoe Saldana would require these cosmetic contrivances in order to […]

Top Ten Songs that Encourage (and Discourage) Healthy Relationships

  |  Topic: Music, Senior Picks 2016, Teen Dating Violence, VOX Investigates

This semester, VOX Investigates takes a deep dive into teen dating violence. According to loveisrespect.org, an organization dedicated to combating dating violence, one in three teens is a victim of sexual, physical, verbal or emotional abuse stemming from an unhealthy dating relationship. Sometimes, unhealthy relationships can be ingrained in our thinking through various mediums, including […]

VOX’s Girls Group Reflect on Rape Culture, Body Image, Bonding

  |  Topic: Girl Code, Identity, Senior Picks 2016

Being a girl isn’t any easier than being a woman. VOX’s Girls Group provides teens in the program the opportunity to support each other in collective experiences while enhancing individual voices. Below are some reflections and collages a few Girls Group members conceptualized during their February 5th Girls Group Lock-In.   “Different World” episode key […]

Is Pride School Atlanta the Best Investment for Your Child?

  |  Topic: Editor Picks, Education, Identity, LGBTQ, School, Senior Picks 2016

Christian Zsilavetz, co-founder of Pride School Atlanta and transgender male, feels as though LGBT identifying and gender nonconforming kids should be in a school environment where students are able to “be, learn, and grow.” Pride School Atlanta is a K-12, private school geared toward students and educators who want a safe and encouraging education academically and socially. This sounds like heaven for any student no matter how they sexually identify, but in the court of public opinion the school has received national coverage and criticism.

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 […]

Hollywood Magic: Celebs Can Help Spread the Message to Get Tested

  |  Topic: Editor Picks, Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Senior Picks 2016, VOX Investigates

Keep reading for this compelling opinion piece by Jada. More than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV. About 30 million people have died from HIV & AIDS-related causes since its discovery in 1981. Roughly 1.7 million died of HIV & AIDS in 2011 alone. Out of all those people who have […]

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 […]

Do White Girls Do It Better?

  |  Topic: Culture, Entertainment, General, Girl Code, Identity, News, Race/Ethnicity, Senior Picks 2016
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Recently, Kylie Jenner, the young reality star from “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” photographed herself with her new do — cornrows — and captioned it “I woke up like disss (sic).” The Instagram post got more than 1.3 million likes.